“Fleabag” triple threat Phoebe Waller-Bridge is only the second woman to get a screenwriting credit on a James Bond film, but the writer says she wasn’t hired to punch up the script because of her gender or to help shape the film’s female characters.
“It was a really mad job to get,” Waller-Bridge told an audience at an in-conversation event with “The Guilty Feminist” podcast host Deborah Frances-Wright in London. “I actually said to my producer once while we were making ‘Fleabag’ that would be a cool thing to do one day… and then it was only a month later.”
Despite walking a trail few women have travelled before, the Emmy-winning Waller-Bridge, 34, says it “didn’t really come into the conversation” with producers but it has in the media’s reporting on her gig.
“That’s only really the press that have made that thing, in terms of me being a woman, you can see it is a button-pressing thing,” she explains, according to the Guardian. “The reality was, I got a call from [producer] Barbara [Broccoli] and Daniel saying, ‘We like your work, can you come in and help us?’ There wasn’t ever really a conversation about can you come in and help us with ‘the ladies’.
“They said, ‘It will be your take, can you come aboard and help us polish the script?’ The characters were there, the story was there, it was just really exciting to be a part of it. There was a bunch of writers, I was a small contribution to this thing.”
When asked if audiences will be able to spot the “Fleabag” star’s lines in the script, Waller-Bridge hopes fans will.
“I have no idea. I left long before it had finished filming and they are rewriting all the time, so… I hope so.”