Alfonso Cuaron Talks "Intense Experience" While Filming 'Roma': "I Forgot I Was a Writer"

"When they ask me at the end of a film if I am happy, I'm never happy, I'm relieved," the Oscar-winning director ('Gravity') said.

Filming Roma was quite an "intense experience" for director Alfonso Cuaron, or so he revealed in The Hollywood Reporter's Directors Roundtable.

"It's a long process, but also it's a process in which so many things can go wrong," he continued. "The biggest thing is that you know that whatever you do is going to be there, it's going to be there forever."

After the filming of Roma ended, Cuaron admitted that he felt "relieved" more than anything. "When they ask me at the end of a film if I am happy, I'm never happy, I'm relieved," he explained. "If you ask a fox after being chased by hounds for 12 hours and then it goes to a refuge, 'Are you happy?' No. The fox is relieved. He got away with it."

Cuaron, who landed his major breakthrough with the Mexican film Y Tu Mamá También — starring Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna, and which earned Cuaron an Oscar nomination — went on to make large studio pictures, including Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Children of Men and his Oscar-winning outer space drama, Gravity. He says the small films and the large films "can be joyful either way" but "it's just a different approach." The director went on to say, "Roma had a different intensity that I was not expecting because I didn't know where I was walking."

"I forgot that I was a writer," he further explained. "I have a lot of people around telling me, 'Just read scripts, because, if you introduce yourself as a writer/director, your options are going to be narrow.' I followed that lead for a little bit. Then, what happened is I was just at the mercy of the projects that were around, and also not really exploring what I wanted to say."

Cuaron is the winner of two career Oscars, for best director and best editing (Gravity). He has four additional nominations, two in the screenwriting categories for Children of Men and Y Tu Mamá También. His latest film, Roma, is currently available on Netflix.