[This story contains spoilers for She-Hulk: Attorney at Law episode five, “Mean, Green, and Straight Poured into These Jeans.”]
Strong woman boss Anu Valya He’s directed 22 TV episodes since 2020, which is an impressive feat considering how difficult TV production can be in the age of a pandemic. Three of these episodes include Marvel Studios’ Strong womanAnd Valia, like many people, assumed she knew what the Marvel set would be like. Instead, I discovered that there is far more creative freedom than one might expect from the greatest franchise of all time.
“It was a collaborative and creative experience, and it was probably something I didn’t realize getting into. You think of Marvel as a huge machine, but it really isn’t. Kevin. [Feige] You care a lot, but there was more freedom than I really expected,” says Valia The Hollywood Reporter.
In a recent conversation with THRValia also addresses the baffling way Jane Walters (Tatiana Maslany) has treated her since becoming She-Hulk.
So who gets credit for the Genius title card, She Hulk: By Titania?
I think it’s from [head writer] Jessica Jao. The idea of the whole show is to play with your expectations of what you think the show will be and keep doing it. And so it’s fun to play with title cards this way.
Before getting the job, what did you respond to the most with regards to materials?
When I read the scripts, I was like, “Oh my God, what they’re doing with She-Hulk is really fun.” First of all, the problems Jennifer Walters faces in her daily life are very contemporary and honest. Then add to that, this new identity you didn’t ask for. So I felt very close to her when I read it, and it’s just a very funny show. I was like, “Man, I really want to get involved.” And then just trying to get that job, dear. (Laugh.)
Did you catch a peek behind the curtain at Marvel? Did you get to see their FBI board with all the red strings connecting their many different projects?
(Laugh.) Yes, there are a lot of different things to keep in mind. Once you get there, you get the downloaded stuff for you, and then you learn what you need to know. But they don’t tell you what you don’t need to know. There are a lot of smart minds out there.
Every job has a series of first things, so which ones suit you Strong woman?
Yes, you learn something in every job. This show took a while, and I learned a lot of technical stuff. This was my first time working with a full CGI character as a lead for a show. And only while working on the show did I learn how to balance the tone. I also learned a lot from the actors. It was a collaborative and creative experience, something I probably didn’t realize getting into. You think of Marvel as this huge machine, but it really isn’t. Kevin [Feige] Cares a lot, but there was more freedom than I really expected.
It’s totally crazy to me that She-Hulk dates, like Arthur, haven’t shown interest in Jen Walters herself. I just can’t get over it.
It’s funny that you say that because I thought about it a lot, too. What we explore is very beautiful, which is how much it hurts. It’s not like she cares about this guy [Michel Curiel’s Arthur] That much, but what hurts is the fact that he wouldn’t have liked Jane. And the way Tatiana plays is so beautiful and so real. But I understand what you’re saying. He’s like, “You’re not a fan of Jennifer Walters? She’s sexy!” So I hear you on that. I don’t buy it either. (Laugh.) she is very wonderul. But the gist of what is being explored is like, “Do you like this other side of me, but not both sides? This is me too.” It’s confusing.
Hopefully Matt Murdock doesn’t treat her that way. This does not sound like his style. Does your reckless final tease indicate that you worked with Charlie Cox?
(Laugh.) You don’t want me to answer that, do you? Of course, I’m afraid to answer some of these questions, but I really think the fun of this show will set in next week. So I don’t want to share the things you are going to find out.
Renee Elise Goldsbury was on fire in this episode. This footballer’s streak was funny out loud. Could she feel like she was in the area on the set?
She is a wonderful actress. A lot of her stuff is actually on the cutting room floor, which is a shame because it’s a half-hour comedy; Not everything can work out. But she’s super funny, and she’s just such an all-star actress. I love her.
Since 2020, you have directed 22 TV episodes, and 20 of your episodes have aired since 2020. How did you manage to do that in such a time?
I don’t know! (Laugh.) On a show like this, I’m a guest director. The directors, producers and other creators lay the foundation, and I hope to be able to attend and be added and find my personal connection to the story, which I have often done Strong woman. I hope what I give will be received. I’ve been very fortunate to work on shows where I feel very close to the main character, story, or bigger themes. So I am really very lucky. Who knows, maybe the work will fly, so I have to take it while I can get it. (Laugh.)
Given your previous collaboration with Sarah Goldberg, why didn’t you direct him Barry Until now? I directed everything else, so who do we blame for this?
Oh God, I love to face BarryBut listen, Bill Hader does it all, baby. (Laugh.) Does not need another manager.
Strong woman It is now broadcasting on Disney+. This interview has been edited for length and clarity.