March 3, 2024

Greta Gerwig Says Her Catholic Childhood Influenced ‘Barbie’ Scenes

  • Greta Gerwig says that her Catholic upbringing influenced the way she did the movie “Barbie”.
  • The filmmaker told AP news that she “resonates” with “older story forms” because she went to Catholic school.
  • This isn’t the first time Gerwig or the “Barbie” cast have spoken out about the film’s religious references.

Greta Gerwig’s Catholic upbringing had a big impact on the way she did the movie “Barbie” – and it shows in a few scenes.

Speaking in an interview with AP newsthe filmmaker explained that there are strong similarities between the biblical stories and the setting of the film.

“In the movie, because when it starts, she’s in a world where there’s no aging or death or pain or shame or self-awareness, and then she suddenly becomes self-aware — that’s a really old story,” Gerwig told AP News. “And we know that story.”

Gerwig says she tends to rely on these “old-story forms” because of her Catholic upbringing.

“I think I always go back to those traditional forms because I went to Catholic school and I accept it,” she said.

The 39-year-old attended St. Francis Catholic High School, an all-girls school in Sacramento, California. She is listed as an alumnus of the school web page.

This isn’t the first time Gerwig – or the “Barbie” cast – has spoken out about the film’s references to religious art and stories.

In the film, there is a scene where Barbie meets her inventor, Ruth Handler, which was filmed in a way that references a famous piece of religious art, Gerwig said USA Today on Thursday.

“There’s this shot where Ruth gives Barbie a cup of tea, and the way we put it up is the exact way God is touching Adam in the Sistine Chapel,” Gerwig said.

In an interview with Vogue published in May, Gerwig also referenced the creation of the Barbie doll to the biblical creation myth.

“Barbie was invented first,” Gerwig told Vogue. “Ken was invented after Barbie, which burnish the position of Barbie in our eyes and in the world. That kind of creation myth is the opposite of the creation myth in Genesis.”

Margot Robbie – who plays the film’s title character – told Vogue in the same interview that Gerwig even wrote an “abstract poem about Barbie” that sounded like the Apostles Creed to help set the tone of the film.

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