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Greta Gerwig felt 'terrified' that 'Barbie' could 'end' her career as filmmaker

In a recent interview, Greta Gerwig noted that she felt really 'terrified' while making 'Barbie' because it could have ended her career
Greta Gerwig attending an event and Margot Robbie in a still from 'Barbie' (Christopher Polk/Getty Images and Warner Bros)
Greta Gerwig attending an event and Margot Robbie in a still from 'Barbie' (Christopher Polk/Getty Images and Warner Bros)

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Greta Gerwig has emerged as one of the brightest talents in Hollywood. The actor-turned-director stunned the world with her impeccable acting skills in several movies before stepping into the world of directing. Almost 14 years after directing her first film, Gerwig is probably directing the biggest project of her life in the form of ‘Barbie’ and there are no guesses that she is beyond nervous about the movie coming out.

‘Barbie’ will serve as the franchise’s first live-action film adaptation after a number of animated projects and stars Margot Robbie playing the titular role. On the other hand, Ryan Gosling will be playing the role of Ken. Apart from them, the movie will feature other versions of the fictional characters as well and will be played by different actors. Making a movie on such extraordinary characters is not easy and that’s why the director opened up about the challenges while making the highly-anticipated movie.


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Greta Gerwig attends the
Greta Gerwig attends the "White Noise" UK premiere during the 66th BFI London Film Festival at The Royal Festival Hall on October 06, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for BFI)

While making an appearance on Dua Lipa’s ‘At Your Service’ podcast, the 39-year-old filmmaker revealed that she was really “excited” and nervous while talking about how she felt while filming the project. The ‘White Noise’ star also noted that it felt “terrifying” and felt like “vertigo”.

“It was terrifying. There’s something about starting from that place where it’s like ‘well, anything is possible.’ It felt like vertigo starting to write it. Like, where do you even begin? What would be the story?” Gerwig said. (via Variety)

On the other hand, the filmmaker also felt that this movie could be a “career-ender” for her because of the “terrified” she was while being on the set. She added, “That feeling that I had was knowing that it would be really interesting terror. Usually, that’s where the best stuff is. I am terrified of that. Anything where you’re like, ‘This could be a career-ender,’ then you’re like, ‘OK, I probably should do it.’”

Ryan Gosling's first look as Ken has set the Internet ablaze (Warner Bros Pictures)
Ryan Gosling's first look as Ken has set the Internet ablaze (Warner Bros Pictures)

As far as the plot is concerned, Gerwig and the stars of the movie have kept the plot under wraps and did not let anything slip.

The filmmaker has donned the director’s hat for movies like ‘Lady Bird’ and ‘Little Women,’ both of which earned nominations for the Academy Award for Best Picture. In 2018, she was also included in the annual Time 100 list of the most influential people in the world. She is currently in a relationship with director Noah Baumbach and gave birth to their first child in 2019.

‘Barbie’ also stars America Ferrera, Kate McKinnon, Simu Liu, Issa Rae, Michael Cera, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Rhea Perlman, Sharon Rooney, Scott Evans, Ana Cruz Kayne, Ritu Arya, Jamie Demetriou, Emerald Fennell, Emma Mackey, Ncuti Gatwa and Connor Swindells in pivotal roles.

The film is scheduled to hit theatres on July 21, 2023.