Our new imaginary BFFs are the low-key girl gang of Hollywood writers behind your favorite movies
Are you ever so proud of your best friends that you just can’t stop gushing about their own accomplishments? We’ve all got a friend (or many, many friends) like that, and there’s nothing more heartwarming and amazing than friends who support one another — especially when it’s a bunch of rad ladies talking about other rad ladies.
In case you didn’t know – and write this down, because it’s important — the brand new Tomb Raider was written by a *woman.* It’s not every day that a lady is handed the reigns to a million-dollar franchise, but that’s what happened to Geneva Robertson-Dworet, who penned the story and the screenplay for the latest Lara Croft outing.
HelloGiggles jumped on the phone with GRD to talk through raiding tombs, and over the course of the conversation one thing became clear: GRD absolutely loves her girlfriends, and with good reason. She’s found a hella supportive and collaborate environment of women helping out other women, and couldn’t help but talk them up.
“I’ve certainly met some really cool younger writers who I was introduced to by other people, to mentor them and give them advice, and more often than not, I would meet younger female writers and just be like, ‘Well, you’re doing fantastic. You don’t need me. You could be my mentor,’” GRD explains. “There’s just a lot of awesome female voices coming up now…and when I’m not available for a job, I will recommend, as quickly as I can, the awesome, kick ass female writers that I know, like Lindsey Beer, Nicole Perlman, Lisa Joy…a whole handful of us.”
And just FYI: Lindsey Beer is the lady behind Chaos Walking and Barbie; Nicole Perlman co-wrote the first Guardians, did a first draft of Captain Marvel (which GRD is now writing), along with the upcoming Black Widow movie; and Lisa Joy is in charge of a little TV show called Westworld.
“We all know each other and I have gotten jobs from other female writers recommending me, and where I can I try to make sure that the executives and studios, especially if it’s a female led project, but really just any project, [are] thinking of female voices.”
GRD also understands the importance of having women behind-the-scenes, and how it’s becoming more and more vital. She knows she wouldn’t be where she is today if it weren’t for other women willing to give her a chance.
“I think the amazing thing is how much other women…help each other,” she continued. “Whatever extent I’ve been able to help through any glass ceiling has been because of other women. For example, almost always, it was female executives who gave me my first job. And those are the riskiest jobs to give writers, because you can’t point to, ‘Oh yeah, look at all their hits.’ I didn’t have any produced credits, obviously as any starting writer does not, but just female executives were always the ones to hire me. That’s not to say men would never hire a woman. Of course that’s not true. Lots of men hire women. But I do think that women are often willing to take the ‘chance’ on other women.”
GRD also explains that these ladies talk a lot, mentioning that a topic is always, “What do we want to see more of with female parts? What are our pet peeves about these dumb things women are always shown doing in movies?”
But now the big question: When is she going to be able to work with her best girlfriends??
“Well, Nicole is becoming a director now so I hope that we all can just write for her,” GRD laughs. Yes, please. Just take our money, because we want to see everything these ladies churn out.