Writer-director Greta Gerwig talks growing up in Sacramento, Saoirse Ronan, and the making of Lady Bird


If your reaction to watching Lady Bird was how did she know?you’re not alone. The critically-acclaimed hit, written and directed by Sacramento-native Greta Gerwig, has already received countless nominations this awards season, including Critics Choice Movie Award for Best Comedy and SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast, already taking home the Golden Globe for Best Comedy. The film, shot largely in Sacramento, chronicles the deeply independent and strong-willed Christine (who dubs herself “Lady Bird”) as she graduates high school in hopes of finding something more outside the confines of what she calls “the midwest of California,” all while juggling personal firsts, family turbulence, and finding her stake to claim.

Dayna talked with Greta Gerwig about casting the incredibly nuanced Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf, why she loves movies (and making them), and scoring the touchingly hilarious Lady Bird, in theaters now.

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