Julia Lindon & Taylor Lee Nagel Discuss ‘Girl Liberty’ In Interview – Hollywood Life


Creator and star Julia Lindon and director Taylor Lee Nagel spoke with HollywoodLife EXCLUSIVELY concerning the artistic course of behind their Tribeca Movie Pageant pilot, ‘Girl Liberty.’

Up-and-coming 28-year-old author, creator, and actor Julia Lindon has made a splash along with her debut pilot Girl Liberty on the 2019 Tribeca Movie Pageant. Julia’s 26-minute pilot chronicles the lifetime of Shea Miller, an aspiring humorist who works as a star assistant and is navigating her queer identification in New York Metropolis. The present was impressed by parts in Julia’s personal life – she spent years discovering her artistic voice after working as an NBC Web page and as 43-year-old actor Jason Sudeikis’ private assistant, in addition to discovering her sexuality alongside the best way, as properly.

HollywoodLife spoke with Julia and director and producer Taylor Lee Nagel EXCLUSIVELY main as much as their April 29 Tribeca debut as a part of the “Pilot Season” program. Julia described that the undertaking got here to life three years in the past. “I wished to take what was actually occurring in [my] life and attempt to put it by a comedic lens, despite the fact that popping out and determining sexuality, to me, there was nothing humorous about it at first. It was all simply form of robust to type by,” Julia stated. Alongside the best way, engaged on Girl Liberty served as a catharsis for the creator, permitting her to work by it, she stated. Julia and Taylor linked by mutual associates, with Julia’s background in comedy, sketch, and improv, whereas Taylor got here from a documentary background. Julia stated that the script, path, and edit of the pilot was a mirrored image of their respective backgrounds coming collectively.

It was essential for Julia to painting the story in the beginning level of Shea realizing her sexuality and vocalizing that. Viewers see Shea popping out and experiencing completely different reactions from completely different folks in her life – some she barely is aware of. “Their reactions might be completely different, however in the end, Shea’s most likely the one who thinks it’s the most important deal in comparison with everybody else.” Julia continued, “It was form of a narrative that I all the time wished to see of somebody who’s simply in the beginning of determining a giant query about their sexuality, and never from somebody who is way down the highway and really snug with issues but. [Shea’s] very uncomfortable and doesn’t actually know the right way to embrace herself. I wished there to be a present like that to observe after I was at that time.”

Taylor agreed that this second in somebody’s life, by which they’re on the very starting of recognizing their sexuality, was essential so as to add to the combo of tales informed on display. “It’s coping with identification in a manner that’s lighthearted and humorous, but in addition very actual and really emotional,” Taylor stated. “I feel it’s additionally coping with friendship as properly. I feel by Shea’s story we’re seeing a younger girl looking for folks and a neighborhood and an area the place she appears like herself and accepted.”

Shea’s journey by discovering acceptance in queer areas isn’t the one journey the younger character takes – she additionally tackles discovering her personal path whereas working for A-Checklist humorist, Tommy Danes, portrayed by Julia’s former comic boss. Julia stated that that a part of Girl Liberty additionally took inspiration from her life, too. “I used to be hungry to search out my voice and make my imprint within the comedy scene, and was ready to do this slowly whereas below the steering and mentorship of a bigger particular person within the trade,” Julia stated about her time as Jason’s private assistant. “All of the sophisticated issues that include that, the place you’re getting lots of nice publicity, however there’s lots of hopes and goals put into each second that you simply’re hoping that someday you may be the opposite aspect of that.”

Whereas that’s definitely a sophisticated place, Julia nonetheless wished Jason to be a part of her undertaking. “It was all the time one thing I believed could be superb if it occurred,” she stated. Despite the fact that Tommy and Shea’s working relationship was primarily based off Jason and Julia’s, she stated that Jason added parts to make Tommy completely different, like by making him a humorist, as an alternative of a comic who got here from improv and sketch. “Having him in it was such a deal with,” Julia continued. “I used to be heading out of the assistant place going off to make this pilot, and requested if he was thinking about supporting it and enjoying that position. He was blissful to be part of it and he was so nice and supportive and it was actually enjoyable appearing with him.”

As for the way Shea’s profession as an aspiring humorist will kind – properly, that might be crammed with discovery, too. “There’s such an emphasis right here on Shea desirous to be this actually polished humorist,” Julia stated. “There’s a gap up of the world, that stand-up isn’t the one sort of comedy, and it’s not the one manner for her to form of experiment and develop her voice. So I feel we’ll see her making an attempt out all completely different types of comedy and form of that entire indie-comedy scene of New York Metropolis. And on that quest, in the end attending to the place the place she’s placing out her genuine voice, which incorporates embracing her true self and her sexuality, [and] not hiding that from her comedy, however letting it inform it.”

Whereas Julia loved working along with her former boss in a artistic capability collectively for her undertaking, there have been challenges, too. Julia had to determine “how a lot is an excessive amount of” to place into the story from her actual life. She needed to differentiate amongst particulars from her personal expertise she deemed “truly attention-grabbing,” to ones that might be solely essential for her, and ones that served the Girl Liberty story on a broader degree. “Having Taylor as that particular person to form of mine by all of that with was actually an important expertise,” Julia stated.

And Taylor discovered that to be probably the most rewarding elements of constructing the pilot. “Probably the most enjoyable half about this was how a lot Julia was prepared to base this on her personal life and her personal expertise,” Taylor stated. “I imply it’s no simple factor to play a youthful model of your self with out enhancing out that naivety that I’m positive we’d all relatively overlook about us a number of years in the past. It was far more uncooked and emotional on account of that.” She continued, “We spent a lot time creating the script collectively that I felt like I actually had the backstory for lots of the issues that had been occurring within the movie. There was even one level the place Julia took me on a strolling tour of the West Village the place lots of this stuff occurred.”

Girl Liberty debuted at Tribeca Movie Pageant on April 29, and has a second screening on Might four at eight p.m. You’ll be able to observe @LadyLibertyTV on Instagram for present updates.


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