belpowley1Marielle Heller makes her directorial debut in The Diary of a Teenage Girl, a 1970s, set coming of age drama that features a star turn from relative newcomer Bel Powley. Based on Phoebe Gloeckner’s novel of the same name, the story is centers on Minnie Goetze (Powley) a teen who falls in lust and love with her mother’s overly mellow boyfriend Monroe (Alexander Skarsgård). Kristen Wiig co-stars as Minnie’s librarian mom.

Powley submitted an audition tape and at the end of the tape she looked directly at the camera and addressed Heller, explaining why she felt connected to the material. Though Heller auditioned “hundreds of girls” for the role, she kept coming back to Powley.

“Part of the thing about doing a passion project is you want other people who are passionate about it to be involved,” says Heller. “So it really meant a lot to me that it resonated with Bel because I also felt like she knew who this character was in her bones. I wanted people who loved it as much as I did and saw Minnie as this heroine that we’ve been looking for as women.”

Click on the media bar to hear Bel Powley recount her audition tape for The Diary of a Teenage Girl:

The Diary of a Teenage Girl opens in New York and Los Angeles August 7. To read about Alexander Skårsgard’s own journey with the film, check out this post from Find Your Seen .

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Posted By: Greg Srisavasdi