iRATEfilms sits down with Greta Gerwig in Chicago

I recently had the opportunity to interview Greta Gerwig; star of Greenburg, Arthur, (the upcoming Woody Allen film) To Rome With Love, and for this interview Damsels in Distress.

David Limacher: Good afternoon, and thank you for this interview.

Greta Gerwig: Good afternoon and it is my pleasure.

DL: I wanted to ask you first what made you decide to want to play Violet in Damsels in Distress.

GG: Well, I became a “movie nerd” when I went to college, and one of my favorite movies was “Last Days of Disco” so I really wanted the opportunity to work with Whit Stillman.

DL: What was it like working with Whit Stillman?

GG: It was an absolute dream come true for me. He has such interesting dialogue and character development. He was really laid back and let the actors make the characters their own. I was a little nervous because I wanted to impress him, and not ruin the words that he had written so eloquently. It had been so long since he had done a movie, as well. I had thought that he had given up doing what he did so well, but I hope this is like a comeback movie for him.

DL: What was the biggest challenge you faced when making the movie? Was it the dancing, or nerves?

GG: I would say the biggest challenge I faced was dancing with the guys. All the girls had relative experience, and the guys were all just really bad dancers! They improved, but it was a little terrifying at first.

DL: Even Adam Brody?

GG: (laughing) ESPECIALLY Adam. He was one of the worst dancers I had ever seen in my life. Fortunately though he got really good, and by the end I was not as near concerned about getting hurt by him, or him getting hurt as I was at the beginning of the dance practices.

DL: What was it like for you working on what some may consider a musical?

GG: I have always LOVED musicals. Ever since I was little girl I have always found myself drawn to musicals. Cats was and still is one of my favorites. I just really enjoyed the opportunity, and the fact I got to dance as much as I did in this movie made it even more special for me. It was really fun to let loose and do something I never thought I’d be able to do.

DL: What do you believe that you will take away the most from working on Damsels in Distress?

GG: There are so many things. I loved working with Whit. That was really something I had wanted to do for the longest time, and is something I will never forget. I also loved all the dancing, and fun we had while making it. The friends I made and also the experiences we all had was fun. I always enjoy working on movies, and this was one of the most fun sets I ever worked on.

DL: Since we have some time left, can we talk about past and future projects?

GG: OF Course.

DL: Excellent! I heard you recently wrapped on “To Rome with Love”. What was it like working with Woody Allen?

GG: Such a blast. The cast is amazing, the script is outstanding, and it was just an experience that I want to live over and over. I can’t tell you how lucky I feel to have been blessed with the opportunities I have had over the past year or so. I wish I could talk more about it, but it’s really hush hush right now.

DL: I understand completely.

GG: Thank You, and I must say you’ve done your research.

DL: I try. I wanted to ask you about Greenburg.

GG: So much fun.

DL: It seemed like it.

GG: Honestly, one of the funniest things about that movie is how many guys come up to me and say “I loved you in Greenburg!” I just wonder if they loved my acting, or my character?

DL: How so?

GG: Because Florence is such a mess. She stays with Greenburg, though he treats her like garbage. I just wonder if the guys who say that only enjoyed me because I stayed with him no matter how badly he treated her. I’d rather a guy say “You were so hot in Greenburg!” That way I would at least know that they thought I was attractive, and not just because I put up with how he treated me.

DL: WOW! I never even thought of it that way. I just thought it was a complex movie, and you did a great job in that role.

GG: Thank you for saying that. It makes me feel good that you saw that I was playing a role, and that’s not who I am in real life. I sometimes wonder if people really feel that way about other actors in significant roles as well.

DL: We are running out of time, and I wanted to thank you once again for taking the time for this interview.

GG: You’re very welcome.

DL: I also wanted to point out that you really captivate the screen in Damsels in Distress, and made the movie more enjoyable.

GG: Thank You for that, it really was an honor making this movie. I only hope more people see it the way that you did, would make the whole thing more worthwhile.

[Swift aside – I told David the next time he sits down with Greta Gerwig, he better get some pix!   I never saw Greenburg, but sure as hell loved her in Arthur]

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