Talk Easy with Sam Fragoso

Laura Dern

From Wild at Heart to Marriage Story, legendary actress Laura Dern has impacted decades of storytelling with her work on screen. For the next hour, we discuss her early memories of Martin Scorsese, years of teenage activism, her quick pivot from college to Blue Velvet, and how Lucille Ball’s “female boss narrative” affected her as an artist and mother. And throughout our conversation, Laura reflects on experiences with beloved collaborators: David Lynch, Jonathan Demme, Robert Altman, Greta Gerwig, Noah Baumbach, and, of course, her parents, Diane Ladd and Bruce Dern.

  • Marriage Story is currently available to stream on Netflix. Here’s the trailer.
  • Also look out for Laura in Little Womenin theaters Christmas day.
  • Earlier this year, Laura appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair. Read the story here.

llustrations by Krishna Shenoi. Music by Dylan Peck and Jinsang.

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