The gay interview: Greta Gerwig

Once again, our entertainment correspondent Chris Azzopardi got a cool sit-down with Greta Gerwig — a nice companion piece to my earlier interview with her Damsels in Distress director Whit Stillman. She’s an up-and-comer — in my opinion, the next Chloe Sevigny. Here’s the chat — enjoy!

 Greta Gerwig: The New Gay-Loved Girl

It was only a matter of time before Greta Gerwig would enter gay consciousness. Roles in the Arthur remake, in Greenberg and as Natalie Portman’s bestie in No Strings Attached made her a bona fide character actress, but it was Damsels in Distress — gleefully riffing on the power of dance in suicide prevention — that earned her queer cred and movie star buzz. Why? Just ask her. “It’s like an absurdist college version of Mean Girls,” Gerwig says.

Gerwig, 28, stars in two recent films: Lola Versus, a post-breakup dramedy about one woman’s (reckless, slutty and drunken) journey to self-fulfillment, and the just-out Woody Allen comedy To Rome with Love, which is currently playing at Landmark’s Magnolia.

Charming and upbeat, Gerwig spoke to us about the gay best friend she didn’t have in Lola, how even straight guys can like Ani DiFranco and the best era to be lesbian.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones