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She-Hulk Head Writer Jessica Gao Talks Cameos, The Show’s Biggest Stars, And Feminism

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Any woman watching the series will identify with scenes such as women helping each other in the bathroom, the mansplaining parts, and the struggles to advance your career and make your voice heard in male-dominated fields. Was it at all cathartic for you to write those scenes? Were there moments when the women in the cast or on the creative side were telling their own stories or thinking about how those scenes might play out?

Absolutely. Every writer’s room I’ve been to is the result of each sifting through each other’s lives for content. We share our personal experiences. We share stories. We share things that happened to us. We especially like to dig up the craziest moments of our lives. We turn that into content for the show. I really think people become comedy writers because it’s a way of doing therapy where we get paid to do it instead of the other way around. This is how we deal with our drama.

Also, it was wonderful that there were so many different women working on this show at every part of the creative process. What’s important is that the portrayal behind the camera matches the portrayal in front of the camera, and also that there are so many different women because everyone has different life experiences and different perspectives. Having so many different points of view creates a more complete picture of femininity and you get a lot of nuance because women are not a monolith. We cannot expect one or two women to represent half of the world’s population.

The first episode of “She-Hulk” will air Thursday, August 18 on Disney+, with new episodes airing weekly.

This interview has been edited for clarity.



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