With ‘She Said’, Zoe Kazan is comfortable being nosy

Zoe Kazan was at a particularly busy time in her life when we started chatting with Golden boy in mid-November her latest movie, She speaks, in which she plays New York Times Reporter helped break Harvey Weinstein story, coming to theaters soon. She’s spent the past few years adapting east of Eden into a new set of limits. Her longtime partner, Paul Dano, also on the way to an award campaign for his support in The Fabelmans. And let’s not forget the most important news: Along with raising her four-year-old daughter, Kazan also gave birth to a son four weeks ago. “That’s a lot at once,” she said Little Golden People. “We don’t plan this moment, but sometimes things just happen.”

In She speaks, Kazan play Jodi Kantor, Reporter has collaborated with Megan Twohey (played by Kazan’s longtime friend Carey Mulligan) to publish sexual assault allegations against Weinstein that led to his downfall. “Even though I have journalist friends, I still have the naive thought that as soon as an investigative journalist gets the truth, they can publish it,” said Kazan, who met Kantor for research. research on her manners and reporting style, said. “And the amount of verification and proof they need to be able to publish this on time– meets the journalistic standards of time-It blew my mind.”

The film also adds another level of storytelling to Kantor and Twohey’s book by revealing the personal challenges each faces as working mothers. As she explains in this week’s episode of Golden boy (listen to the full episode below), Kazan couldn’t help but notice the parallels between Kantor’s life and her own, as she scrambled to look after her children while filming. She speaks and Dano were transferred to the other shore to film Steven Spielberg‘S Fabelman’s house.

Below, Kazan dives into how her parents helped her during that very busy time (and again now!), how to research Kantor for her role, and updates. keep us updated on her limited series adaptation east of Eden, which she said would be very different from the 1955 film directed by her grandfather Elia Kazan.


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Vanity Fair: As a screenwriter yourself, what do you think about She speakswhen you read it for the first time?

Zoe Kazan: Rebecca Lenkiewicz did an incredible job adapting their book. Jodi and Megan’s Book, She speaks, full of amazing detail about their report, but it’s not really about them. I don’t think they feel comfortable seeing themselves as the subject of a work. But Rebecca interviewed them and really revealed a lot about their personal lives, which is in the movie. It’s a full portrait of what it’s like to be a working mother and women in general.

What do you need from Jodi to describe her?

Jodi and Megan were incredibly generous with Carey and me, extending their lives and making them really vulnerable to us. I can’t imagine having someone play me – it feels so weird. Jodi and I met for dinner in Brooklyn and immediately I thought, Oh, this is someone I might know in my life. She seemed really familiar to me. We have a lot in common—our kids go to the same preschool. Carey and I decided very early on that we weren’t going to try to emulate these people, which would lose the integrity of the story. Watching Jodi listen was an important part of my preparation, helping me understand how she was across the table. And then I just asked her a bunch of nosy questions like what do you bring into the interview? Are you using a recording device? Are you using a notebook? Um, how do you prepare? What kind of water bottle do you bring to work? Where do you buy shoes? Who puts dinner on the table? How did that happen? Who helps you take care of your children?

As you mentioned, the addition of their personal lives — as a working mother and a journalist — was definitely part of the story that struck me. It is also something you tweeted about—find that balance as you shoot this movie—and I’m curious how that affects the performance of this role while you also have to find that balance at the same time?

I was brought in She speaks a few weeks after Paul was selected Fabelman family, and they shoot at the same time. He is shooting Fabelman’s house on the West Coast while I was filming in New York. I really don’t know how we’re going to do that. It seems like an impossible elevator. We have a great nanny, but she’s in graduate school and can’t be with my kids all the time. My parents were really supportive. They moved across the country. They moved in with us for months and made it possible. And there’s not a minute that I take that for granted, or any of the childcare we have. It’s not in the movie, but at the same time [Jodi] is breaking the story, Ron, her husband, is breaking a really important story and has to travel for that story too. And I was like, “how did you do that?” And she said, “my parents really got involved.” It makes me laugh because we’ve been through similar things. Carey and I watched it again All the President’s Men in preparation for this movie—and just for fun—and what you most need to see about their personal lives in there is like a cluttered bachelor apartment in the background. I feel like it’s a dark story – it’s like an untold part of all of our lives, especially since I think the lives of women in the middle of their lives are often not brought to the screen.


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