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Born: 1978-06-14
Profession: Writer
Nation: American
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I write small and weird. Romcoms are not in my skill set.

Tags: Small, Weird, Write

I'm not an especially highbrow person, but I have always loved small, quirky, edgy movies.

Tags: Loved, Movies, Small

I've always been a writer, I've always been a storyteller, but I never thought about screenwriting.

Tags: Thought, Writer

I've been meaning to write about the Rolling Stones, but I am the furthest thing from a hipster rock journalist.

Tags: Meaning, Rock, Write

I've come to find more satisfaction and enjoyment in writing screenplays over the years because that's what I do primarily now.

Tags: Enjoyment, Primarily, Writing

If I want to get a taste of beach culture, I'll fire up my season 2 DVD of 'Beverly Hills, 90210.'

Tags: Culture, Fire, Season

In the past, I'll admit, I've enjoyed being compared to the protagonists in my screenplays.

Tags: Admit, Enjoyed, Past

It's actually much harder to develop a TV show than I had anticipated.

Tags: Actually, Show, Tv

It's possible that I've matured as a writer, and I hope I've matured emotionally, but I always find myself revisiting these adolescent scenes.

Tags: Hope, Possible, Writer

Judy Blume excels at describing how it feels to be invisible. So how poetic is it that Blume herself is suddenly everywhere?

Tags: Feels, Invisible, Suddenly

Let it be said that the makeup artist at '90210' made me look better for the fake red carpet than I've ever looked on an actual red carpet.

Tags: Artist, Fake, Said

Los Angeles is often described as the nadir of vapidity, a smog-choked space cradle.

Tags: Angeles, Often, Space

My boyfriend is Italian and from New Jersey, so naturally he was thrilled to meet Joe Pesci.

Tags: Boyfriend, Italian, Meet

People are more interested in being visible than they are in loving other people.

Tags: Interested, Loving, Visible

People don't have these tidy little redemption arcs in reality the way they do in movies.

Tags: Movies, Reality, Redemption

Put your blog out into the world and hope that your talent will speak for itself.

Tags: Hope, Put, Speak

'Sweet Valley High' is fantastic, fabulous, a little bit campy, and - dare I say it - cinematic.

Tags: Fabulous, High, Sweet

Tabloid photos capture people at their most self-conscious and disoriented; in real life, Paris Hilton is like an elegant paper crane.

Tags: Life, Paper, Real

The best thing you can do is find a person who loves you for exactly what you are.

Tags: Best, Exactly, Loves

The primary job for women in Hollywood is still super-attractive actress. That is the most high-profile women's job in Hollywood.

Tags: Hollywood, Job, Women
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The public's appetite for frothy, flippant blondes has waned, but Paris Hilton still fascinates me.

Tags: Blondes, Paris, Public

The Rolling Stones are so versatile, they're like the band version of that Infinite Dress they sell on QVC.

Tags: Band, Dress, Sell

These days, the Rolling Stones still have an edge, but that fangs-out ferocity has mellowed considerably.

Tags: Days, Edge, Stones

Well, to aspiring writers, I would tell them that we live in a wonderful time where you're able to make your work visible, easily.

Tags: Time, Wonderful, Work

When I was a kid, I attended a small Catholic school in a south suburb of Chicago.

Tags: Kid, School, Small

Whether it's a blatant homage or unconscious mimicry, the Rolling Stones have permanently, indelibly influenced how rock stars look and behave.

Tags: Rock, Stars, Whether

You know, I did not like being famous. It was a stressful and ugly time, and I'm glad it's over.

Tags: Famous, Time, Ugly

I absolutely relate to being alone in squalor, trying to come up with something adequate. I relate to that, and I've been known to crawl out of bed and drink out of a 2-liter bottle of Diet Coke.

Tags: Alone, Diet, Trying

I wrote a screenplay for a 'Sweet Valley High' adaptation, and it's really amazing to me how many women who are my age have responded to the idea and are excited about the movie.

