/ by Jared Jones

ZK: This role was originally written for a man. Is it true you asked to see scripts for male roles?
SB: Yeah. My agent said, “Let’s just start reading the scripts.” She came up with this one. I read it. She goes, “Should we ask them if they’re willing to make it a female?” I said, “Yeah.”
ZK: How did that thought occur to you?
SB: I did as my mother did: I put my blinders on and blazed forward. Sometimes you get a no. But I expect the no. I don’t expect the yes. With this I got very nervous. I didn’t know if George had made this for himself. But the response was “We’re cool with it.” And then the role—I mean, it was so beautifully written for a man. It wasn’t one of those things where you go, “Hmm, how do we change it to a woman?” You just change the sex; that was pretty much it. She’s human. She deals with addiction; she deals with mental illness. She’s brilliant at what she does, and she gets lost in the fact that all she cares about is a win. You look at our world—and back to my son: How do you raise a child to not make it all about the win when all we see in our world is people saying, “In order to have success, you have to win”?
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