Jordan Peele and Greta Gerwig Envision a Better Hollywood

The actors-turned-directors are encouraged by increasing opportunities for women and people of color behind the camera.

Jordan Peele
Director Jordan Peele accepts the audience award for "Get Out" at the 27th annual Independent Film Project's Gotham Awards at Cipriani Wall Street on Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in New York. (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Jordan Peele and Greta Gerwig injected some much needed optimist into the conversation about Hollywood’s direction in a joint interview with Vanity Fair. In an industry reeling from recent attention to its overwhelming whiteness and maleness, the success of Peele’s Get Out, a horror movie about a young black man and his girlfriend’s liberal and racist family, and Gerwig’s Lady Bird, about one year in the life of a teenage girl, have been of massive importance. “It seems like the world is getting sick of the last 10 years of film, and they want a new perspective,” Peele said. “It just feels like it could be the beginning of a special time in Hollywood.” Gerwig echoed Peele’s optimism about the new possibilities forged by their films, adding the she hopes to eventually start a production company focused on supporting young female filmmakers.


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