1. Actor Greta Gerwig talks to Terry Gross about on weight and her character, Florence, in the Noah Baumbach film Greenberg:

Right before my senior year I lost an incredible amount of weight due to chain smoking and really poor personal behavior and I felt so wonderful and I wished it didn’t feel as wonderful as it does and it felt liberating and I felt great about myself and people asked me, ‘Did you get a haircut?’ and I was like, ‘No, I lost 25 pounds, you idiot.’ … I think it also gave me the confidence to kind of go make these movies and do all this stuff because I was high on some kind of thinness. And then when I read the part of Florence I almost felt ashamed because I felt like had been trying to run away from being that person because I thought that that’s what I had to do to make movies and then when I read that part I gained 15, 17, 20 pounds for the part because I knew that was right and I’ve never really lost it. I’ve just kind of stayed that weight. But I think it was like when I read the script I understood it and I also felt like, ‘Oh, you didn’t have to try to be another person to make art or to be an actress. You can be this person and someone will want to tell that story.’”
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    Actor Greta Gerwig talks to Terry Gross about on weight and her character, Florence, in the Noah Baumbach film Greenberg:

    Right before my senior year I lost an incredible amount of weight due to chain smoking and really poor personal behavior and I felt so wonderful and I wished it didn’t feel as wonderful as it does and it felt liberating and I felt great about myself and people asked me, ‘Did you get a haircut?’ and I was like, ‘No, I lost 25 pounds, you idiot.’ … I think it also gave me the confidence to kind of go make these movies and do all this stuff because I was high on some kind of thinness. And then when I read the part of Florence I almost felt ashamed because I felt like had been trying to run away from being that person because I thought that that’s what I had to do to make movies and then when I read that part I gained 15, 17, 20 pounds for the part because I knew that was right and I’ve never really lost it. I’ve just kind of stayed that weight. But I think it was like when I read the script I understood it and I also felt like, ‘Oh, you didn’t have to try to be another person to make art or to be an actress. You can be this person and someone will want to tell that story.’”

  2. Fresh Air

    Interviews

    Greta Gerwig

    Greenberg

    Noah Baumbach

    Frances Ha