“Do women fight like this?”: Greta Gerwig Was Stunned After Her 5-Oscars Nominated Film Confused Studio Execs For the Most Foolish Reason

Greta Gerwig Was Stunned After Her 5-Oscars Nominated Film Confused Studio Execs For the Most Foolish Reason
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Starting her Hollywood career with independent movies, Greta Gerwig has now become an acclaimed name in Hollywood. Known for films like Lady Bird, Little Women, and the most recent Margot Robbie starrer, Barbie, she has earned a place among some of the best filmmakers in the film industry. However, the path to success certainly was not easy for her. Gerwig has had her fair share of questions and criticism. However, some of these questions were also not always the best.

Barbie director, Greta Gerwig
Greta Gerwig

During her appearance on The Hollywood Reporter Director’s Roundtable, the filmmaker recounted an amusing query she got while working on her 2017 Oscar-nominated film, Lady Bird.

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Greta Gerwig Talks About Working on Lady Bird

Starring Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf, Greta Gerwig’s 2017 coming-of-age comedy-drama, Lady Bird, follows the strained relationship between a mother and her high school senior daughter, Christine McPherson. The movie was praised by critics and was a box office hit, grossing over $78 million on a budget of $10 million.

Greta Gerwig's Lady Bird (2017)
Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird (2017)

During her appearance at the 2018 Director’s Roundtable, the filmmaker was asked if she had a hard time getting a female-oriented film off the ground in a “male dominating” industry. Talking about the movie, Gerwig said that she felt like “picking up tiny little pebbles,” as it was not something grand.

However, she was amused by how different people reacted to the story. The Barbie director said that people who had sisters or daughters were able to relate to the story. However, it was not the same when it came to the ones who did not have the same environment, as they were skeptical if women even fought like this.

Greta Gerwig on the set of Lady Bird (2017)
Greta Gerwig on the set of Lady Bird (2017)

“Do women fight like this,” Gerwig recalled. The director shared that she was aware of the issues she would have to face to bring the story to life. However, she was determined and was glad that she was not asked to make any changes to the script. The movie went on to receive five nominations at the 90th Academy Awards, which also made Gerwig the fifth female filmmaker to be nominated for Best Director.

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Greta Gerwig Wanted Lady Bird Stars to Cameo in Barbie

Saoirse Ronan portrayed the title character alongside Timothee Chalamet in Greta Gerwig’s 2017 film Lady Bird, which is also described as “semi-autobiographical” for the movie’s director, despite her denial. And it’s not the only film that the duo has worked together on.

Saoirse Ronan with Timothee Chalamet
Saoirse Ronan and Timothee Chalamet

Following the success of the 2017 film, Gerwig and Ronan reunited for the seventh film adaptation of the 1868 novel by Louisa May Alcott, Little Women. Her Lady Bird co-star Timothee Chalamet also joined its cast. The filmmaker also planned a cameo for them in her recent blockbuster, Barbie.

“It was going to be a specialty cameo. I was also going to do a specialty cameo with Timmy, and both of them couldn’t do it,” she said in an interview with Cinemablend. She also said that it felt like doing something “without my children.” However, it did not work out as both Ronan and Chalamet were not available at the time.

Lady Bird is available on Paramount+ and Showtime.


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Source: The Hollywood Reporter Director’s Roundtable


Written by Laxmi Rajput

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Laxmi Rajput is a writer at Fandomwire. She finished her Post Graduation in Broadcast Journalism and worked as a Business News writer for a year. But her interest in entertainment and pop culture compelled her to find a way towards Entertainment Journalism. She has worked across various fields and has 2 years of experience in content writing. She likes reading, music, movies, and traveling. She aspires to become a fiction writer in the future.