“It’s nerve-wracking”: ‘Barbie’ Director Greta Gerwig Felt Anxious About Working With ‘Star Wars’ Actor After Her Husband Cast Her in $100 Million Movie

'Barbie' Director Greta Gerwig Felt Anxious About Working With 'Star Wars' Actor After Her Husband Cast Her in $100 Million Movie
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Tagged as “A strange and funny and ultimately moving film about the fear of death” by the New York Times, White Noise was met with a mixed reception from both audiences and critics. Critics who enjoyed the film praised the performances of Adam Driver and Greta Gerwig, as well as the film’s dark humor and satire. However, some found the film to be too long and meandering, and they criticized the way it adapted Don DeLillo’s novel. However, even before the reviews by the audience, Greta Gerwig was highly strung about the movie.

Greta Gerwig
Greta Gerwig

In an interview with The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Gerwig said that she was nervous about playing Babette Gladney, the wife of Jack Gladney (Adam Driver), in the film adaptation of Don DeLillo’s novel.

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Greta Gerwig revealed why she was nervous while filming White Noise

Greta Gerwig is one of the most acclaimed actresses and filmmakers working today. However, during her interaction with Jimmy Fallon, she admitted to feeling nervous while filming the $100 million budget movie White Noise. Revealing how the prospect of working with her husband Noah Baumbach excited her, she was a bit nervous about working with such a talented star cast, including the Star Wars fame actor Adam Driver.

Greta Gerwig would love to direct a James Bond film
Greta Gerwig would love to direct a James Bond film

“[Noah] was actually across the apartment. He sort of called to me and said, ‘Who should play Babette?’ And I said, ‘Obviously, me!’ But I hadn’t acted in a while, and it’s nerve-wracking. And it’s with Adam Driver and Don Cheadle, and really amazing actors.”

Gerwig’s hesitation was understandable since over the past few years before the release of the movie, the actress was busy directing movies like Lady Bird and Little Women. With her last on-camera acting gig in 2016, where she starred in 20th Century Women, prior to White Noise, it’s no surprise that Gerwig’s nerves took over her when she heard the prospects of starring with a big ensemble.

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How did Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach’s Barbie project turn out

Based on the Mattel Barbie doll, which has been a cultural phenomenon for decades, Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach’s Barbie was a huge project with an estimated budget of $145 million. With a star-studded cast that includes Margot Robbie, Ryan Gosling, Simu Liu, and America Ferrera, the film is a “feminist coming-of-age story” that explored the “pressures of perfection” that women face.

Greta Gerwig's Barbie is a commercial success
Greta Gerwig’s Barbie is a commercial success

Released on July 21st, 2023, Barbie has met with a mixed reception from critics and audiences alike. Some have praised the film for its subversive take on the Barbie brand, while others have criticized it for being too shallow and vapid.

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While many praised the performances of Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling, many others loved the visually stunning backdrop. However, at the same time, some critics felt that the movie was too focused on superficial aspects of Barbie’s world and did not offer any nuanced or complex look at the Barbie brand.

Source: Showbiz CheatSheet


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