Are women going to get pissed off at this show? That it depicts a woman without agency doing what men tell her to do and falling in love all the time?
Stephen: Those are all very interesting conversations. What's fascinating about Charlie is that she is, at times, very engineered by men. Both Kurtz and Becker are profoundly manipulative of her. And yet as the story progresses they become completely dependent on her. She moves beyond their control and creates her own narrative. That doesn't make it simpler, she hasn't abandoned her emotions. But she's in charge of them whereas before they were in control of her, without becoming superhuman.
So Charlie, out of Florence Pugh's mouth, kinda throws her profession under the bus at the end. There's the "So, what are you?" "Just an actress" exchange. That had to have caused some nervous laughter on set.
Simon: There's certainly some humor all throughout the show. And I must point out that I think it's Khalil who has that specific devastating "just an actress" line. I don't think Charlie has it in her to be that self-deprecating.
Stephen: The themes of identity and roles and who we are, these are all very universal things that are heightened by being an actor.
Simon: But there are parallels throughout. In episode 1, Kurtz says, "I am the writer and director of your little show," and that was a statement that wasn't lost on director Park.