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    Greta Gerwig Says She Was "Terrified" Of Making The "Barbie" Movie, And I Kind Of Get It

    “I think there’s something about starting from that place where it’s like, ‘Well, anything is possible!’"

    We know you're excited for the Barbie movie. Who isn't?

    Margot Robbie in a car in Barbie movie

    One of the many reasons the Barbie movie is so hotly anticipated is that it was written and directed by Greta Gerwig — who's responsible for such critically acclaimed movies as Lady Bird and the 2019 adaptation of Little Women.

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    As it turns out, though, Greta was quite anxious when it came down to making the movie.

    Greta holding a microphone

    During an appearance on Dua Lipa's At Your Service podcast, Greta said she was actually "terrified" to put her stamp on the Barbie franchise.

    Greta smiling on the red carpet

    “It was terrifying,” she recalled. “I think there’s something about starting from that place where it’s like, ‘Well, anything is possible!’"

    Greta holding a large envelope

    She added, "It felt like vertigo starting to write it. Like, where do you even begin? What would be the story?”

    Close-up of Greta

    But the risky aspect of making the Barbie movie was also what drew Greta to the project to begin with.

    Greta smiling on the red carpet

    “I think it was that feeling I had that it would be really interesting terror,” she recalled. “Usually, that’s where the best stuff is. When you’re like, 'I am terrified of that.'"

    Greta holding a microphone

    She continued, "Anything where you’re like, ‘This could be a career ender,’ then you’re like, ‘OK, I probably should do it.’”

    Greta smiling

    Words to live by! You can listen to the entire interview here.