Greta Gerwig stars in writer/director Rebecca Miller’s Maggie’s Plan, a New York set comedy that is a welcome change of pace from her previous work (The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, The Ballad of Jack and Rose). Though Miller’s dramas are arresting in their own right, it’s wonderful to see Miller bring a lighter touch with her latest effort.
Maggie (Gerwig) has a solid career in education and her ethical and focused manner has put her in good stead. Her main desire is to have a family, and her “plan” is to have a pickle business owner (Travis Fimmel) serve as her sperm donor. Complications arise when she falls in love with a self-absorbed anthropology professor (Ethan Hawke) who’s married to an ambitious and exacting academic (a scene stealing Julianne Moore).
The film, which subtly pays homage to Woody Allen’s own New York stories, opens in New York and Los Angeles May 20, and during this week’s press conference I asked Gerwig about her own intentions to direct (she’s writing and directing the feature Lady Bird).
“I knew that there were people who directed,” said Gerwig, who also co-directed the 2008 movie Nights and Weekends with Joe Swanberg and co-wrote the Noah Baumbauch directed Frances Ha and Mistress America. “I knew there were women who directed. It was not like I didn’t know that it existed. But I think in absence of any examples it’s very hard to imagine yourself doing it.”
Click on the media bar below to hear Gerwig talk about how Rebecca Miller has inspired her as a director.