Written By February/March 2011 : Page 35

Written by Lisa Rosen POrtrAit by JiLLy WendeLL Rites Stuart Blumberg and Lisa Cholodenko enjoy child’s play with The Kids Are All Right. on the defensive, but she confesses now that it also resonated because it was what she’d been grappling with herself. “How do I push be-yond where I am? I want a bigger audience, I want to reach further, I want to expand on what I’m doing, and I’m not sure what that looks like, or how to get there.” But to Blumberg she replied, cockily, that he should do the opposite: Go further inward— advice that happened to coincide with what Blumberg had been telling himself. “I’ve al-ways tried to make as personal a film as I can in the studio system, but there’s only so far you can go with that,” he says. Point taken, he changed the subject and asked Cholodenko what she was working on. She told him about her new script, its lesbian couple and a sperm donor. Then she spoke about her own con-current efforts to start a family with her partner. Blumberg had been a sperm donor in college, he told her, and had always wondered what would happen if one of his donor kids, whom he very well might have, tried to find him. Then and there, they decid-ed to write The Kids Are All Right together. FEBRUARY/MARCH 2011 WGA W Written By • 35

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