Words matter. These are the best Jenji Kohan Quotes, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.
I’m from the creative side of Hollywood. I’m up for anyone that wants to support my work. If you have eyeballs and give me a budget and are nice to me, I’m in.
My ex-boyfriend said, ‘You have a better chance of getting elected to Congress than getting on the staff of a television show.’ Which was the perfect thing for him to say, because my entire career is, ‘Well, screw you.’ And we broke up.
I don’t set out to write female lead shows, necessarily. I like deeply flawed characters. When they come to me, or when I’m introduced to them, I follow the stories and the people, rather than setting out to do a female lead thing.
Mainly, I’m doing my thing, and I hope people like it. I don’t say, ‘I’m going to write something radical and hope it reverberates throughout society.’ The goal is to write a solid, entertaining, engaging show.
What offends me more than something sexist is something poorly written or unfunny or cliched.
I’m not a public figure; I shouldn’t have to be held to a certain standard of beauty.
It can go two ways with girls: They either bond or eat each other alive.
In my head I’m a rapper, but I’m not!
I’m a huge Ira Glass fan; I’m a huge fan of radio in general.
Home is where your family is. Wherever you are, it’s about the people you’re surrounded by, not necessarily where you lay your head.
I think shows that are completely dramatic are a lie. People use humor to cope. That is how we deal with things. In the darkest situations, there’s humor. And if you don’t show that, you’re not being true to real life.
Personally, I like to yearn a little and long for the next episode. On the other hand, I’m also a glutton. My kids love to dive in and eat whole series at once.
I remember one of my writers on ‘Weeds’ got a new apartment and didn’t get cable or a dish. He just hooked his computer up to the TV. I was like, ‘This is it. This is how it’s happening.’
I’m never going to look like a Nordic model, so I play with what I’ve got. Instead of going gray, I dye my hair bright colors; I have bad vision, so I wear sparkly glasses. I embrace that I look like a crazy lady.
We still have this prudish, puritanical culture, but we also have so little exposure to a diversity of bodies. Bodies are beautiful and great and compelling.
By nature, I sit alone in a room and type… My goal was never celebrity.
I think great writers should write great shows, and I have trouble with, like, what you are in life shouldn’t automatically make you what you do in your art. It doesn’t necessarily translate.
I believe in the power of media. I really do. It’s my soapbox. And I do have an agenda, because I’m enraged by the limitations forced on people – by poverty, oppression, hatred, fear – and I’m saddened by the kind of loss we all experienced due to the contributions that people cannot make because of their circumstances.
‘Be nice’ is my family’s basic rule but one that often goes unfollowed in Hollywood. There’s always a moment when you can choose between being snarky and being kind. I opt for the latter – it’s much less exhausting!
There’s more to us than the moment we made a bad decision.
For a lot of people, film is still the dream – the captive audience in the darkened theater – but I love TV. I think it’s fantastic.
I was broke when I lived in New York City during college, so I’d spend weekends walking around town, grabbing something to eat, and interacting with strangers. That ritual has stuck with me.