Greta Gerwig, director of the “Barbie” movie, spoke about her experience behind the film on the “Dua Lipa At Your Service” podcast. Anecdotes and personal stories, linked to the Mattel doll project, generated interest and caused astonishment. Her artistic career was another topic that occupied the lively conversation.
The also actress revealed that at first she was terrified of the project, but she was finally moved and encouraged to write the script and direct the film. Her partner Noah Baumbach, also a director, co-wrote the script with her.
In partnership with Mattel and Warner Bros. Margot Robbie secured the rights to ‘Barbie’ with her production company Lucky Chap. When doing it, he asked me if I would like to be the screenwriter, so I started doing it together with Noah at the beginning of the pandemic in 2020. He was a little puzzled, but I gave him some ideas that he really liked and from there we started to build something, ” Gerwig said.
A fear that gave him wings
Likewise, in the interview she narrated that initially she would only write “Barbie”, but while doing so she became passionate and fell in love with the idea of being the director. «I was very excited, in large part because it was scary, I did not know what to expect from the final result. I was like ‘Oh no, ‘Barbie’! Anything is possible, this could end my career.’ But I think that in that very interesting feeling of terror lies the best things ».
At the same time, when asked by Dua Lipa how she managed to keep the vision she had for this long-awaited film genuine, Gerwig replied that it was all based on the good attitude of the other parties involved. “The Mattel guys were wonderful partners. At no time did they attempt to control the narrative or our proposals. That is incredibly unique and strange. They were completely on board and gave us confidence for the project. Margot’s support and determination played a role as well, along with my intuition.”