Diablo Cody interview

Time Out talks to Diablo Cody about living up to the hype, killer cheerleaders and the joys of pyjamas

Interview

So, with Jennifer’s Body, what kind of pressure did you feel, post-Juno, to write something good?
None.

I don’t believe you.
Seriously. How could I possibly? The experience that I had with Juno is something I could never replicate, ever. First of all, you never have your first baby again. Second, the whole production was really charmed from start to finish. I mean, every moment of it was special. And then it culminated in Oscar nominations.

And a win.
And a win for moi. It doesn’t get any better than that. I’m so fortunate that I got to have that experience. Now I almost feel this great calm coming over me. I’d be feeling a lot more pressure if I was still striving for that goal.

So, next step: Jennifer’s Body. I would presume that you are a big fan of the horror genre?
Absolutely.

Was it always your dream to write a killer-cheerleader movie?
First of all, she’s not a cheerleader. She’s on the flag team.

What’s a flag team?

It’s like the drill team. They come out with their flags and twirl them and synchronize with the marching band.

Got it.
It’s a little cornier than cheerleading.

Did you have this idea before you wrote Juno?
This started as a short story that I was working on, pre-Juno, back when I had aspirations of being a real writer. I don’t know if you’ve written a lot of short stories, but it’s a pain in the ass.

I’ve heard this. So you had the flag-team-girl idea waiting?
Honestly, I’d been sitting on a lot of stuff. I was the typical frustrated writer.

And now everything’s been sold.
Ha. Not all of it. I just finished a new screenplay three weeks ago.

Can you tell me what it’s about?
Nope. But I will tell you that it is dramatic.

So not a horror film?
No. Well, it depends how horrific you find single women.

Is there a role in it for Megan Fox?
I have to be perfectly honest: I don’t think so. Megan Fox is incredibly talented and charismatic, but you need to write a very specific role for her. Preferably a demon. Or the most beautiful girl in the world.
Or the most beautiful demon in the world. She can play a femme fatale or, you know, Shia LaBeouf’s companion. But honestly, I can’t even look at the girl. She’s so gorgeous, it’s unnatural.

Is directing in your future too?
It’s weird to me that people think directing logically follows screen writing. I don’t even know if I have chops to write, much less direct.

You don’t have to tell anybody that.
I know. I’ve been given the opport- unity to direct more than once.

And?
And I’ve said no.

I guess it’s easier to sit around in your pyjamas and write.
(Laughs) He says to the woman who is literally in her pyjamas. I’m also really sorry that I dropped the word ‘moi’ earlier. That was super obnoxious of me!
Jennifer’s Body is out in cinemas now.

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