Best Quotes by Jill Soloway

By | March 29, 2016

I’m embarrassed that people will know that I can’t ride a bicycle. For years, I have been feigning bad ankles and saying I wasn’t in the mood for a bike ride.

Jill Soloway

I’m constantly confused about how to dress.

Jill Soloway

When I write, I lose time. I’m happy in a way that I have a hard time finding in real life. The intimacy between my brain and my fingers and my computer… Yet knowing that that intimacy will find an audience… It’s very satisfying. It’s like having the safety of being alone with the ego reward of being known.

Jill Soloway

Being pretty… I’m just confused about it. I mean, I love getting my nails done, but I also like dressing like a boy. I think I feel most myself when I’m mixing femininity and masculinity. Like, fifty-fifty.

Jill Soloway

I’m very aware that just driving blindly towards money won’t get me anything. I drive blindly towards making the world a better place.

Jill Soloway

Every project is a race between your enthusiasm and your ability to get it done. Go fast. Don’t slow down. A year from now, new things will interest you.

Jill Soloway

There’s something about the kind of unconditional wild joy of creating that you have with your siblings that I am always trying to get back to.

Jill Soloway

People who don’t have experience setting healthy boundaries, they have secrets instead.

Jill Soloway

If there’s a woman who is exhibiting her femininity or performing her femininity, it’s always seen as meant to pull in the male gaze.

Jill Soloway

I’ve always been really interested in how people’s identities are shaped by where they come from and how they want to get away from where they come from.

Jill Soloway

If you’re female, and you want to express your femininity, you’re actually demonized in the ‘Free To Be… You And Me’ generation.

Jill Soloway

I’ve noticed that women are always punished for their sexuality in popular culture.

Jill Soloway

My purpose as an artist is to heal the divided feminine in our culture. Well, okay wait, that sounds incredibly cheesy and like something a massage therapist might do at Esalen.

Jill Soloway

For me, when I’m not working, the day goes by so fast. I never have enough time – getting a manicure, getting a pedicure, getting my workout in, making sure that I ate healthy. Those things can become treacherous to the mind.

Jill Soloway

We grew up watching Woody Allen and Albert Brooks movies, and we see this neurotic, annoying, unlikeable male at the center of a story, and people root for him anyway. I think that’s really what we have been craving as women is the hero who doesn’t look perfect and doesn’t act perfectly.

Jill Soloway

If you can laugh with your friends over something, you own it.

Jill Soloway

Guys, there’s only one thing I hate more than bloggers who start sentences with ‘guys’ – and it’s those mealy-mouth hipsters who crochet codpieces and their ye-olde-sideburned friends who pickle stuff and slaughter their own gluten-free goats.

Jill Soloway

Getting into Sundance is a certain sort of passport to a level of anxiety I’ve never experienced, even having had a baby in the NICU for a week. For about ten minutes, you’re a world-class director. Then you become an entry-level, harried, low level concierge with absolutely no juice.

Jill Soloway

The inbox is always open in my brain, and anyone can get in any time and access me. Turning it off is taking back control. I decide who gets in. It’s about emotional privacy, having a self.

Jill Soloway

On Sunday morning, it’s Brooklyn Bagels on Beverly Boulevard. We get them hot. Then we walk some of the famous Silver Lake steps or hike in the hills to the highest vantage point to see the reservoir.

Jill Soloway

I think I’ve always had that struggle my whole life, of feeling a little bit more gender-neutral, feeling more comfortable as a creative person when I’m dressed like a boy, when I’m dressed more masculine.

Jill Soloway

It’s really easy to be funny. You get a lot of funny people in a room, the show is funny.

Jill Soloway

It’s really easy to do sad; you just put on some sad music and write dramatically – everybody can do that.

Jill Soloway

I love TV, I love writing, but I love movements more.

Jill Soloway

In most shows, there’s usually a hero or a protagonist, and even if there are multiple heroes or protagonists, most shows try and make it so you really always know who’s the good guy and who’s the bad guy.

