Director Greta Gerwig on 'Little Women' The brilliant Greta Gerwig joins us for the third time! We'll welcome back Greta to talk about her latest film. It's an adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's Little Women. It's up for six Academy Awards this year, including Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress and Best Adapted Screenplay. Greta talks about her casting choices in Little Women including her surprising choice of Bob Odenkrik as father March. Plus, what the book meant to her growing up, and why she's shocked that her version of the adaptation exists.
NPR logo

Listen to this Episode

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/800154688/800219900" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
Director Greta Gerwig on 'Little Women'

Director Greta Gerwig on 'Little Women'

Listen to this Episode

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/800154688/800219900" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Greta Gerwig attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Greta Gerwig attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

When we last invited Greta Gerwig onto Bullseye she was probably best known as an actress. She starred in Noah Baumbach's Frances Ha and a bunch of other mumblecore indies.

These days, Greta's known as a brilliant filmmaker and director. Her directorial debut Lady Bird (2017) is one of our favorite movies from the past decade. It's a quiet film about growth and change, all told from the perspective of a high school senior living in Sacramento.

LISTEN: Greta Gerwig talks about growing up in Sacramento and her film Lady Bird

YouTube

We'll welcome back Greta to talk about her latest – an adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's Little Women. The film is up for six Academy Awards this year, including Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress and Best Adapted Screenplay.

The plot revolves around the March family and their four daughters, set in the mid-1800s. In Greta's take, the four young women are each determined to live life on their own terms.

Florence Pugh, Saoirse Ronan and Emma Watson (L-R) all star in Greta Gerwig's "LIttle Women." WILSON WEBB COPYRIGHT © 2019 CTMG, INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. hide caption

toggle caption
WILSON WEBB COPYRIGHT © 2019 CTMG, INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Florence Pugh, Saoirse Ronan and Emma Watson (L-R) all star in Greta Gerwig's "LIttle Women."

WILSON WEBB COPYRIGHT © 2019 CTMG, INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

The film is terrifically cast, tons of heavy hitters: Saorise Ronan, Emma Watson, Meryl Streep, Laura Dern. Greta talks about her casting choices in Little Women including her surprising choice of Bob Odenkrik as father March. Plus, what the book meant to her growing up, and why she's shocked that this version of the adaptation even exists.