In an interview with USA Today, Shlesinger said that "the first two-thirds of the movie are the mostly true parts," stating that the real story "ended with a whimper, not with a bang." She also said that unlike the 94-minute Netflix movie, her real-life disastrous relationship unfolded like "one very slow, drawn-out car wreck."
Shlesinger says in addition to the fact that she and her character, Andrea Singer, are both comedians, they are similar in fundamental ways as well. "I think Hollywood would lead you to believe women are hapless in love, or hopeless romantics, or clumsy, or too strong and have it coming, when in actuality most women are not hot messes," she told USA Today. "Most women do take care of themselves and have a career and friends and an enriching life and are dating and dating whoever they choose."
Similar to her character, she says that she is driven, is not insecure, and is able to trust others, traits that are not often found in female characters, especially in romantic comedies. "She's just a normal girl who is working her way through life, works on her career, loves her friends, and kind of gets something that she doesn't deserve," says Shlesinger. "She's more like a normal girl than we see in romantic comedies. She's not hapless. ... She didn't need any saving." -Daily News
Yes. The Good on Paper true story confirms that this is indeed how she met her lying ex-boyfriend. She described meeting him on a plane during her 2015 stand-up segment titled "Lying Brian" on Comedy Central's This Is Not Happening, as well as during her 2014 Joe Rogan Experience podcast appearance.
Yes. In the Good on Paper movie, Andrea Singer (Iliza Shlesinger) is talking to Dennis Kelly (Ryan Hansen) on the phone when he tells her that his mother has cancer. A fact-check confirms that he revealed the news the same night that she had gone out to dinner with an attractive, muscular friend. In the movie, the good-looking friend is portrayed by The Bachelor's Tyler Cameron. Shlesinger posted a picture to Instagram of herself and her friend at dinner and thinks that is what triggered her boyfriend to call and reveal that his mother had cancer. "I think he saw that picture on Instagram, and he was like, 'I gotta do somethin' to shake this up.'"
In a 2021 USA Today interview, Shlesinger said that his roommate told them that his mother didn't have cancer. However, on the 2014 Joe Rogan Experience podcast, she said that she didn't know if his mother really had cancer. Given that they had only broken up three months prior to her appearance on Joe Rogan's show, it seems that she likely talked to the roommate again later.
During an interview with Screen Rant, Iliza Shlesinger indicated that her character's close friendship with Margot (Margaret Cho) in the movie was loosely based on the strong bond she has with her own best friend.
"We were friends for about a year," she said. "A little bit after a year, we dated for about three months. It was only at the end of that, that I started to put together he had lied about every single thing since the day I met him." -Daily News
No. Iliza Shlesinger described the real-life ending as being far less climactic. "I sent a text, and I said, 'I know you didn't go to Yale,' and he wrote back something to the extent of, 'I did not go to Yale. I've been lying to you every day since the day I met you.'" Shlesinger says that her mom had called the Yale Registrar's Office and confirmed that they hadn't had a graduate with his name since around 1985. After her mother Googled him, she found out in his bio on his employer's website that he went to the University of Ohio. -USA Today
Shlesinger said that after she learned that her boyfriend had lied about who he was, it really stopped her in her tracks. She said that the relationship had felt serious and that he had even talked about getting married. She remarked that the break-up, which happened in early 2014, was painful, but turning it into art was a cathartic process that allowed her to heal. When she thinks about it now, she thinks about the happy memories of making the Good on Paper movie instead of the painful memories of her experience. -Screen Rant YouTube