Listen: Producer, Amy Schumer, Candy discussed on Sunday Sitdown with Willie Geist
"S about the AIDS epidemic crack and cocaine all the other the rest of it so when people ask you what is is this show about well if I don't WanNa talk them very long form of but no if it's about I think it's about I think it's a critique of capitalism. I think it looks at like an sexism and I I have a couple of lines in season three that just like reverberate me what the show is about and especially this season at one point candy says there's a cost to all this. You know what is the cost of all of what we're selling alley and in a way what is the cost of kind of unchecked wild west capitalism in general which is what the porn industry mystery yet who gets taken advantage of and There's another really cool thing that that I say which I'm I'm not giving anything away. I think at one point candy says what men pay for becomes the world which you know candy says that not in I liked didactic way. She's not giving a speech. She's she feels that she's Weltman pay for and what she's allowed to mate as an artist is decided by like but men WANNA pay for you're and I think that is just such an interesting thing to think about. I think about it in terms of my own work. I think about it in terms of what I want to say how can get the money to say and and so you know and I think it's about the commodification of sex and that's something we've been thinking about is culture churn for the past few years and a really interesting way so as a really exciting time to have been working on this show it is you're right. You can lay it over. What's happening in Hollywood right now. You talked about your own work. You're a producer on the series. I think seven of the eight women who directed episodes not the directors were women that right honest and season to season two was what's the difference between just being an actor on a project and being a producer where you can help steer the direction of the story and why is it important for you to have that credit. I mean initially it was important for me just to sort of guarantee a place at the table I hit only read three of the of what would ultimately be twenty five episodes and so. I'd never had that experience before Dr. I'd seen David's work. David Sevan's work was a fan I didn't I wasn't walking in totally blind but I was like I don't know what this is going to be and I'm going to be naked physically and emotionally and like I just WanNa be sure that world to me saying something I can get behind and of course everyone will yes you to death in the room when they're Byu sign up but I don't know I didn't know them but as it went on I realized that they were looking thing for collaboration that the credit of being a producer in some ways didn't matter although it did matter for me I meant a lot to be honest and what it ended up being was yeah an active constant conversation about what we were saying how we were saying it what was happening happening with candy so I would see scripts early which actors don't usually get to do and make notes on them and we'd go back and forth which is one one of my favorite things about the whole process. I mean disagreeing with David Simon put a lot of fun and full of humor and I've great texts back can four and then I would see cuts early on and and and give notes about the cuts and so yeah I that that was a huge part of it for me in fact I wouldn't have probably agreed to do the show if they hadn't given neither the credit. Even though I desperately wanted to lose talented wanted David is it seems crazy not to have women at the table and a show that's effectively about in many ways exploitation of women and the commodification of sexism and the women's role in that. Is that something that you think about more in your career. If I'm taking a movie role I also want to be a producer on it and have some say in how this goes does well yeah. I produced the kindergarten that I made last year and I am. I'm producing the film that I'm going to direct the lost daughter and I think their different ways to produce right with the last daughter. The kindergarten teacher was a huge part of getting money organizing the financing. That's one element producing another element is this sort of artistic side of producing which if you are in a little independent movie and you are in every scene of that movie. You're carrying that movie on your back. You're probably going to end up doing a lot of the jobs of producer anyway or participating in that. You'RE GONNA will be reading the drafts giving notes. You're going to be seeing the cuts giving notes. You're going to write the letters to get this actor to calm. All you have relationship with this EP. You're going to have the meeting then. Take it to festivals and have the meetings with the `financiers. Try to push it over the edge. You know so I guess to me. I felt like I I actually want credit. Maybe in some ways it seems like a formality. I guess it wasn't to me I wanted wanted the credit and and then of course they had a credit on the kindergarten teacher as a producer. I realized how much I didn't know and learned so much from the women who had much more experience. Go ahead and producing and like you know I love it. I just happened to really like that. Did it take you awhile to get to the point into your career and say wait a minute. I don't really should I be doing this putting my name on the door but I also deserve it. I mean this is something that is hard as I'm working on these independent in films and all the things you just laid out yeah so may I deserve a lot of things have been like that for me that lately. I've sort of felt like wait. Why am I saying I don't need the credit or wait. Why am I saying I'll do that for free like actually do want to be paid. I do want credit then yes. I think it took me a while to yeah to feel entitled to ask for those things and you know it's interesting. I feel like there are younger. Women younger than me. You know millennials coming up who feel entitled in a way that I didn't and I think they are inspiring in that way like Amy Schumer you know and her comedy Circassian Super Funny. She says in reason convicts services. All these millennials are like looking at us like. What did you say it was okay like what did you accept from and it really made me laugh? 'cause. I think like it's true. It's great when the next generation inspires you. That's growth right. Pressure appreciates the business getting better. Have you seen that growth just in the last couple of years even since so publicly all this was thrown out into into the open with times of two. It's like the same thing I'm saying about the DEUCE right like there's a cost. What is the cost to exploitation. What is the cost to like. Unchecked greed read the question. We're asking in season three right who gets taken advantage of and who doesn't and in in our business It's like all of a sudden there were consequences to bad behavior and kind of rejigging of what's acceptable and not acceptable. We just are seeing it happen now. so yeah. I mean I kind of get dramatic shifts and the changes and it's almost like you look back. It was only two years ago but to your point about Amy Schumer. We tolerate it. What two years ago I do feel like it is different now. When you go into a room when you're on the set or wherever you are does the culture feels different ways I mean one. Yes deeply different very different. I definitely feel well. It like it's kind of amazing on another level. I think the problems that we're talking about our systemic right. They're really deeply ingrained into our culture. If women couldn't vote or credit card or there was really no access to."