Jill Soloway on Feminism, Hollywood, and 'I Love Dick'

With 'I Love Dick,' Soloway eschews conventional expectations for how women should appear on screen (read: likable, sexy) to tell a story in which a woman is, in her words, “the subject, not the object.”
Kathryn Hahn, right, becomes obsessed with Kevin Bacon in Soloway's new series, I Love Dick.
05-19-Interview_JillSolloway2 Source: Amazon Prime

Jill Soloway laughs at the bravado she displayed during her early-career pitch meetings with Hollywood television executives. “I used to walk in and tell them, ‘I want to do something no one has ever done before, and I want to change the world,’” she says. She soon learned that the writers who actually get their shows produced do so by promising to earn studios lots of money, so she toned down her revolutionary spiel. But now, after the runaway, Emmy-winning success of Transparent—an on-demand Amazon series that launched in 2014 and is loosely based on Soloway’s own parent coming out as a transgender woman—Soloway is back to rabble-rousing. With Topple, the production company she founded in 2016, this writer-director-producer aspires to achieve nothing less than to “topple the patriarchy.”

While walking around the Silver Lake reservoir, Soloway concedes that her goal to disrupt white male hegemony may be a

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from Newsweek

Newsweek5 min readSociety
HBO's 'The Sentence' Reveals Broken Justice System
Through one woman's story, the HBO documentary shows the ramifications of a Reagan-era policy Jeff Sessions hopes to continue
Newsweek4 min readSociety
Journalist's Fearless Investigation of Mexico Massacre
Journalist Anabel Hernández has been investigating collusion between government officials and drug cartels, as well as the illicit drug trade and abuse of power, for Mexico’s biggest publications for more than two decades.
Newsweek4 min read
'Night of the Living Dead' Still Terrifying Audiences
The simple horror of 'Night of the Living Dead' is the realization that society has gone dreadfully wrong, as frightening a concept now as it was in 1968.