Ilana Glazer on What It Takes to Run 'Broad City,' Sexism and Relinquishing Control
"When I'm met with sexism, I'm like, 'Are you kidding me?'" Glazer told THR.
"People go to touch me a lot," Broad City star and creator Ilana Glazer told The Hollywood Reporter during the Comedy Actress Roundtable. "They think I want to, like, have sex with them, I guess, because my character's horny."
"A lot of ourselves are in this show," said Glazer, "and a lot of this is fly by the seat of your pants, and it's real in that way and authentic in that way. We really are running around New York City. It’s like, 'We have an hour to go on this block!'"
Glazer is used to being the boss on the set of the Comedy Central show she runs with friend and co-creator Abbi Jacobson. She told THR it is difficult to relinquish control when working on sets that are not hers. But she has found the challenge of embodying another writer's character ultimately fulfilling. "I also like the challenge of focusing on a role," she said. "You're showing up and acting someone else's words, and you're focusing on filling your every limb, every finger with this character. It's a different kind of control that I also admire."
With any actress Roundtable, the conversation turns to the inherent sexism within Hollywood, something Glazer herself is unfortunately no stranger to. "We go through stuff and we're like, 'It's because we're women.' And it's also subtle sexism because we're young. Especially, like, crew guys," Glazer said. "Recently this guy was calling us ladybugs, love-bugs. I'm like, 'We have a show, and you're helping run the promo.'"
More Roundtables featuring comedy and drama actors, drama actresses, comedy and drama showrunners, and reality hosts and producers will roll out throughout June in print and online. Tune in to new episodes of Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter starting June 26 on SundanceTV, with the premiere of the Comedy Actress Roundtable on Sunday, July 10. And look for clips at THR.com/roundtables with full episodes on THR.com after broadcast.