Like All of Us, Greta Gerwig Also Cried During "Moonlight"

Greta Gerwig takes us through a series of intimate moments, from her first kiss (in a hot tub) to her on-screen crush (Melanie Griffith in "Working Girl") to the moment in "Moonlight" that always makes her cry (even when she's just talking about it) in this candid, wide-ranging interview with W's editor-at-large Lynn Hirschberg.

Released on 3/21/2017

Transcript

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It's only the nerdiest one that you could ever do.
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It's We Didn't Start the Fire by Billy Joel.
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It's one of those songs that if you're a certain
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kind of teenage girl, you think you know
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what would really help me get a boyfriend,
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is knowing all the words to this song
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and then you realize, about 30 seconds too late,
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that it won't, and it's not, but those, yeah,
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it was, that's my song.
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I don't know that I could do it now
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but I used to know Modern Major General,
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I think Gilbert and Sullivan.
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I am the very model of a modern major general.
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But they don't, they don't care about that.
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The just care, are you cool, and do you,
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will you give them... a hand job.
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Or something, I don't know, I don't know
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what boys are interested in at that age
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but it was not what I was selling.
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It was a great first kiss, it was very romantic.
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It was in a hot tub.
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And then we rode our bikes home.
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We'd been building to it for a solid six months.
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I was so, I was just so in love with him.
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I think we were quoting The Little Prince to each other.
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Then we started making out, he, it turned out,
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did not, was not, he doesn't like girls, but.
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He liked me, but not, not ultimately, as a partner.
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Okay, my cinematic crush at the moment,
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the last time I felt deeply attracted to someone,
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I have to say Melanie Griffith in Working Girl.
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I mean the first time she meets Harrison Ford at the bar
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when she's all done up and, got a head for business
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and a bod for sin.
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But there's a moment with, in the, in her,
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when she cuts her hair off, and she says,
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I wanna be a serious businesswoman,
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you need to have serious hair.
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She's so great and she's so sexy, without being plastic
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which I think a lot of people...
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Miss now, she seems like a real sexy person.
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Oh my god, I know and young Harrison Ford, what a dreamboat,
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but it's her, she's, she's so compelling in it.
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[Interviewer] Yeah.
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And funny.
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Moonlight.
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Moonlight made me cry.
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I mean there were a few moments when I cried but,
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I'm gonna start crying when I talk about it.
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It's in the middle section when he, he has to,
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he comes over to Janelle Monae's house
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and he tries to make the bed and she's like,
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you're terrible at making the bed, she's like,
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I know what you're doing, you just make it badly
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so I'll come in and do it.
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She's like, you and Juan are the same
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and you know he's gone and it's just like this
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moment of like, it's so human and so delicate and
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I really, every time I think about it
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I start, it makes me cry.
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It's a beautiful film.
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I sound like an old man when I talk about the internet
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but I am actually worried about what it's doing
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to our brains and our sense of connection.
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I just worry that it's actually making people
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more lonely than it is bringing them joy.