Based on the novel by Sara Zarr, Lifetime’s Story of a Girl tells the story of a teen whose life is changed when a sex tape is released on social media. The TV movie marks Kyra Sedgwick’s directorial debut, and even though she has never been part of sex tape scandal, she related to the story. Donning a “Women Support Women” shirt, Sedgwick talked to moderator Dawn Chmielewski about the movie and how it was a launch for her directing career.
“This is so uncomfortably similar to my feelings as a teenage girl,” said Sedgwick. “It’s about the fracturing of this family after what happens with this girl. We meet her three years later on how she is struggling with the slut shaming, how her father can’t look her in the eye, and how she is trying to live down this reputation.”
She adds that the movie also shows how the character, through forgiveness of herself, that she can take agency of her own life.
The movie also stars her real-life husband Kevin Bacon, who she says was “shockingly easy to direct” because “it’s not the first time I have told him what to do.” That said, A Story of a Girl is a brick in the foundation of Sedgwick’s directing career.
“I feel like I’ve been acting professionally since I was 16 and I’ve been preparing for what I really should be doing, which is directing,” said Sedgwick. ” I came at it with confidence, but also an understanding of what I thought I didn’t know. What I came to understand was that I was scared sh*tless. I had the right amount of fear, respect, and honor for something I hadn’t done before and I just loved it.”