Salon Talks: Noël Wells


Actor and comedian Noël Wells doesn’t want to be called “quirky” or “cute.”

The now writer and director talks to Salon about her directorial and writing debut for the new film “Mr. Roosevelt.”

“I think that those words and the way that we view women,” Wells told Salon’s Mary Elizabeth Williams on “Salon Talks.” “It’s very infantilizing. I find it incredibly frustrating.”

Wells starred in Jim Strouse’s movie “The Incredible Jessica Jones” and opposite Aziz Ansari in the Emmy-nominated Netflix series “Master of None.” Wells’ “Mr. Roosevelt” follows a comedian in transition, dealing with the death of her cat (including a full on cat funeral) and the process of trying to figure out life while being forced to move in with her ex-boyfriend and his new girlfriend.

On “Salon Talks,” Wells spoke about labels that restrict women creatives, how “Mr. Roosevelt” comments on both the current socio-political climate and human relations, and the balancing act of writing, directing and starring in the film. Wells also mentioned her attention to the casting process and creating women characters that are authentic and complicated.

The smart film won the 2017 SXSW Film Festival Audience Award for Narrative Spotlight and is now playing in Los Angeles and New York.

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