Diablo Cody has proven herself as one of the most sought-after female screenwriters working in Hollywood today. The one-time stripper has said, “Stripping toughened my hide, but exposing myself as a writer has been a lot more brutal.” A columnist, blogger, author, and screenwriter, Diablo (which is her pen name) is responsible for such off-beat hits as Juno, Young Adult, and The United States of Tara, which she created.
The attitude toward women in this industry is nauseating. There are all sorts of porcine executives who are uncomfortable with a woman doing anything subversive. They want the movie about the beautiful girl who trips and falls, the adorable klutz.
I’ve been told that I’m incompetent, socially retarded, maladjusted. I still know that I couldn’t function in reality. Los Angeles is a good place for me.
I have never been an ambitious person, and my participation in this industry is a fluke, but only male writers can afford to be coy and self-deprecating.