Greta Gerwig thought ‘Barbie’ could be a ‘career end’ before filming: ‘It was terrifying’

Greta Gerwig had some serious initial concerns about being all dolled up for her upcoming one Barbie film starring Margot Robbie.

The director, who co-wrote the film’s script with partner Noah Baumbach, revealed she was both excited and “terrified” of directing the project before production began in March.

“It was terrifying. I think that was a big part,” Gerwig said of Dua Lipa. At your service Friday podcasts. “I think there’s something about starting there where it’s like, ‘Well, anything is possible!’ I felt dizzy starting to write it. Like, where do you start? What would the story be?”

Though she felt daunted by the idea of ​​bringing the legendary toy franchise to the big screen, Gerwig praised the film — starring Robbie and Ryan Gosling as Barbie and Ken — for pushing her out of her comfort zone.

“That feeling I had was knowing it was going to be a really interesting terror. That’s usually where the best stuff is,” she shared. “When you say, ‘I’m terrified of this.’ Anything where you’re like, ‘This could be a career-ending,’ then you’re like, ‘Okay, I should probably do this.'”

She also took comfort knowing that her vision for the film — and all its cowboy hats, ’80s spandex, and Kenergy — had both Robbie, who is a co-producer, and the full support of Mattel.

“Mattel has been an amazing partner who has given us so much confidence and so much freedom and I think that’s incredibly rare,” Gerwig said. “Whatever we wanted it to be, they didn’t try to micromanage it. They were completely on board as a partner and that was extraordinary.”

Margot Robbie as Barbie and Ryan Gosling as Ken in Barbie

Margot Robbie as Barbie and Ryan Gosling as Ken in Barbie

Jaap Buitendijk/Warner Bros.(2) Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling in “Barbie”

Instead, Gerwig noted that they gave her access to the complete Barbie archives. “They really put their trust in us,” she said. “And I think a big reason for that was actually Margot and Tom [Ackerley] and the way they too, you know, said, ‘We want to make this movie and we want to make his vision come true. We don’t have to make any Barbie movies. We want to do This.‘”

As a result, Gerwig said, she was “very supported in what I wanted to do.” She added, “I usually know on a gut level if something feels right. And if it doesn’t you can lie to yourself, but it’s not going to end up in a good place.”

The film, which boasts an all-star cast including Simu Liu, Issa Rae, Michael Cera, America Ferrera and more, will hit theaters on July 21, 2023.

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