Pedro Almodovar on Creation: "Gorgeous and at the Same Time Very Painful" | Writer Oscar Roundtable

The Oscar-winning screenwriter ('Talk to Her') is also known for 'Volver,' 'Bad Education' and this year's 'Julieta.'

Writer-director Pedro Almodovar finds the act of creation painful, he told The Hollywood Reporter during the Writer Roundtable. "It's part of the game," he said.

The Oscar-winning (Talk to Her) screenwriter's most recent film, Julieta, was originally set to star Meryl Streep. "The family culture here is very different from the Spanish family culture. How a mother lives and behaves when she's abandoned by a daughter, always is painful, but how she behaves is completely different."

Almodovar is known for his visually stimulating sagas that tend to highlight female heroines, inspired from his actress muses, most famously Penelope Cruz (Volver, All About My Mother, Broken Embraces). Julieta stars Emma Suarez and Adriana Ugarte.

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