Tags: Age, Amazing, Women

I'm glad that as a 33-year-old working mother, I can still choose to wear a Hello Kitty T-shirt or stay up late scrolling through the Twitter feed of my junior-high crush.

Tags: Late, Mother, Working

There's something magical about spending a Sunday night watching real people at a deli, then watching fake people pretending to be real on TV, then engaging in (arguably) false interaction with (arguably) real people on the Internet. Never at any prior point in time has this been possible.

Tags: Fake, Sunday, Time

A few months ago, I had the pleasure of actually visiting the Playboy Mansion. I saw the peacocks, fed grapes to the monkeys, and even braved the fabled Grotto. After seeing the estate, I understood why anyone would be reluctant to leave.

Tags: After, Few, Why

And I think I'm an adrenaline junkie, and there's nothing that will spike your adrenaline more than sitting in a theater and listen to an audience react to something you've written.

Tags: Audience, Listen, Written

But here is the single greatest thing about the 'Vanity Fair' party: There are uniformed In-N-Out Burger employees circulating the room with trays of cheeseburgers all night long.

Tags: Greatest, Night, Single

Even though I am in this weird position of being a semi-recognizable screenwriter, which isn't that common, at the same time, I'm not an actress. I'm pretty isolated.

Tags: Pretty, Time, Weird

Fact: The new '90210' is cooler than the old '90210.' It's the lithe, streamlined Skipper to the elder series' venerable Barbie. Gone are the traditional parents - they've been replaced by a hipster mom n' pop who get busted necking in the car.

Tags: Car, Mom, Parents

Hollywood is a perpetual summerland, a temperate, godless yaw where the very word 'season' has been co-opted by television executives. There are few harbingers of winter here.

Tags: Few, Here, Word

I actually have two children now, and sometimes I wonder if that's it. Because they do make writing and directing more complicated and more difficult, especially now that they're very young.

Tags: Children, Writing, Young

I appreciate the positivity of those 'year of the woman' articles - it's good to get that energy out there - but at the same time, in Hollywood it's not happening yet.

Tags: Good, Time, Woman

I don't think I ever got the hang of the writers' room. I love collaborating with people, but I really do my best work alone, and I think I would want to - if I did something again, I think I'd want to take total ownership the way Aaron Sorkin or David Kelley does.

Tags: Best, Love, Work

I had gone to the bookstore, and while I hadn't bought any books on how to write a screenplay, I'd bought a couple of scripts so I could see how the formatting works. I just needed to know how a Hollywood screenplay looked on the page, which was something I was totally unfamiliar with.

Tags: Books, While, Write

I had the experience last year of directing my first feature while I had a 1-year-old son and while I was also pregnant, so I am now well aware of the difficulties women who are rearing children face when they're also trying to make headway in mainstream of film.

Tags: Children, Experience, Women

I had written the script for Juno and apparently Steven Spielberg had read it. I can't just call him Steven, that's weird... Mr. Spielberg had read it and he liked it. He asked me if I would write this television show for him and I said, 'Yeah!'

Tags: Him, Said, Write

I have never been an ambitious person, and my participation in this industry is a fluke, but only male writers can afford to be coy and self-deprecating.

Tags: Ambitious, Industry, Writers

I hear that 5 o'clock whistle in my mind like Fred Flintstone and I have to stop. I'm also not much of a morning writer. I have a sweet spot from about 11am to 4pm. But I really work during that time.

Tags: Morning, Time, Work

I just go about my life. I'm a mom, I drive an SUV, I go to the grocery store every day. I'm definitely not a celebrity. I always say that I'm a celebrity-adjacent.

Tags: Drive, Life, Mom

I myself identify as a recovering Blockhead. You'd be surprised how many twenty- and thirty-something hipster chicks have the NKOTB skeleton in their closet, albeit artfully concealed by stacks of Ksubi skinny jeans and ironic Judas Priest T-shirts.

Tags: Ironic, Skinny, Surprised

I think I might be one of the only people in America, or at least the only person I know, who saw both 'The Dark Knight' and 'Mamma Mia!' on their shared opening weekend.

