Sofia Coppola

The Bling Ring director describes her first film crush, the first movie she ever created (in seventh grade), and what she wore to her high school prom.

Released on 6/20/2013

Transcript

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I have a memory of seeing Grease
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at the movie theater with my dad,
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and I remember Bugsy Malone as a kid,
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and thinking Scott Baio was really dreamy.
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I guess I probably saw Apocalypse Now
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when I was seven or something.
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It's all a blur.
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My sexual awakening in the films,
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it was seeing Prince in Purple Rain.
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When I was 12, and I think in the theater
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in the mall, I went back a few times.
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That would be my first real film crush.
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My dad made Super 8 movies, and we lived
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in San Francisco when I was little.
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We made Cinderella, when I was probably five
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or six, and I was Cinderella and my mother
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was the fairy godmother and she came out
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of the elevator in our big house in San Francisco.
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And one of my brothers was the prince
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and my other brother was the evil stepsister with
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a napkin tied on his head.
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Actually, my first movie might have been
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for history class in seventh grade, George Washington.
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Because I didn't want to write a report,
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so we made a Mr. Bill clay
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[Woman] Oh, really?!
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thing of George Washington.
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And he crossed to Delaware in my parent's bathtub.
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My first live-action film was Domain,
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where my friend's little sister,
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we tell her not to eat too much cookie dough,
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or you'll turn into a monster.
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And she does, and turns into a monster.
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We covered her in dough and she runs around.
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I felt we made a lot of horror films.
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Which, people would not know that about me.
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I went to my junior prom and I remember I wore
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a black leather Chanel dress.
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Leather and lace.
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[Woman] (laughs)
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80s.
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(mumbles) a small town, high school,
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so I have nice memories.
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But mostly, I remember cutting class and driving around
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and listening to The Clash.
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You don't wanna be like your parents,
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you wanna be different.
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I knew I wanted to be an artist
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or do something creative, and that was important to me.
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But, I never thought I would go into film.
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I mean, I was just in my 20s and I
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was trying lots of different things.
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I was really frustrated that I couldn't focus
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on one thing and get really good at one thing.
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I (mumbles) the star based on some stuff
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that happened in junior high.
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That was the first time I felt things clicked
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and it kind of came naturally, I knew how to do that.
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It was about, in my little junior high
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in seventh grade, one of the girls had
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a whole plan to poison the boys with rat poison
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and not kill them, but weaken them.
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I was interested in that whole, the dynamics between girls
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at that age, that they're really
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the meanest creatures in the world in seventh grade.
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And it incorporated all the things I liked.
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I liked clothes and music and photography.
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I feel like my dad really beat it into us
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at a young age about having a strong work ethic.
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And I don't know how he did.
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I was thinking about that now having kids,
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like how he taught us that.
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He always had projects.
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But I like doing side projects when I'm not doing
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a movie just to do something creative.
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When I was writing Lost in Translation,
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I was also working on the Marie Antoinette script.
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I would go back and forth between them.
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Lost in Translation, it was probably my most personal
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movie and I was surprised that people related to it.
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It had to be Bill Murray.
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I wasn't gonna make the movie unless it was Bill Murray.
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And I spent a year trying to get Bill Murray to do it.
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I'd loved giving him a makeover
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and putting him in a Helmut Lang suit.
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And it just was my fantasy of what it would be like
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to hang out with Bill Murray in a bar in Tokyo.
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And everyone was so rooting for our movie
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that it was really fun and a big surprise.
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'Cause I really thought that I was making this little tiny,
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private small personal film.
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My dad always talked about personal filmmaking being
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the most important thing to do, and so I definitely
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got that from him.
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I try to stay in my own little bubble.
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I feel a little cut-off from the modern world, but.
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I don't wanna get too self-conscious.
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I think, how can you not be self-conscious
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if you're seeing and hearing things by yourself?
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And I don't think of myself as being a role model,
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but I guess I try to be for my daughters.