Jill Soloway

Watching ‘Girls,’ it was really angering for me at first, because I really had spent decades hiding unlikable, unattractive Jewish girls in likable, attractive, non-Jewish actors and characters.

Jill Soloway

I guess a show like ‘Entourage’ would be wish fulfillment, right? But ‘Entourage’ is wish fulfillment for men. It’s that you can be kind of schlumpy-looking and have access to someone famous and find yourself at a pool party surrounded by girls in bikinis.

Jill Soloway

Independent filmmakers already have their heads around people on their couches watching their movies.

Jill Soloway

Normally, I think the people you would use on your first film, it would be a real struggle to bring them with you onto your television show. I just brought every single person with and expanded my little indie film world.

Jill Soloway

We’re a whole culture of people who have a really hard time seeing beyond themselves.

Jill Soloway

There’s always been something about Jeffrey Tambor, not only as an actor but as a person, where his ability to embody a sort of very dignified feminine way of being just – this was just very clear to me.

Jill Soloway

I always wanted to do a family show.

Jill Soloway

I’ve always been really interested in secrets – how people find ways of doing things without telling anyone else in order to keep themselves feeling safe in the world.

Jill Soloway

My sister and I created a show called ‘The Real Life Brady Bunch,’ which was sort of a theatrical sensation that got us attention in L.A. and New York.

Jill Soloway

After ‘Nikki’ and ‘Steve Harvey,’ I had written on a show called ‘The Oblongs,’ which was pretty well respected and had a lot of ‘Simpsons’ writers on it. So I was a TV writer with an interesting voice at that moment.

Jill Soloway

Six Feet Under,’ for me, was college. Alan Ball and Alan Poul ran that show and really taught me what it meant to really run a show in a classic way.

Jill Soloway

Something I’ve really been wanting to do, ever since ‘Six Feet Under’ ended, was create my own version of this idealized writer’s room as well as the ideal family.

Jill Soloway

I took all my TV experience and what I learned about – by writing and directing and bringing a movie to Sundance – about the realities of the independent film market: ‘Transparent’ is the marriage of those two situations.

Jill Soloway

I always love the soapy conflicts between somebody’s family of origin and their new family – ‘Do I have Thanksgiving at my husband’s parents’ house, or at my parents’ house?’

Jill Soloway

Normally, you cast a pilot, and you have to make compromises about being political about who you cast.

Jill Soloway

I wouldn’t necessarily say that ‘Alpha House’ or ‘Betas’ embodied a particular vision of Amazon of the kind of brand or programming they were gonna do. I think those were the first lucky creators who hit it right for them.

Jill Soloway

I’ve been writing about misogyny for 20 years and trying to understand what femininity means for my entire career.

Jill Soloway

I really relate to the feeling of falling in love 10 times a day and wishing I could never stop falling in love.

Jill Soloway

I’m always going for truth and honesty.

Jill Soloway

I’m a fan of Louis C.K., I’m a fan of Lena Dunham. I love shows about people that other people would consider unlikable, or, like, the work of Woody Allen and Albert Brooks.

Jill Soloway

I love a kind of shambling outsider protagonist who always feels like they’re ‘other.’

Jill Soloway

When I went to Sundance for ‘Afternoon Delight,’ I came back feeling like I wanted to take my experience that I learned from directing and bring that into a series.

Jill Soloway

My sister and I are incredibly close, and we created together from childhood through the time we spent in Chicago at the Annoyance Theatre.

Jill Soloway

I’m a naturally open person – some might say radically open.

Jill Soloway

So many features at Sundance seemed to be powered more on the director’s need to be a director than any particular story.

Jill Soloway

I used to think that, when I was a director, I would have a very specific vision of what everything would look like, but now I am more of a camp counselor.

Jill Soloway

At East Side Jews, we can take a risk because it isn’t all about the rules. I started it to create a space for all those people who wouldn’t go to temple because they were scared of getting the rules wrong.

Jill Soloway

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