Tags: America, Both, Dark

I think it's great when writers get recognition; it doesn't happen very often. I just don't want that writer to be me. Let it be Aaron Sorkin or, you know, somebody good.

Tags: Good, Great, Happen

I want Maggie Gyllenhaal. I don't know why. I don't think she necessarily looks like me or acts like me, I just think she's a cool actress and she could play me, so there you go.

Tags: Cool, She, Why

I'm one of the people that were divorced by 30, which is apparently a growing group... Obviously it's something that affects you forever. It's going to be interesting to see in ten, twenty years what kind of lasting effect young divorce has on the people that are doing it because it's becoming more and more common.

Tags: Divorce, Group, Young

I've been so lucky - I worked with Jason Reitman twice, who has always been a really strong advocate for my voice, and has always really respected the scripts that I've brought him and is just the coolest.

Tags: Him, Lucky, Strong

I've been told that I'm incompetent, socially retarded, maladjusted. I still know that I couldn't function in reality. Los Angeles is a good place for me.

Tags: Good, Place, Reality

I've been watching 'American Idol' since its debut season in 2002. Back then, America hadn't yet evolved into a gladiatorial cybernation of bloggers, tweeters, and self-ordained voice coaches.

Tags: America, American, Since

If being an attractive woman got you attention for directing, then the entire 'best director' category would be comprised of models. To me, that is just the most ludicrous connection that you could make.

Tags: Attention, Best, Woman

It doesn't matter if they're in front of the camera or behind the camera. I know women who are producers who are surviving on nothing but juice and almonds.

Tags: Behind, Matter, Women

Now '90210' is returning with an all-new cast of slightly more plausible teens. I'll be honest: I wish the old cast was back. Ideally, this spin-off would be an Ice Storm-esque exploration of the West Beverly gang's bleak adult lives.

Tags: Honest, Old, Wish

One nice thing about being a woman in Hollywood is that the women tend to be very close-knit. All of us writers and directors know each other and cling to each other for safety and support, and it's really a completely different vibe than the men experience out here, where they're all trying to murder each other.

Tags: Experience, Men, Women

People have always wanted to be recognized, and that's human nature. But people used to want to be recognized for their accomplishments, and now they simply want to be visible.

Tags: Human, Nature, Wanted

Personally, I consider 'Titanic' the most brilliant example of successful counterprogramming; the film actually countered itself by embedding an epic chick flick within a classic disaster movie.

Tags: Actually, Film, Successful

Somebody asked me earlier if I thought it was really important to tell stories about women's struggles. And I said yes, but at the same time, it's also important to tell stories about women's triumphs, women being slackers, women being criminals, women being heroes.

Tags: Thought, Time, Women

Speaking of Twitter, I don't even know if I composed a blog entry in 2009, as I was too busy parceling my every thought into cute 140-character sound bites. I used to only worry about being pithy for a living; now some of my best lines are wasted on a free app!

Tags: Best, Busy, Thought

That's also why comedy and horror are my two favorite genres of film to write, because you get these outbursts of emotion from people, laughter and shock, and it's really thrilling, and I like to be thrilled.

Tags: Laughter, Why, Write

The fact is, when I wrote 'Juno' - and I think this is part of its charm and appeal - I didn't know how to write a movie. And I also had no idea it was going to get made!

Tags: Fact, Idea, Write

The fashion industry isn't merely content to encase my meaty flanks in skintight denim. Oh, no! That denim also has to be white, a color that attracts ketchup, wine, garlic aioli, and any other foodstuffs I might otherwise be able to enjoy if I wasn't wearing ridiculously tight pants.

Tags: Enjoy, Fashion, Wine

There's a weird cloud around you when you're recognizable. It was a brief window for me. I think you have to have a pathological need for attention of any type, negative or positive, to thrive in that kind of situation. And I only want compliments.

