Barbara Streisand discussed her new role of Joyce Brewster in her upcoming comedy ‘The Guilt Trip’ with her co-star, Seth Rogen, and ‘Extra‘ host Jerry Penacoli. The entertainment news show host said the role was a big deal for the actress, as it’s her first starring role in 16 years. Streisand agreed, saying “It was a big deal to go back full time five days a week to work..I tried to talk them out of hiring me.”

Streisand said she actually took on the role of Joyce because of her son, Jason. Penacoli asked the actress, “Is it true you actually made the decision based on reading the script with your son?” She answered, “That was the clincher…He said, mom I think you should do it.”

The role wasn’t too much of a stretch for Streisand, as she and her husband, James Brolin, own a truck and often take road trips. While Penacoli was surprised at the revelation, the actress asked, “Why is this so hard to understand or believe?” The ‘Extra’ host answered, “The perception is that you are this iconic figure…legend,” prompting Streisand to say, “What do they do,, iconic figures?” Penacoli answered, “I don’t know I guess not take road trips in trucks…Well, you know, you’re Barbra Streisand.”

Penacoli also commented on the good chemistry between Streisand and Rogen in ‘The Guilt Trip,’ which is set to hit theaters on December 19 and was directed by Anne Fletcher. Rogen joked, “Put a couple of Jews in the room, look what happens!”

Watch the ‘Extra’ interview with Streisand and Rogen below.

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Written by: Karen Benardello

Barbara Streisand Discusses Her Return to a Leading Film Role in The Guilt Trip

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By Karen Benardello

As a graduate of LIU Post with a B.F.A in Journalism, Print and Electronic, Karen Benardello serves as ShockYa's Senior Movies & Television Editor. Her duties include interviewing filmmakers and musicians, and scribing movie, television and music reviews and news articles. As a New York City-area based journalist, she's a member of the guilds, New York Film Critics Online and the Women Film Critics Circle.

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