March 08, 2009

Catherine Hardwicke talks about making it in male-dominated Hollywood

Catherine Hardwicke will recieve the Ann Richards Award at the Texas Film Hall of Fame Awards this Thursday (March 12). Austin360 caught up with the University of Texas graduate to discuss her Texas roots, the "Twilight" phenomenon and the struggle women face in the movie business.

American-Statesman: You studied architecture at The University of Texas. How did you transition from that to filmmaking?

Catherine Hardwicke: I'd done this crazy [senior] project ... just very hilarious, theatrical and elaborate. ... At the end of my presentation, none of the teachers or faculty said anything. Their jaws just dropped, and they just moved on to the next person. About a week later, one of the visiting critics came up and said, "You know what? I've been thinking about you, and you shouldn't be in architecture. Architecture is not going to encourage your kind of creativity. You should find something else." [Laughs]

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Source: Austin360


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