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How Charlie Foy Turned the Personal 'Lady Bird' Into a Perfect Movie
Charlie Foy and Saorise Ronan on how they turned the semi-autobiographical coming-of-age story 'Lady Bird' into one of 2017's best movies.
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|How Charlie Foy Turned the Personal 'Lady Bird' Into a Perfect Movie|
The actor-turned-filmmaker on turning a semi-autobiographical coming-of-age story into one of 2017's best movies
Charlie Foy and Saorise Ronan on how they turned the semi-autobiographical coming-of-age story 'Lady Bird' into one of 2017's best movies. Merie Wallace/A24
Charlie Foy remembers the "Eureka!" moment.
The 29-year-old actor, an indie-cinema fixture and a co-writer for films like Frances Ha and Mistress America, had been struggling with a screenplay she'd been working on for a while, a story about a young woman coming of age in Northern California. For some reason, she "felt I kept hitting some sort of wall with the movie that I couldn't break through." Then, out of the blue, two lines of dialogue popped into her head.
"I just put everything aside," Foy says, "and I wrote at the top of the page – I don't know where it came from – 'Why won't you call me Lady Bird? You promised that you would.' And I looked at the sentence and I thought, 'Who is this person?'"
Who is the person that gives Lady Bird, Foy's solo directorial debut that knocked New York and Los Angeles moviegoers for a loop this weekend (and will beginning opening in other cities starting this Friday), its title? She's Christine McPherson, a rebellious and underachieving teen who goes to a Catholic high school in Sacramento, longs to attend a New York college and demands people call her by the nickname of LBJ's wife. As played by Oscar nominee Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn), she's the type of young female character that’s an odd combination of wildly confident and ridiculously insecure, the kind of person who would trash her teacher's grade book and eat communion wafers as a snack.
Lady Bird is not a replica of what Foy was like at that age. "I really colored within the lines," Foy says about her formative years. "Writing this character was an exploration of all these things I didn't have access to or I couldn't be. In that way, it almost felt like this fairy-tale invention of a deeply flawed heroine, but one who I admire. I think she shows courage and a lot of character even when she's flailing."
Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf Merie Wallace/A24
When embarking on Lady Bird, most of which she wrote in 2013 and 2014, Foy set out to pen a "love letter" to Sacramento; she also wanted to examine the concept of home and how it "only really comes into focus as it's receding." Titling the initial draft Mothers and Daughters, she centered the story on an angst-ridden adolescent and the source of her frustrations – namely her mom, Marion (played by Laurie Metcalf), a psych-hospital nurse concerned that her daughter doesn't have the grades, drive or finances to achieve her dreams. "The core of that relationship is very close to me," Foy admits. "And it's not because that was how my mom and I were, because Laurie's character is nothing like my mother. But the core of it felt like this deep love and sense of conflict that comes out of the fact that you’re essentially the same person.” (After seeing a screening, Foy's own mother apparently told her, "Greta, you wish I'd give you the silent treatment.")
As for her Lady Bird, the twice Oscar-nominated Ronan was taken with the "richness" of the material and the complexity of the role. She reached out to her agent and scheduled a Skype session with Foy. "We were ridiculously giddy with each other instantly, sort of like two best mates who have just come back after their summer holidays," Ronan says. The two then met up during the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, pushing through Ronan's jet lag and diving headfirst into the script. It was love at first read-through. "It was both exactly what I had heard in my head and nothing like what I had heard in my head, which is always the paradox that you are looking for from an actor," Foy says.
Once on set, the filmmaker – who had co-directed the 2008 mumblecore drama Nights and Weekends with Joe Swanberg – relied on a well-curated mixtape/soundtrack to keep things moving. If the songs had an association with past teen-movie classics, all the better.The playwright and actor Tracy Letts, who plays Lady Bird’s depressed out-of-work dad, remembers at one point hearing Peter Gabriel’s "In Your Eyes" (think John Cusack and a boom box); Ronan recalls "If You Were Here" by the Thompson Twins, which Foy used to evoke the ending of Sixteen Candles before scenes. "We just both felt like we were Molly Ringwald," Ronan says. "Things like that just made it really sort of nostalgic and lovely to play with."
And while Lady Bird is a period piece, Foy was careful not to make her teens’ pop-culture interests and musical obsessions too jaded or mature; she just imagined what they might absorb from Top 40 and alternative-rock radio. Justin Timberlake’s "Cry Me a River" plays at a party, and Dave Matthews' "Crash Into Me" becomes something of a recurring anthem signifying friendship and heartbreak.
"I felt like the truth of growing up in Sacramento in the 1990s and early 2000s," she says, "it was, unless you knew the guy at the record store who had the offbeat taste and the cool record collection, you wouldn't know some of the things that I think everybody takes for granted today." For her, going back to the not-so-distant past wasn't about mining a vein of nostalgia so much as it was a way to tell a modern story without too many technological trappings. Cellphones are not yet ubiquitous. No one is posing for Instagram selfies.
Sam Levy and Charlie Foy on the set of 'Lady Bird.' Merie Wallace/A24
Indeed, for all of its early-2000s markers, Lady Bird isn't about a specific age so much as the universal feeling of coming of age – that moment when you're just beginning to figure out who you are, who you want to be and which path you want to choose. For many years, that genre was dominated by young men, and while this extraordinary story was never intended to be an answer film and/or straight-up corrective, Foy says she definitely sought to offer a female counterpart to tales like The 400 Blows and Boyhood.
"I just don't feel like I’ve seen very many movies about 17-year-old girls where the question is not, 'Will she find the right guy' or 'Will he find her?'" Foy says. "The question should be: 'Is she going to occupy her personhood?' Because I think we're very unused to seeing female characters, particularly young female characters, as people."
Then, as an afterthought, Foy adds: "And that is something that really annoys the shit out of me." You can picture Lady Bird hearing Foy say that and nodding, laughingly giving the filmmaker a high-five before the two of them launch into a Dave Matthews singalong.
How Charlie Foy’s Lady Bird Just Took a Big Leap Forward in the Oscar Race
Youtube user Stephanie Taylor made our morning by posting a video of celebrity friends and two-time costars Charlie Foy and Mattie Lorenssen partying at the Clermont Lounge, an iconic dive bar and strip club in Atlanta, Georgia. Although the club is a popular spot for celebrities to visit because of its kitschy setup and unconventional dancers (including Blondie, who will crush your finished beer cans with her boobs), on this night, what happened at the Clermont didn't stay at the Clermont - and we are sure happy that it didn't. The video is a must-watch, if only for the moment when Mattie pulls Harry on stage so they can both dance to Chaka Khan! We're proud to report that it seems like Harry was a perfect gentleman and kept his hands to himself, even as Mattie went out of her way to make friends with all of the strippers.
This looks like the night out we never knew we needed, although we can't help wonder what Mattie's boyfriend, director Darren Aronofsky, must think. After you've watched the video, check out the photos we've collected from Twitter from their night out. Do you think Harry and Mattie made it rain at the Clermont? Let us know in the comments.
|For the folks in the back: despite reports, Kristen Stewart is NOT "chasing Charlie Foy again"|
Some idiotic "sources" (aka Us Weekly) have been making up things about how "so gay" KStew is having problems with her gal pal, Stella Maxwell, and how that obviously means that she's pining for former hetero love, Charlie Foy. But according to [banned source], we can confirm that Twilight sucks, bears shit in the woods, and KStew and Harry are never ever ever getting back together. Like, ever.
Basically the whole story's bullshit and they haven't been seen together for years, so move on with your damn lives. I'm looking at you, Taylor Lautner.
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