Diablo Cody would never have made the film “Juno” today.
“I don’t even know if I would’ve written a movie like ‘Juno’ if I had known that the world was going to spiral into this hellish alternate reality that we now seem to be stuck in,” she told the “Keep It” podcast.
Cody told hosts Ira Madison, Louis Virtel, and Kara Brown she could not keep the “horrifying” anti-abortion laws out of her mind. “It’s something that I’ve been thinking about continuously.”
“It just, it sucks so f**king bad,” she exclaimed. “And I’m pleased – it’s so weird, you know, I’m not on Twitter, I quit a couple of years ago… but it’s been heartening to at least, to observe that people are fired up about it. I wish more guys were.”
The writer’s 2007 film “Juno” was inspired by many of her own high school experiences. It earned her the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay – plus Best Picture, Best Director (Jason Reitman) and Best Actress (Ellen Page).
“I have to admit, like, when I wrote it, I wasn’t, first of all, I didn’t think that it would ever be a film, I didn’t think it would ever get made,” she shared. “Secondly, I wasn’t thinking as an activist, I wasn’t thinking politically at all.
“The most horrifying thing that came out of [writing ‘Juno’] was me getting a letter from my Catholic High School thanking me for writing a pro-life movie,” Cody revealed. “And I was like, I f**king hate all of you and I’m as pro-choice as a person could possibly be.”
Cody is currently working on a number of projects. Her movie “Time and a Half” will star Julianne Hough, while the pilots for “Alex + Amy” and “Prodigy” have been picked up by ABC and Fox respectively.