Greta Gerwig on ‘Damsels’

No doubt there will be more of these as we approach whenever the Damsels in Distress release date is, but here’s an interview with Greta Gerwig, a good part of which is about this film (and also No Strings Attached and the Arthur remake that she’s appearing in). Search for “Exactly” to jump straight to the relevant part of the interview.

Greta Gerwig in 'Greenberg'
Greta Gerwig in Greenberg

Here’s one exchange:

Interviewer: I’m assuming it’s filled with the typical dialogue that inhabit his previous films.

Greta Gerwig: I have a lot of things to say. I have a lot of opinions and a lot of things to say. I was so scared when we first started because I so clearly have… you know, the way Chris Eigeman says things, or the way Kate Beckinsale in Last Days of Disco says things, it’s so burned in my mind. The way they talk. And I didn’t want to imitate them, but I was also aware of Whit Stillman speak. But once I got in to it, I think what’s really nice about working with a writer director is that they really have their own rhythm, so even if it’s a lot of words, once you start doing it it starts becoming natural and organic to you and you kind of start speaking like that all the time. I started saying very Whit Stillmany things as I was making it which I think was really annoying to my roommates. But I would say, “and yet…” and then I’d keep talking and they were like, “why are you qualifying everything you’re saying?” and it was like, because now I’m thinking like that.

She thinks Stillman will continue to pull scripts out of his “trunk” and keep making films, although we all know that depends largely on the success of Damsels and the possibilities of future financing…