Everyone is excited about their respective Golden Globes nominations, but Frances Ha star Greta Gerwig can be forgiven for being even more excited than most. “I’m sorry if this is incoherent, I’m just really happy!” she gushed to EW on the phone this afternoon while celebrating her first nomination.
Her Lead Actress in a Comedy nod was something of a surprise, given the small scale of the film and the May theatrical release date, but voters were clearly impressed by her portrayal of the titular Frances, a twenty-something dancer who’s struggling with friend drama and career aspirations that are seeming less and less likely. If you’re a woman with a tell-everything-in-the-world-to best friend, you can easily relate to Frances’ co-dependent friendship struggles once guys enter the picture.
In addition to starring, Gerwig also co-wrote the script with her boyfriend, director Noah Baumbach. “It sounds goofy artistic, but we really did let the character tell us what the story was supposed to be,” Gerwig explained. “I really wanted to make something that was an anthem for female friendship and the last part of youth. That moment right before you start living your life in way that’s going to be OK for the next 10 years. And I love all the characters and I think we wanted to treat everyone in the film with honesty but also dignity. I think that’s what always inspires me to make things, to give people their due. Because I love people and being to create them onscreen in a story is the most fun I have doing anything.”
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