Emmy was estranged from her father, after the movie her dad calls her to tell her he has cancer.
To show awareness for this disease many people did the ALS ice bucket challenge, Hilary Swank included. Then her character portrayed the devastating effects of this disease.
Hilary Swank, Emmy Rossum, Marcia Gay Harden and Frances Fisher had all previously worked with Clint Eastwood. Swank in "Million Dollar Baby" (2004), Rossum and Harden in "Mystic River" (2003) and Fisher in "Unforgiven" (1992).
This is the second film that stars Emmy Rossum and Frances Fisher. They both previously worked together in "The Audrey Hepburn Story" (2000), where they both played mother and daughter. In this film, Fisher and Hilary Swank also play mother and daughter.