'Westworld' Creator Lisa Joy: "I Represent Opportunities for Other Women and Women of Color" | Drama Showrunner Roundtable
"I'm trying to start my own kind of movement," the HBO showrunner told THR.
"There is that pressure not only to be prolific but to not f— up," Westworld creator Lisa Joy told The Hollywood Reporter of being a female TV boss during the Drama Showrunner Roundtable. "And especially when you feel the added burden of being a woman who is doing this now. I represent opportunities for other women and other people of color, and I'm trying to start my own kind of movement."
"Nobody ever has a problem if a man writes a woman," Joy said of her western-sci-fi series. "I wanted to be able to say, 'Well, I can write your men and your action, too. You don't just have to give me the love scenes, which I don't even think are my strong suit.' It was about trying to take as many topics and saying they're not off-limits for me or people like me."
More roundtables featuring comedy and drama actresses, actors, showrunners and reality creators will continue through July in print and online. Tune in to new episodes of Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter starting May 25 on Sundance TV, and look for clips at THR.com/topic/roundtables with full episodes on THR.com after broadcast.