Nicole Holofcener

“I really felt myself in Catherine Keener and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. I was watching myself, in a way. We just got each other, there was a sisterhood there. I found my person, and it makes making movies so much more emotional, personal, and valuable.

-Nicole Holofcener, episode 331 of Talk Easy with Sam Fragoso

Today, we sit with filmmaker Nicole Holofcener! We discuss the making of her new A24 film You Hurt My Feelings (5:44), her creative upbringing in the ‘70s (15:00), and the Jim Jarmusch film that made her want to become a director (17:25).

On the back-half, Holofcener reflects on her early apprenticeship on Hannah and Her Sisters (23:54), her intensely personal collaborations with actors Catherine Keener and Julia Louis-Dreyfus (26:20), and a defining scene from her latest film (32:05). To close, she talks about the importance of supporting writers (36:57), her first day on the set of Walking and Talking (37:33), and why, after three decades, she continues to stay on the “seesaw of art and life” (40:02).


Illustrations by: Krishna Shenoi.

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