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INTERVIEWED BY LYNNE JAMNECK
Guinevere Turner started her career as
co-writer, co-producer and star of Rose
Troche’s landmark lesbian indie film Go
Fish and has since starred in Preaching To
The Perverted, Stray Dogs and Dogma. In
2000 she co-wrote the film adaptation of
Brett Easton Ellis’ American Psycho, in
which she also had a supporting role. As
co-writer on the phenomenally popular
The L Word, Turner brought her talents to
a wider audience.
You had a freewheeling, hippie-style
upbringing. Did this inspire your
In all honesty, I regret ever speaking
about the way that I grew up publicly
because I don’t really like to talk about it
and no matter what I say, people assume
“hippie” and “free-style”. No matter
what, people assume that it was this free
love scenario even though I’ve never said
anything of the sort. That’s not what it
was like. Regardless, I was very much
encouraged to write as a kid, to keep
journals and to express my feelings about
music and art through writing, so that
was a big influence, and then growing up
around so many kids there was always
a lot of storytelling and reading aloud at
bedtime and stuff. I was raised around
lots and lots of words.
What was the very first film script you
You know technically I’ve never “sold”
a script. The first script I ever wrote was
Go Fish, and we made it into a movie.
I’ve been fortunate enough to never be in
the position to have to sell something. I
write it, then do everything in my power
to get it made. Now people approach me
and pay me to write their ideas.
What do you like about writing?
I like the control that you have – over
your time, over the content. It can be
very solitary, but also very meditative and
certainly very therapeutic for me.
Would you ever trade it for full-time
I would never have to! I have been
writing since I was nine and will always
write, regardless of what happens
otherwise in my career. I would also
never be foolish enough to give it up in
pursuit of acting, since writing is what
pays my bills. Don’t get me wrong, I
love acting, but it doesn’t come as easily
for me, and I’m getting a little old...
Just kidding, but you know what I mean
actress... but you can be a shriveled old
hag and be a writer and no one cares...
You recently received an artistic
achievement award at the Philadelphia
Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. How
does it feel to be honored by your
Great! I love it! I’ll take an achievement
award any day. It was a fun time and I
always love to see a clip reel of my work
– if you promise me that I’ll pretty much
Is there validity to the criticism of
casting straight actresses to play
lesbians? Hilary Swank in Boys Don’t
Cry, for instance.
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