Dianna Agron for Marie Claire Italia about becoming a director
Marie Claire Italia interviewed Dianna about her job as a director of L’Américaine, so check below what she’s said!
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It’s been a couple of years since the ending of Glee, the musical tv-show that made her famous throughout the world, but Dianna Agron seems not to think about it anymore. Except when she gets recognized and hugged by all the loyal fans that follow her since Glee-time, just like it’s happened in Paris, on the set of L’Américaine, the short movie she’s written and directed for the american designer Tory Burch, whose main character is played by the beautiful Margaret Qualley. Between her directing projects, theatre (she played a character in the London stage McQueen, The Play), new movies and a web magazine directed by herself, she seems to be always full of life.
You started dedicating to many activities other than acting, are you now focusing on directing?
About directing I like the idea of putting things together, it just seemed a normal progression of what I’ve learned in the past years spent acting. As an actress, sometimes I found it very frustrating not to have the full view of the movie and I found out that I like having control behind the camera, search for the right framing, work on the characters with the actors. I hope to act in things more selected and to have more time for directing.
Do you like power?
Not in the way of having unconditional power or despotism, more like leading the ship to a complete creative vision.
Committing to so many things at the same time is good or are you risking not to be taken seriously at all?
You risk that when you’re not looking for excellence. Directing is not a quirk or an activity that I simply want to add to my resume. And I think that when you’re seriously committing, people understand that. Sometimes I think of people like James Franco or Shia LeBeouf have a better life when it comes to this, while when a women tries to get in a position of authority and influence, then you have more doubts.
Have your received any instruction or wish by Tory Burch for the short movie L’Américaine?
Actually, everything was put in my hands and because of this I felt a big responsibility. I’ve written four screenplays but the last one was my favorite: two guys talking about the girl is a homage to one of my favorite movies, An American In Paris. My main concern was that short movies about fashion or history is so complicated that clothes can be barely seen or, on the contrary, you slip to the advertisement losing the magic of the plot.
So you love classic movies?
When I was little I used to watch many movies with my mom, who loved the charme and the innocence of the characters, so obviously Audrey Hepburn, Sophia Loren, Cary Grand and others were my heroes on the screen. Many actors from my generation don’t know much about “d’antan” cinema, but they don’t understand how important it is, especially because many directors refer to these movies nowadays.
Do you remember a movie or a scene in particularly?
When it comes to movies, I’d say An American In Paris, A Woman Is A Woman and Breathless by Jean-Luc Godard, and Funny Face with Audrey Hepburn. But I still remember clearly what I’ve thought when I was a kid, when in Sabrina, Audrey arrived to the party with her wonderful black and white dress of Givenchy: I hoped that one day I would’ve felt elegant and feminine just like her.
You decided to talk about a fling in the short movie, is Paris still the city of love?
Any city is, as long as you find love. Actually, I’m attracted to the dynamics of the first dates, not only love ones, and I wanted to try to talk about one.
Do you believe in the “coup de foudre”?
I believe in crush at first sight and love after a few days.
Are there any causes you support?
I try to work on events of associations that support schooling and after school activities for everybody. I think that the right incentive allow children to find and strengthen their own capacities of any kind. I’ve been lucky and I attended a wonderful public school in San Francisco, which is a culturally up-to-date city, but this doesn’t always happen and school can really make a difference in somebody’s life.
While you were shooting your short movie in Paris, you’ve been recognized and suddenly surrounded by your fans that have been following you since Glee, after so many years.
It’s true, it’s incredibly how they’ve been so loyal to me and it’s beautiful that they still support me in everything I do. You can obviously never get tired of people who tell you how much they appreciate you.