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  • - [Joe] This is the right studio,

  • but I can't see...

  • [gasping] Greta Gerwig!

  • - Hi!

  • - [Joe] I'm here for you 73 question interview.

  • And the first question is, how did I end

  • up on a studio lot?

  • - Well, I find myself here at Sony a lot, doing

  • marketing meetings and saying hi to people,

  • and today, I'm here for a screening.

  • - [Joe] When was the last time you actually shot

  • on a sound stage?

  • - I shot on a sound stage last in Massachusetts

  • while I was making my movie Little Women.

  • - [Joe] Cool.

  • And why did you decide to shoot on location

  • for Little Women?

  • - Well, for me, Little Women is a sacred

  • text, and I wanted to treat the place

  • where it was written as sacrosanct.

  • - [Joe] Yeah, no totally.

  • Well I loved the movie.

  • And there have been so many different versions

  • of Little Women over the years.

  • What did you wanna avoid in your retelling?

  • - I wanted to avoid any hoop skirts or corsets,

  • because I find both

  • of those unappealing garments.

  • - [Joe] That completely adds up.

  • And if you could speak to Louisa May

  • Alcott today, what do you think

  • you would ask her?

  • - Well, I think I would say, "what are those

  • "crossed out sections of your journal?

  • "What are in the crossed

  • "out sections, what happened?"

  • 'Cause something did.

  • - [Joe] Well I didn't read the crossed

  • out sections, but I'm gonna take

  • your word for that.

  • - I have to make this screening.

  • Can we walk?

  • - [Joe] I love to walk.

  • Now, I know it's tricky, because this

  • is something very close to you,

  • but what would you say was your favorite

  • scene to shoot from Little Women?

  • - My favorite scene was definitely shooting

  • the dancing with Saoirse and Timmy

  • on the porch, outside of the party.

  • Just because it was so joyful and wonderful,

  • and it was actually three in the morning,

  • in the cold, in Massachusetts.

  • - [Joe] [chuckling] I love Saoirse.

  • And I'm gonna get back to her later, but who

  • is someone in history that you've found

  • to be really inspiring?

  • - Someone is, that I, Virginia Woolf.

  • Virginia Woolf.

  • - [Joe] Virginia Woolf, tell me more.

  • - She was, I mean, what I love about her,

  • so many things, I love her writing,

  • but also, she was included in the canon

  • because she was just better than everyone.

  • And I feel like they thought, "oh, well, that

  • "lady, she's a lady, but she's really great."

  • - [Joe] Is there a story out there that you long

  • to see a retelling of?

  • - The bible, but from the point of view

  • of all the women. [chuckling]

  • - [Joe] Now, you've received immense praise

  • for your writing, along with an Oscar

  • nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay,

  • congratulations for that.

  • - Thank you.

  • - [Joe] Can you describe your perfect

  • setting and setup for writing?

  • - My perfect setup for writing is a place

  • with a bed, a single bed, a bed

  • for just me, because I like to take

  • naps a lot, while I'm writing.

  • It would have a slanted ceiling,

  • it would be very small, it would be like

  • a secret door situation, so no one would know

  • when I was in there.

  • It'd be lots of space where I can put

  • stuff up on the wall, lots of books.

  • But, cozy and secret.

  • - [Joe] I wasn't expecting that

  • to be so elaborate, but--

  • - I have it planned, in a notebook. [chuckling]

  • - [Joe] [chuckling] Writing original, or adaptive?

  • Which do you prefer?

  • - Well original, but I treat

  • it all like it's original,

  • even if I'm adapting something.

  • - [Joe] Now let me in on a secret,

  • are you trying to get Saoirse

  • and Timothee to date?

  • - Who wouldn't want them to date?

  • They're so good looking.

  • - [Joe] True.

  • Would you direct another period piece?

  • - Yes.

  • - [Joe] In what borough would Jo March

  • live in today?

  • - Manhattan.

  • - [Joe] What was your first apartment

  • in New York like?

  • [machinery buzzing]

  • - My generator just went on.

  • - [Joe] It's the one take interview, Greta.

  • - I lived in the dorms, up at Barnard College,

  • Columbia, and then I was on 113th Street,

  • in a studio apartment.

  • With a friend.

  • - [Joe] Oh, and what's your favorite

  • thing to do in New York City on a rare day off?

  • - Walking.

  • Just tons of walking.

  • Walking from my apartment all the way

  • to the Met, walk around the Met, walk back.

  • - [Joe] And what about Los Angeles?

  • - I go to a place where I can walk.

  • - [Joe] You've been living in New York

  • for a while now.

  • How do you know when a home is a home?

  • - A home is a home when you have books

  • you've actually read in it.

  • - [Joe] What's a reference only people

  • from Sacramento would understand?

  • - The fabulous '40s.

  • No one knows what that is outside of Sacramento.

  • - [Joe] What did six year old Greta

  • think she would be when she grew up?

  • - A nun, because I liked the outfits.

  • - [Joe] [chuckling] what's the role

  • you never got to play, but always dreamed of?

  • [chuckling] Come on.

  • - Hamlet! [laughing]

  • - [Joe] Ah!

  • - I mean, I still can. [chuckling]

  • - [Joe] Not gonna do a to be or not to be

  • reference there, but anyway, you dance

  • a bunch in your films.

  • Do you mind showing me your favorite

  • move that you've ever done on camera?

  • In any movie.

  • - Yeah, but I can't really do it in heels.

  • I mean it was sort of like, you know,

  • like that new wave dance.

  • - [Joe] Oh, you got it.

  • - Like that kind of, do you know

  • what I'm talking about?

  • - [Joe] No, it's good, yes I do.

  • - That thing.

  • Can you dance too?

  • - [Joe] No I can't.

  • All right, you got me.

  • You got me, I'm doing it.

  • Let's keep walking.

  • Now, in your career, what's something

  • you initially thought was negative,

  • but eventually turned out to be a positive?

  • - Well, I was meant to do a sitcom

  • called How I Met Your Dad, and it didn't work,

  • nobody wanted it.

  • So, that seemed bad, but now it's okay.

  • But, who knows?

  • It could've been great, and I would've had

  • a better alternate life.

  • - [Joe] What's one movie you've watched

  • over 1000 times?

  • - Singing in the Rain.

  • - [Joe] Why did you watch that 1000 times?

  • - Because it's the most joyful thing

  • I've ever really seen on camera.

  • - [Joe] In three words, what's the vibe