OnlyOnAOL: Let's talk about sex with Julie Delpy
BY DONNA FREYDKIN
We love Julie Delpy. Let us count the ways.
The French actress, musician, and filmmaker is one of the most candid, unapologetic and dryly funny humans you could hope to meet. And her movies aren't afraid to dig into topics we rarely see on film: in her comedy "Lolo," she's the single mother of a very possessive, very spoiled, very immature son, who doesn't take kindly to maman's new romance with a tech designer and tries to sabotage it.
Delpy directed the film, co-wrote it, and stars in it. But it's just as amusing for both genders. "I think it's pretty funny. Men enjoy the film. It's not a feminist movie. It's a comedy. There's women talking about sex in a very silly way," she says.
Creating a film from start to finish is a long and often tortured process, made doubly hard because Delpy too is a single parent; she splits custody with her son's father. And then, there's the funding issue. "It's been a struggle, every film. The period of shooting I'll be away for two months and I'll miss (my son) horribly. I even try not to Skype too much because it's too painful for him and me. I try to edit in my backhouse by myself, so I'm in LA. That's the easy part," she says.
But Delpy doesn't whine. In fact, she's all about focusing on the good, especially when it comes to opportunities for women filmmakers in Hollywood -- a very hot topic at the moment. After all, not a single woman was nominated for an Oscar in the directing category, and two were up for best adapted screenplay, with the win going to Adam McKay for "The Big Short."
"Things are moving right now. We should be looking towards the positive. Sometimes I complain but I want to stop doing that and focus on the positive. I want more women to have their voices heard," she says.
And no, it's not about the salary gap, which was very eloquently written about by Jennifer Lawrence in the Lenny newsletter.
"My issue is bigger than that. It's for me to be able to make my films and to have other women to be able to make their films, and make films that are not necessarily about women. I just want to have their voices heard. It will be a new point of view," she says.
And before we let Delpy get on with her day, we have to ask about the "Sunrise" trilogy she shot with Ethan Hawke and Richard Linklater. Could there possibly be a fourth one?
"I think that was the last one. I really think so," she says.