May December has emerged as one of the films to watch this awards season. Hype around the feature has only exploded further with its recent streaming debut on Netflix.

The story follows Gracie (Julianne Moore) and Joe (Charles Melton), picking up two decades after their infamous romantic relationship graced the cover of every tabloid magazine… and after Gracie’s stint in prison for their affair, which began when Joe was only 13. When actress Elizabeth (Natalie Portman) arrives to do research to bring their story to life on film, Gracie and Joe are forced to reckon with their past in a way they haven’t in 20 years.

As Elizabeth tries to climb inside Gracie’s head, she gets in contact with important people from her life. Arguably the most significant of these connections Elizabeth makes is to Gracie’s son from her first marriage, Georgie. Georgie, played brilliantly by Cory Michael Smith, is the same age as Joe when his mother’s affair becomes public knowledge.

THS had the chance to sit down with Smith to discuss May December and Georgie’s significance to the film. We cover Georgie’s arrested development, where Smith stands on an internet debate about his character’s truthfulness, and even how he got involved designing Georgie’s tattoos and developing a story behind each one.

Smith also talks about his reunion with Academy Award-nominated director Todd Haynes and his excitement to share the screen with Natalie Portman. 

Check out our full interview with Cory Michael Smith below.

May December comes from writers Samy Burch and Alex Mechanik and director Todd Haynes. The film recently received four Golden Globe nominations. These include Best Performance nods for Charles Melton, Natalie Portman, and Julianne Moore, and Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy. Additional accolades also include five Film Independent Spirit Award nominations (Supporting Performance for Melton, Lead Performance for Portman, Best Feature, Best First Screenplay for Burch and Mechanik, Best Director for Haynes); a Palme d’Or nom at Cannes for Haynes; and receiving AFI’s Movie of the Year Award.

You can stream May December on Netflix now.

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