Five Things with Lynn Hirschberg
By W Magazine
Hollywood's brightest sit down with W Magazine's Editor-at-Large, Lynn Hirschberg, to talk about "Five Things" that have made them who they are: a person, a place, an object, one positive event, and one negative event.
Episode 10: Quentin Tarantino
In a special bonus episode of 5 Things, Oscar award winning director Quentin Tarantino speaks candidly with W Magazine's editor at large, Lynn Hirschberg, about the novelization of his 2019 film, Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood.
October 13, 2021
Episode 9: Phoebe Bridgers
Grammy nominated singer songwriter Phoebe Bridgers speaks candidly with W Magazine’s editor at large, Lynn Hirschberg, about her mother's comedy career, crashing her car, the guitar she smashed on SNL, the tour she almost went on with Ryan Adams, and pure joy of making music with Boy Genius.
May 26, 2021
Episode 8: Rashida Jones
Emmy nominated actress and writer, Rashida Jones, speaks candidly with W Magazine's editor at large Lynn Hirschberg about her father, the beauty of Los Angeles, the paintings her grandmother made, how tinnitus has changed the way she sees the world, and her never ending love of dance.
May 19, 2021
Episode 7: Sofia Coppola
Oscar award winning director Sofia Coppola speaks candidly with W Magazine’s editor at large Lynn Hirschberg about her photography teacher Paul Jasmin, growing up in Napa, an inspiring telegram, her valiant attempt to direct The Little Mermaid, and marrying her husband Thomas Mars.
April 29, 2021
Episode 6: Riz Ahmed
Oscar-nominated actor Riz Ahmed speaks candidly with W Magazine’s editor at large, Lynn Hirschberg, about his older brother, the city of London, the drum sticks he used while acting in The Sound of Metal, studying at Oxford, and finding out that The Sound of Metal received 6 Oscar nominations.
April 23, 2021
Episode 5: Aaron Sorkin Part 2
In Part 2 of his podcast episode, Oscar-award-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin speaks candidly with W Magazine’s editor at large, Lynn Hirschberg, about addiction, the birth of his daughter, and giving up acting to become a writer.
April 19, 2021
Episode 4: Aaron Sorkin Part 1
In Part 1 of his podcast episode, Oscar-award-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin speaks candidly with W Magazine’s editor at large, Lynn Hirschberg, about his father, New York City, Scarsdale, and a photograph that left a major impression on him.
April 16, 2021
Episode 3: Emerald Fennell
Oscar-nominated director Emerald Fennell speaks candidly with W Magazine’s editor at large, Lynn Hirschberg, about her lifelong best friend, the house she grew up in Herefordshire England, shopping, a strange encounter with a "psychic," and marrying her husband.
April 15, 2021
Episode 2: Lee Daniels
Oscar-nominated director Lee Daniels speaks candidly with W Magazine’s editor at large, Lynn Hirschberg, about the process behind making his 2012 Paperboy, the magic of Jewel's Catch One in Los Angeles, and becoming the first same-sex couple alongside Billy Hopkins to adopt children in Pennsylvania.
April 13, 2021
Episode 1: Andra Day
Grammy and Oscar nominated star Andra Day speaks candidly with W Magazine’s editor at large, Lynn Hirschberg, about wishing she had stage parents, losing her cherished cross necklace, auditioning for The United States Vs. Billie Holiday, and her beloved niece and nephew in the latest episode of W Magazine’s podcast, 5 Things with Lynn Hirschberg.
April 09, 2021
Episode 9: Quentin Tarantino Part 2
In part 2 of Lynn’s conversation with Quentin Tarantino, the filmmaker reflects on his first experience at the Sundance Film Festival in 1991, when Reservoir Dogs premiered and, as he puts it, there was “an explosion of American independent cinema.” He also goes through every single film he saw in theaters in 1979—including The Deer Hunter, which he went to see six times.
February 05, 2020
Episode 8: Quentin Tarantino Part 1
In Part 1 of Lynn’s interview with Quentin Tarantino, the filmmaker covers everything from his decades-long admiration of the late New Yorker film critic Pauline Kael to how he rejects the characterization of Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood as a “love letter” to Los Angeles. He goes deep on the process of writing his first script, True Romance, with Roger Avary, and recalls his early attempts at screenwriting (he never made it past page 30). Tarantino says that, when he was younger, going after his dream of making movies felt almost non negotiable: “Everything else was just so depressing by comparison that I had no choice but to live my dream. It was the only outlet I had."
