On this week’s edition of my new Deadline video series Behind the Lens, which features conversations with top directors, I speak with Greta Gerwig, who is making her solo directorial debut with the critically acclaimed Lady Bird. The A24 film already earned her the Best Director award from the National Board Of Review as well as nominations for writing and directing from the Critics’ Choice Awards.

Behind The Lens

In our chat, we talk about how the actress made the “terrifying but thrilling” decision to also start writing — including two films in which she starred for Noah Baumbach — but why she will never direct herself in a movie even though she admires those who can do it. She also discusses about the value of being rejected, taking ownership of her career, her beginnings in local theater, and how Lady Bird became such a personal project that she even shot it in her hometown of Sacramento.

Check out our conversation above.