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"It is very easy to do work that exclusively focuses on the emotional life of women, but I think I am just very interested in other aspects of women’s lives, inevitably because I’m interested in gender politics. So when I read a script, if the story is one purely of a romantic trajectory for the female character I do judge that. I think, “Why are you not interested or engaged in this woman’s working life, her spiritual development, her artistic growth, her journey as a mother?” It is very easy, I think, to end up allowing the female character to be a cypher for the male character’s emotional progression or an enabler for his emotional progression; I’m just not very interested in those stories. So I prefer to do work where there are other things going on."

Romola Garai about representation in The Interval. (via romoladaily)

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“When I really started thinking more seriously about my industry and how it treats women, I thought, ‘I would rather say stuff and have people laugh at me than say nothing about it at all.’”— Romola Garai talking about gender equality // The Interval (x)

This is one of my favorite interviews we’ve done for The Interval. If you’re interested in a really, really smart woman’s thoughts on being a woman working in the entertainment industry, read it. 


If you haven’t checked out The Interval yet, I recommend it. They’ve only been around since August but they are doing some fantastic interviews with female theatrical professionals. I mean Susan Stroman, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Heidi Schreck, Christina Anderson, Lindsay Mendez, etc etc. It’s nice to see a site devoted solely to women in theater. Keep an eye on them.

I met them yesterday at maxamoo HQ- they recorded an interview that I believe will be up the same day as the Female Playwright Preview I did- and they were lovely. I’m looking forward to hearing more from them.


Andrew Upton and Cate Blanchett by Lisa Tomasetti - 2010




Vintage French postcard, 1913.

Vivien Leigh in Gone with the Wind (1939).


Katharine Hepburn in Holiday (1938).

But, Ricky, why can't I be in the show?

You know what's funny? Don't worry. I'll tell you.

Some Facts for the Biographer:

Raised in Ohio. Now in Manhattan. I drink too much Diet Coke. I saw my first I Love Lucy episode at three and from then on assumed “trying to put on a show” was a perfectly normal pastime. . When I am bored I like to look at real estate online. I have a giant stuffed leopard named Baby. I think I would make an excellent spy. When I am scared I sing showtunes to myself. I have, on more than one occasion, been asked to use my “indoor voice” at the Met. About once every two months I think I’d like to live on a farm. When I am sad I like to put my fur vest on, eat grapefruit with my special grapefruit spoons, and pretend I am in 1930s Hollywood. I like making people gifts. One day I would like to own a pink and green plaid piano. Lady Mary is my role model. One of my life goals is to learn to tap dance.

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