2024 TIME Women of the Year - Greta
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Wednesday, February 21, 2024

2024 TIME Women of the Year - Greta

 photography by Zoey Grossman 

The 2024 TIME Women of the Year list features 12 honorees, including actor, writer, and director GretaGerwig, actor Taraji P. Henson, artist Andra Day, tennis player CocoGauff, Global CEO of Chanel LeenaNair, co-founder and leader of the Israeli movement Women Wage Peace Yael Admi, founder and director of Women of the Sun Reem Hajajreh, president and chairwoman of nonprofit Nadia’s Initiative Nadia Murad, medical scientist and professor of research on hyperemesis gravidarum Marlena Fejzo, founder and executive director of The Chisholm Legacy Project Jacqui Patterson, poet Ada Limón, and economic historian and labor economist Claudia Goldin


TIME’s Sam Lansky on Greta Gerwig: “Gerwig’s story is as much about commerce as it is about art: Her films are humane, emotional, and playful; she is the only director in history to have their first three solo feature films nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars. Yet her movies also clean up at the box office: her semi-autobiographical solo directorial debut, Lady Bird, grossed $79 million against a $10 million budget; her next, an adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s beloved Little Women, was budgeted at $40 million and took in $231 million—both extraordinary returns on investment. These commercial triumphs reflect how her work resonates in the culture, particularly among women and girls, whose emotional lives and ambitions Gerwig explores in her films. 

But to make her success about gender would be to diminish how her work also transcends its boundaries.” https://bit.ly/3UTfiKd 


On how how Narnia had been gestating for a long time, but she’d written a draft before ever setting foot on the set of Barbie, Gerwig tells TIME: “Knowing that I’d laid the groundwork for Narnia and wanted to return to it—that’s probably something I set up for myself psychologically…Because I know the right thing, for me anyway, is to keep making movies. Whatever happens, good or bad, you’ve got to keep going.”


On if she feels the need to prove her command over this space more deeply as a woman, Gerwig tells TIME: “I don’t know if it’s gendered. But I know I want to be able to make a body of work that feels like it’s undeniable in terms of the work itself. I don’t want there to be an asterisk next to my name. Do I have more of that than male filmmakers? I don’t know! I know plenty of deeply insecure male filmmakers who are plagued in their own ways.” 


On her upcoming work for Narnia and her admiration of C.S. Lewis’ writing, Gerwig tells TIME: “It’s connected to the folklore and fairy stories of England, but it’s a combination of different traditions. As a child, you accept the whole thing—that you’re in this land of Narnia, there’s fauns, and then Father Christmas shows up. It doesn’t even occur to you that it’s not schematic. I’m interested in embracing the paradox of the worlds that Lewis created because that’s what’s so compelling about them.” 


TIME’s Andrew R. Chow on Taraji P. Henson: “Lately, Henson, one of Hollywood’s most electric personalities and prolific stars, has been pulling back the curtain, sharing her frustration and heartbreak as a Black woman in the industry. In December, she broke down in tears during an interview with Gayle King over her struggle to be paid fairly. Her words sparked an outpouring of affirmation and a larger dialogue about the pervasive pay gap, both in and outside of Hollywood. A 2019 study found that female stars generally earned $1.1 million less than male stars with similar experience. A 2023 Pew study found that nationwide, Black women earned 70% as much as white men. Despite years of success and accolades, Henson says she still receives lowball offers at every turn—and this for a woman who has breached the upper echelon of Hollywood, who has received nominations for an Oscar and four Emmys over nearly three decades onscreen..” https://bit.ly/48kP3PD 



TIME’s Moises Mendez on Andra Day: “Day, 39, burst onto the scene in 2015 with her song “Rise Up,” a rousing power ballad that earned a Grammy nomination and later became an anthem for Black Lives Matter protests. In 2021, in her first leading role in a feature film, she played one of the most legendary singers of all time in director Lee Daniels’ The United States vs. Billie Holiday, a performance for which she nabbed a Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination while the soundtrack took home a Grammy. She has filmed another movie with Daniels, The Deliverance, and one with writer-director Titus Kaphar, Exhibiting Forgiveness, both of which are forthcoming. Fans have expressed hopes that she might someday play another influential singer onscreen: Eartha Kitt. “I’ve heard the calls, and I’ve been a fan of hers for a long time,” Day says. But Day has spoken about the immense pressure she felt to do justice to Holiday’s story, and there was a cost: to capture Holiday’s sound, she smoked cigarettes during filming, and damaged her voice. It was something she contended with as she prepared for the Super Bowl and in recording her second album—Cassandra—which she’ll release this spring.” https://bit.ly/49nY1Nr 


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