Read at The Paris Review
Sigrid Nunez, author of best-selling novels such as The Friend and What Are You Going Through, discusses her writing process and the challenges of adapting her books for film in an interview. She shares insights into her living space, which is filled with books and artwork, and mentions the loss of Bill Murray and Naomi Watts from the film adaptation of The Friend. However, she also talks about her collaboration with Pedro Almodóvar on a screenplay based on her latest novel.
Nunez had just heard that the film adaptation of her best seller The Friend (2018), due to start shooting soon, might be in jeopardy after losing Bill Murray, in the wake of a public disgrace, and Naomi Watts; Nunez kept picturing the plight of the last star standing, Bing, who'd already endured years of training and several moves in preparation for his role as Apollo, the Harlequin Great Dane. Still, she has been fielding the odd factual query from one of her favorite directors, Pedro Almodóvar, for a screenplay he's basing on her latest best-selling novel, What Are You Going Through (2020).
Nunez is described as small, vivacious, and direct, with a sharpness and toughness that comes through in her writing. She is known for her ability to blend humor and emotional depth seamlessly. Nunez also mentions her writing process and the importance of animals in her novels. She concludes the interview by mentioning her collaboration with Pedro Almodóvar and their work on a screenplay adaptation.
When a cat tells its story in a Nunez novel, you're made