“This is a relationship that has sacred things that should not be used as a weapon in argument — and they both ignore that… It creates this anxiety that someone is going to say something that they’re never going to be able to recover from.”

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1 min readJan 12, 2021

In the upcoming Netflix film Malcolm & Marie, John David Washington and Zendaya masterfully depict a lovers’ quarrel that goes way too far. These two are habitual line-steppers, and their night of heated back-and-forth is a master class in acting—and the do’s and don’ts of how to argue with your significant other.

Ahead of the film’s streaming release on February 5, both thespians (as well as Malcolm & Marie writer and director Sam Levinson) spoke with LEVEL’s own Aliya S. King about the art of fighting fair and how it plays out in their lives on- and off-screen. It leaves only one question: Are you #TeamMarie or #TeamMalcolm?

Read the full interview here: