Gia Coppola

(Gian-Carla "Gia" Coppola)

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After college, I drove across the country twice with friends. It was one of the most fascinating experiences of my life. I find it really inspiring seeing the country that way. Life
Anyone can create and put stuff out there, so then as viewers and listeners, we have access to a lot of different unique view points.
As a first-time director, you act a lot like a teenager. I made decisions because I was hotheaded. My skin broke out. I was trying to understand who I am.
As a teenager, I wanted to be sophisticated and avant-garde, and I was really judgmental. But when you're a teenager, you're fearless because you don't know the repercussions to anything.
Being a little naive can work to your advantage. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Chanel is a brand that is so inspiring.
Costumes say a lot about a character. When it came to 'Palo Alto,' it was important for me that the kids didn't look perfect. In most teen movies today, all of the clothes are expensive. I remember wearing a lot of dirty vintage clothes. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Friends would ask, 'Have you seen 'The Godfather?' and I'd be like, 'No.'
I always knew my mom was a good actress.
I didn't go to film school. My Grampa always says just watch a lot of movies. He didn't go to film school; he went to theatre school. It's interesting to learn about the technical side of it, but I think it's more important to learn about writing and working with actors. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
I don't like being in front of the camera.
I don't like shopping, so I'll look online. I like going to the flea market at the Rose Bowl every once in a while. I like the same stores, Opening Ceremony and APC.
I don't really wear makeup. I don't like the feeling of it. I just put mascara on, and that's kind of it.
I enjoy fashion photography and textiles, that whole aspect of it. As more of an art form, I like Proenza Schouler. Those guys are really cool because they seem to have an interesting approach to it all. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
I enjoy seeing how my friends - Proenza Schouler, Zac Posen, Rodarte - use clothes to create their vision and art. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
I feel like I can communicate much better using images than words.
I get to collaborate and tell stories with moving photographs.
I got my GED my senior year and ended up taking community college classes before I transferred to Bard.
I guess I knew my dad was into photography, so a part of me was interested in picking it up to understand him a little better. Families, Children & Parenting
I have a lot of game apps I need to delete.
I have so much appreciation for movies because I understand how hard it is to make one. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
I just love seeing other females work. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I just remember that pivotal moment when you're a young adult, and you realize that these authority figures are human beings, too, and they're figuring out their lives just as you are, and they're flawed.
I knew I wanted to be creative but didn't know how.
I knew I wanted to make a movie that hadn't really existed in a while in terms of being a teenager.
I like the camera to be still and not very shaky and have everything happen within the frame.
I like the pharmacy makeup. I always get stuck in that aisle... I've always liked looking at it.
I liked to drive around, just playing music for everyone. Music, Chants & Rapps
I love making movies. But it's a lot of investing your heart and soul. It can be exhausting. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
I love my family's films. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Families, Children & Parenting
I love Serge Lutens orange blossom perfume; my mom got it for me. It's my favorite. It just smells clean. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I love so many directors. I love David O. Russell. I love David Fincher, I love Alexander Payne and Jane Campion and my aunt. Spike Jonze. There are just so many amazing directors. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I love to play with the gadgets that come with film. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I love working with other people and bouncing ideas off them. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I never particularly liked it in New York City.
I normally wear jeans and sneakers, but given an occasion, I enjoy dressing up.
I really learned a lot when I worked on my grandpa's film 'Twixt' and got to be with him start to finish and sit next to him every day. That was my film school.
I remember having crushes and longings, but there were all these missed opportunities or things that seemed like such a big deal, but you really don't understand what the other person is going through.
I remember people - not my family - always asking, 'Oh, so are you going to make movies when you're older?' I felt pressured, and that always kind of deterred me. Families, Children & Parenting ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
I studied photography at Bard, but I just felt tired of it. Someone asked me to be in a video but didn't want to be in it, so they told me to make my own, and that seemed more fun to me.
I think my job is hopefully to connect with people emotionally and to feel less alone or understand things in a certain way.
I think there's always this idea in your head, but you have to allow the film to take its own course.
I think what's so great about making your first feature film is that you're so naive in some ways; you don't know what to expect, and you don't question things as much because you're just trying to figure it out as you go.
I think when you do things outside of what you're interested in, you meet people and get ideas to bring in to whatever it is you love doing the most. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I want to learn and challenge myself and grow.
I wanted to be a ballet dancer. I was bad - I'm not very coordinated. But I always wished I could have been a dancer.
I wanted to be a bartender for a bit.
I was always a big James Franco fan.
I was really nervous working with actors, since I come from a photography background.
I watched a lot of movies about teenagers, including 'The Last Picture Show,' 'American Graffiti,' 'Rumblefish.' It's one of my favorite genres. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
I went to a private all-girls school where I didn't feel I fit in.
I went to a private school, and I struggled academically. It was really disheartening to always be considered bad at that.
If I were to save one possession in a fire, it would have to be my dad's camera, an old, broken Nikon. I always keep it with me - his personal things mean a lot. Families, Children & Parenting
If I'm not comfortable, I just look awkward.
I'm a pyro. I love exploding things. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I'm always really impressed when a movie can function like a novel does - that's so hard to do.
I'm Italian, so I need to get someone to wax my eyebrows, but I'm not so good at keeping it up.
I'm not so vocal. I try to get loud, but my voice will just crack or something.
I'm so drawn to photography because you can convey a complex story in a single frame.
I'm so proud to be American.
In California, where you're allowed to drive at 16, you get so much freedom with that. It's a freedom to get outside of your parents' house and to do bad things. Freedom & Liberty
In high school, I didn't always relate to my friends. I was more of a spectator.
In Italy, there are a lot of Coppolas - it's like being called Jones. No one really notices.
It was kind of intimidating to make a feature without that much experience.
It's great because all of my friends from elementary school are still my closest friends.
It's hard for me to articulate myself.
It's hard not to be impressed by my older relatives.
It's tricky to take a book of short stories and turn it into a feature film.
I've always been very comfortable in a set environment. All the collaborating going on, seeing how actors work - it all excites me. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I've been going to the same person for haircuts since I was thirteen.
I've been very surprised by people asking me what my teenage experience was like.
I've only ever taken a playwriting class, but I like creative writing and writing screenplays.
Making a movie is a lot of problem solving.
Most movies use older actors, but I thought, if I could just put kids on camera and get them to be themselves, what could be easier? Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Most people think of Las Vegas, and they think of extravagance. But it's really a mix between fantasy and laziness.
Movies are a collaboration, I feel, so I didn't think of myself as an authoritative figure as much. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
My family and I are so close, it's important to have a close knit relationship and to make time to spend with each other, especially at the holidays. Time ;Families, Children & Parenting
My family get so mad at me when they come over. All I'll have in is milk and eggs. I mainly keep film in my fridge - it's better for it; it stops it from going old. I'm bad at eating healthy; I usually just run across the street and get cheeseburgers. Families, Children & Parenting
My grandpa always tells me that 45-minute lunches are key because an army marches on its stomach.
My grandpa showed me how to build stamina onset behind the scenes on 'Twixt.'
My grandpa told me, 'Learn to love anxiety, because it never goes away in moviemaking.' Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
My mentor in college was Stephen Shore. I loved his color palettes and his taking mundane things but finding them fascinating.
My name does help me get in the door, but it doesn't do the work for me. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
My only vice is 'Keeping up With The Kardashians.' I can't really explain what it is that fascinates me so much, but it just sucks me in.
Now that I'm older, I have a much better appreciation of nature, and I love being alone. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Nature
Once I found these sticker things for your nails - Sally Hansen - those were really fun to do. They're really fun to do when you're bored, and it's better than painting your nails because you don't mess up. It looks really good, very professional. I tried a zebra one that was really pretty, but I always get a little bored of it.
So many of the kids on television have really nice clothes, perfect skin and hair.
The hardest thing on 'Palo Alto' was letting go because I kept working on it, trying to make it better.
The teenage years are such a great subject because everything is heightened and on the surface, and it deals with universal emotions that we face even as we get older.
There is always something I gain from watching a movie, whether it's a silly romantic comedy or an art film. Romantic ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
To a certain extent, I like fashion, but sometimes I just want to be comfortable and don't really care.
Usually when I get nervous and don't know how to prepare for something, I just don't do anything at all, which is not necessarily the best idea.
'Virgin Suicides' was such a big movie to me as a teenage girl. It blew me away.
Visually, I love the setting of suburbia. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
We definitely have to support other female directors because there's not enough of us.
When I graduated, I felt a little burned out on taking pictures after so many years of churning out so many for classes.
When I was a baby, my mom was always bringing me onto set.
When I was younger, I had pink underneath my hair, and I got detention. I went to an all-girls school where you wore a uniform, and pink hair was not OK.
When I went to college, my mum was really sad, so she preserved my bedroom, like a weird time capsule. Time
With my aunt, I definitely can relate to how she makes a movie because she does it with her own demeanor, which isn't this loud presence.
Women need to support women. Women
Working with a great actor is really educational.
You can't host an Italian film festival without Marcello Mastroianni. It just doesn't feel right.