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Jules   April 9, 2017   Leave a Comment 'Pretty in Pink', Article

You are also continuing your amazing TV directing career: The Blacklist, The Blacklist: Redemption, Orange Is the New Black, Halt and Catch Fire, Grace and Frankie … What is it about directing that attracts you to go behind the camera?
I don’t know. … I love the collaboration. I know how to talk to actors. The older I got, the more interested I was in telling the whole story and not just my subjective point of view of it, the acting point of view, so I really enjoy that notion of telling the whole thing.

That’s what’s interesting about the writing too: the sense that you’re sort of doing both. Whereas in acting, you’re very subjective and you’re telling that side of the story; in directing, you’re overview-ing the whole thing. In writing, you’re kind of doing both, because you’re very subjective with the characters, and then you’re responsible for telling the entire story as well. I enjoyed that aspect of that. Directing is just a job I know how to do. I understand the dilemmas of the actors, and I understand the dilemmas of the people on the technical filmmaking part of it too, and you’re just trying to create an environment on the set where everybody can do their best.

You’ve directed multiple episodes of The Blacklist. We have to note that Blane is directing Steff when you’re directing James Spader in The Blacklist. We’d like to think that you two are talking about Pretty in Pink, and whether Steff really liked Andie, and how cool Duckie actually was, but in fact, I’m guessing you’re not.
Oh, that’s all we talk about. Very rarely do we get to the shots of the day. I’m glad you remembered all those names, because I didn’t. But really, it’s great to work with James again. I hadn’t seen James in a number of years until [The Blacklist], and we didn’t miss a beat. Someone on the set saw us laughing about something, and they said, “Are you two different than how you were when you were acting together in movies?” James just looked at him and said, “We’re exactly the same, only more so,” which kind of sums it up.

That seems like a very James Spader-y thing to say.
It is a very James thing to say, isn’t it? Yeah. I love him. I love him. He’s one of a kind.

Your daughter just starred as Matilda on Broadway, and, is this true? Your son is starring in a movie with Molly Ringwald?
Yes, it’s true. I swore my children would never be actors, and here they are. My daughter Willow was Matilda for nine months, and my son Sam is doing a film [All These Small Moments] with Molly Ringwald as his mother, yes.

Have you and Molly talked about that?
Oh, we did email back and forth about it. We kind of went, “Oh, my God. Crazy.”

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