The romcom star starred in the popular 1989 movie opposite Billy Crystal.
Now, as she makes her highly anticipated return to the screen, leading and co-directing forthcoming film What Happens Later, following an eight-year hiatus, Ryan has recalled her children’s reactions to one of her most iconic on-screen moments.
At one point in the movie, Ryan and Crystal’s eponymous characters, Sally and Harry, are dining in New York City’s famed Katz’s Delicatessen.
As the two are debating over whether or not Harry can actually decipher the difference between a woman’s real or faked orgasm, Sally unexpectedly begins to loudly fake one to prove a point.
In conversation with comedy legend Carol Burnett for Interview Magazine, Ryan recounted a recent phone call she had with her 31-year-old son Jack Quaid about the unforgettable deli scene.
“It’s funny, my son just called me this morning and he’s in New York staying at a hotel that’s right across the street from Katz’s Deli,” Ryan said.
“My daughter was here and everybody was on speaker, and they were like, ‘Mom, this is a very unique embarrassment,’” the You’ve Got Mail actor remembered, laughing.
“He said, ‘You know you can go into that deli and there’s an arrow pointing down to the table where you shot that scene,’” Ryan continued.
The actor shares son Jack with her ex-husband Dennis Quad. In 2006, she adopted her daughter Daisy, 19, as a single mother.
Ryan has not appeared in a film since the 2015 drama Ithaca, which she also directed.
However, she is set to make her return alongside David Duchovny in What Happens Later, based on the play Shooting Star by Steven Dietz, who co-wrote the film alongside Ryan and playwright Kirk Lynn.
The co-stars play exes who are brought back together when they become stranded in an airport during a blizzard.
The movie’s official synopsis reads: “Two ex lovers, Bill (Duchovny) and Willa (Ryan) get snowed in at a regional airport overnight.
“Indefinitely delayed, Willa, a magical thinker, and Bill, a catastrophic one, find themselves just as attracted to and annoyed by one another as they did decades earlier. But as they unpack the riddle of their mutual past and compare their lives to the dreams they once shared, they begin to wonder if their reunion is mere coincidence, or something more enchanted.”
What Happens Later is set to be released in US cinemas on 13 October.