January 29, 2020
Episode 7: Charlize Theron
Charlize Theron opens up about family, her childhood in South Africa, and the people who helped her break into Hollywood. The Bombshell actress tells Lynn about JJ Harris, her late mentor, and speaks candidly about how therapy helped her balance her relationship with her home country and its traumatic history. She also shares a story of an unruly camel on her first modeling job in Morocco, confesses her love for Temptation Island and The Bachelor, and reflects on the enduring importance of one of her most vulnerable roles.
January 22, 2020
Episode 6: Saoirse Ronan
Saoirse Ronan sits down with Lynn Hirschberg to discuss pivotal moments in her life, ranging from early memories to professional milestones. The actress talks about working with filmmaker Greta Gerwig (whom she first met via Skype) on 2019's Little Women. She also highlights her favorite place in the world (the “heaven” that is New Zealand), gets into her love of the movie Dirty Dancing, and recalls how, when it came to dressing up when she was younger, she was more of a Tai than a Cher.
January 15, 2020
Episode 5: Greta Gerwig
Greta Gerwig sits down with Lynn Hirschberg to discuss the process of adapting Little Women into her latest film, her relationship with her partner Noah Baumbach, and how getting “completely rejected by the world of academic art-making” pushed her to seek a broader education that ultimately brought her to where she is today. Gerwig tells Hirschberg about her love for Big Sur—a place that felt like “Brigadoon” to her while growing up—and how the day after attending the Academy Awards for Lady Bird, she packed up and retreated to a cabin in the woods to write. She also gets into the complex dynamics between the March sisters, the strangest part about making movies, and how she has a running list of future project ideas in the double digits.
January 08, 2020
Episode 4: Noah Baumbach
Marriage Story director Noah Baumbach sits down with Hirschberg to discuss the films that impacted him the most as a child, his deep connection with Brooklyn, collaborating with his partner Greta Gerwig and the most difficult time in his professional career. Baumbach also talks about how the 1978 version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers still comes up in therapy sessions and how, even though people rarely ask him about the autobiographical aspect of Francis Ha, there’s a line in the film that encapsulates how he felt in his late 20s.
January 01, 2020
Episode 3: Nicole Kidman
Nicole Kidman sits down with Lynn Hirschberg to discuss everything from her early family life (including the fact that she was born in Hawaii) to how she met her husband, Keith Urban, at a get together in California for Australian-Americans called "G'Day L.A." (In fact, she and Urban had their picture taken together when they were first introduced—Kidman says they both look liked "stunned mullets.") The actress also shares deeply personal details about how she processes emotions, and how life, including childbirth, major shifts, and losses have fully informed her craft. She recalls her father's humble nature—including the fact that he refused to fly business class, even when Kidman offered—and, ultimately, concludes that her main inspiration is to "give, give, give artistically."
December 25, 2019
Episode 2: Awkwafina
Awkwafina—the viral comedian-turned-actress—sits down with Lynn Hirschberg to talk about her role in The Farewell, the responsibility she feels when it comes to Asian representation in Hollywood, and growing up in Queens. She recalls the unconventional audition song she chose to play (on the trumpet, no less) when applying to Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School (the performing arts school made famous by the film Fame). She also discusses how releasing her YouTube Hit “My Vag” was the scariest thing she’d ever done. It may have cost her a job at the time, but she describes the “full circle moment” she experienced on the set of Oceans 8, when filming on location in front of her former office. She also admits that, according to her grandmother, “My Vag” is the best thing she’s ever created.
December 18, 2019
Episode 1: Margot Robbie
Margot Robbie speaks candidly with Lynn Hirschberg about growing up on Australia’s Gold Coast and the people, places, and things that mean the most to her. The actress also talks about being blown away by the power of her costars Nicole Kidman and Charlize Theron on the set of Bombshell, and reflects on working with Quentin Tarantino on the set of Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood, in which she got to briefly reprise her role as a Pan Am flight attendant in addition to playing Sharon Tate. One of the highlights of her life, Robbie says, was being asked to join Frances McDormand on the Oscars stage during her acceptance speech.
December 11, 2019
Season 1 Trailer
For the premiere season of W Magazine's Five Things, Lynn Hirschberg sits down with Margot Robbie, Awkwafina, Nicole Kidman, Noah Baumbach, Greta Gerwig, Saoirse Ronan, Charlize Theron, and Quentin Tarantino to discuss "five things" that have made them who they are. Subscribe to be the first to hear each new episode.
December 02, 2019