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Greta Gerwig Opens Up About Her Intense Process as a Filmmaker: 'I Go Feral'

Greta Gerwig Opens Up About Her Intense Process as a Filmmaker: 'I Go Feral'

Greta Gerwig gets serious on the cover of the February issue of Elle UK, on sale January 9th.

Here’s what the 36-year-old filmmaker and actress had to share with the mag:

On her process as a filmmaker: “Everyone who works with me can attest to this – I go into a zone where I don’t wash or return calls and I go feral. I can go into hyperfocus as well as becoming more scattered. I like things that have a great deal of pressure and a lot of deadlines, because I need it.”

On directing Meryl Streep: “Oh, I was terrified as a director, because what am I going to say to her? She’s so smart and she knows more about how films are made than anyone. There were a couple of lines I wrote to get a character from A to B, inelegantly, and you know when Meryl asks, ‘Now why do I say that?’ you’d better have a f**king good answer. It’s intimidating, but it forces you to be better. Unfortunately, it’s uncomfortable to get better, because it means you have to look like an idiot in front of her. But she’s fabulous.”

On being a new mom: “There’s no way I could do it without that help [paid help], as well as my mother and my friends. Whatever you were prepared for, none of it is how you think, as far as I can tell. There has to be a certain amount of denial that goes on.”

For more from Greta Gerwig, visit elle.com/uk.

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Photos: Elle UK/ Mariana Maltoni
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