I've had really great experiences working with first-time directors. They come at filmmaking with fresh ideas. I've been very lucky that way.
I've worked with a lot of first-time directors who kind of look to me for ideas and opinions and stuff, and I'm a team player.
There are times when you work with directors on set, and things are a bit rudderless, and those can be good directors.
Actors know how to talk to other actors in a way that sometimes other directors just don't.
You work with great directors and terrible directors, and so you learn; you take what you think will work for you.
I don't think Hollywood makes many good films anymore. How many directors can you really trust to have an artistic vision, not a corporate vision or a watered-down communal one?
A lot of times passion projects or films are difficult to make because they don't have proven directors attached to them.
I was, in my day, one of the best directors of episodic TV around.
For 'Vicky Cristina Barcelona,' for example, Woody Allen is one of the greatest American directors, and we really had a very good working relationship. We understand each other really well. He gave me one of the best opportunities somebody has ever given me in my career.
I had to endure the worst time of all in terms of racial discrimination in Hollywood when I first started out. It was inconcievable to American directors and producers that a Mexican woman could have a lead role.
They offered me that film before I did Frida and I said, no, I'm not capable of directing. Then after seeing Julie direct, I was inspired by it. She motivated me to do it, because we don't have role models as woman for directors.
Different directors have different things, so when I left Mike Leigh, as it were, and I went into other projects after 'All or Nothing,' it took some getting used to - what do you mean there's a script?!?' That kind of thing.
I would love to work with Quentin Tarantino - he's my number one. My ultimate. I would love to work with Paul Thomas Anderson, Alexander Payne - Pedro Almodovar wouldn't be too shabby. There are so many good directors, but those are some of my favorites.
Personally, I can't stand violence. In any standard American mainstream movie, there's 20 times more violence than in any one of my films, so I don't know why those directors aren't asked why they're such specialists for violence.
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