Tags: Attention, Negative, Positive

There's probably no experience more alienating than fame, other than a terminal illness, where you actually find yourself in a situation that nobody around you can relate to.

Tags: Experience, Situation, Yourself

Unfortunately I don't live by a Target now, so I just go to a regular Starbucks as opposed to a Starbucks nested inside a Target, which is my ideal situation. That works out for me. I like that white noise, those interruptions, and the people around me.

Tags: Inside, Situation, Works

You know, it shouldn't just be about women as heroic figures overcoming things, it just needs to be about women in general getting the opportunity to play a multitude of roles, telling a multitude of stories - just to express human experience from a woman's perspective. I hope, someday, we can get to that point. I'm all about representation.

Tags: Experience, Hope, Women

You make a first impression and people never forget it. If people want to think of me as the wacky 'Juno' lady forever, I could think of worse ways to be labeled.

Tags: Forever, Forget, Ways

I know white clothing is supposed to enhance that summer glow, but writers don't tan.

Tags: Summer, White, Writers

I feel like I'm part of a generation of people who are stuck in the past and are really self-absorbed. I mean, we're actually taking pictures of ourselves and posting them on Facebook, and keeping in touch with people that should have been out of our lives 15 years ago.

Tags: Lives, Mean, Past

As a kid, I spent every summer bent over a stack of books, obsessively writing detailed reports on each one.

Tags: Books, Summer, Writing

I don't have a terrible singing voice, but I also wouldn't call it 'good.' I can carry a tune.

Tags: Call, Good, Voice

I just want to be able to keep my house and pay for my son's school tuition in Los Angeles.

Tags: Keep, School, Son

I think sometimes people really require the satisfaction of closure.

Tags: Closure, Require, Sometimes

To enjoy being famous, you need to have a screw loose.

Tags: Enjoy, Famous, Screw

There's something about a roller coaster that triggers strong feelings, maybe because most of us associate them with childhood. They're inherently cinematic; the very shape of a coaster, all hills and valleys and sickening helices, evokes a human emotional response.

Tags: Emotional, Human, Strong

Ah, reality TV: where opportunists delight in exposing opportunism! It's kind of like the indie music scene.

Tags: Music, Reality, Tv

Couture gowns are like gremlins; you can't expose them to bright light or get them wet.

Tags: Bright, Light, Wet

Everybody knows that I'm not a snob when it comes to pop culture, obviously. I love reality shows.

Tags: Everybody, Love, Reality

For me, I am a huge fan of Sofia Coppola and Lynn Shelton. I love Lena Dunham, like everybody else. I love Kathryn Bigelow.

Tags: Else, Everybody, Love

For me, writing essays, prose and fiction is a great way to be self-indulgent.

Tags: Fiction, Great, Writing

Honestly, this will never happen because she's so much classier than me, but I would love to work with Sofia Coppola.

Tags: Happen, Love, Work

I always say when you write a book, you're a 'one-man band.' Whereas, when you finish a screenplay, it's just a sketch.

Tags: Band, Book, Write

I am actually able to do other things. I'm not just this writer.

Tags: Able, Actually, Writer

I can't write at night. For me, I'm programmed to believe that nighttime is for relaxation.

Tags: Night, Relaxation, Write

I do not quote my own movies. I think I would be pretty insufferable if I did.

Tags: Movies, Pretty, Quote

I don't know why, but I've always been a sucker for roller coasters in movies.

Tags: Movies, Sucker, Why

I don't think coolness used to be such a commodity among adults. And now it is.

Tags: Among, Coolness, Used

I grew up in the Midwest; you don't know any screenwriters. It didn't seem like a realistic career possibility.

Tags: Career, Realistic, Seem

I normally ignore the History Channel.

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I really just love to open a blank document and spew, whereas with a screenplay I have to be more judicious.

Tags: Blank, Love, Open

I spent a lot of time staring at the clock in school, so I have that kind of personality.

Tags: Clock, School, Time

I would never consent to a lame publicity stunt at a time when I already want to hide.

Tags: Hide, Stunt, Time
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