NYGossipGirl Exclusive Interview: Greta Gerwig
The 28-year-old actress is best known for her roles in Greenberg and Arthur.
Gerwig stars in Fox Searchlight’s Lola Versus, a film that centers around Lola, who is dumped by her boyfriend just three weeks before their wedding. She enlists her close friends for a series of adventures she hopes will help her come to terms with approaching 30 as a single woman.
NYGG: When you read the script, how much did you relate to Lola?
Gerwig: I related a lot to Lola. I think that I was just happy to see a female character that is a mess and makes big mistakes and is not just cute. She’s deeply flawed and she has big things to get over and not just cosmetic things – that’s always lame. That’s what I responded to. As a character she’s very different then I am, but I related to the realness that she was going through.
NYGG: You do a lot of indie films, are you looking to do more mainstream ones?
Gerwig: Well for me, this is mainstream [laughs]. This is totally my mainstream moment, but I love big movies. I love little movies. I have so little control over what happens, who wants to cast me, who’s interested in me. I’m totally opened to doing big things. I tend to be drawn to smaller projects and those projects are drawn to me. Maybe one day it’ll shift, but I’m fine with the way it is.
Check out the rest of the exclusive interview after the jump!
NYGG: Are you primarily looking at projects in New York?
Gerwig: I don’t think about where a project is being shot. I care about the script and director a lot.
NYGG: How do you feel about this being your first major lead role?
Gerwig: Yeah, I’m still nervous. It was very scary. I mean I did a big role for Damsels in Distress, but it was more of an ensemble movie anyway. With this one, I felt very exposed, which made me nervous. I think it was good ultimately.
NYGG: Do you have any upcoming projects?
Gerwig: Well I have the Woody Allen movie and that’s the next big one. It’s exciting.
NYGG: What was it like working with him on the film?
Gerwig: He’s amazing, he’s incredible. I’ve loved him my whole life as a director and writer, and working with him was extraordinary and surreal. It was also in Rome which added to how surreal it was. I actually don’t know what I’m going to do when I have to do the real press junket for it because I have nothing to say except for ‘It was amazing.’ And then I don’t know, it’s kind of up in the air, but that’s how it goes. You’re always uncertain. It’s the life of uncertainty.
NYGG: How do you deal with that?
Gerwig: It’s really hard. I’ve gotten better at it, but it’s really difficult because it feels like you’re constantly flying on a plane – you have no control. It just feels like I’m on this ride and I hope we land this plane.