Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach discuss their personal and professional relationship in a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
The directors have been together for eight years and share a nine-month-old baby, Harold.
Baumbach says of dating another filmmaker, “You come home at 3 in the morning and you climb into bed and the other person’s half asleep — you feel…” as Gerwig admits: “Lonely.”
Baumbach, whose latest movie “Marriage Story” nabbed a whopping six Golden Globe nominations, adds, “Wrecked and lonely and you don’t even know if you got [the best footage]… The thing you want more than anything is for someone to just take care of you because shooting a movie is so much.”
Gerwig, who directed the critically acclaimed “Little Women”, continues, “But because we’re both doing it, we haven’t necessarily always been able to be the person who was there. Sometimes it’s not completely possible.”
Gerwig says of their professional rivalries, “It’s exciting to have mutual acknowledgment of the work that he and I have both put into [our movies]. There is a sense of wanting to show off for each other. At least on my part. I remember when I showed Noah cuts or drafts of ‘Little Women’. He’s my favourite filmmaker and my favourite writer. It means everything to me that he thinks it’s good.”
Baumbach says, “When we’re working on our own projects, we’re always talking about them and showing each other things. I always feel very much a part of what she’s done. [‘Little Women’] is absolutely hers, but it’s not like I woke up one day and this movie’s in theatres. She’s been talking about it for a few years. It feels like, ‘How great that this is being recognized in the way that you hoped it would.’”