Richard LaGravenese: You have a majority of female writers…
Matt Weiner: Yeah, I don’t keep track of that.
RG: It just happened that way.
MW: I don’t even know what to tell you… it’s funny because when I met the publicist from AMC originally she [said] “You are such a macho little shit.” And I was like, “I’m macho?! Finally!” I was raised by a very powerful woman; I can’t tell the difference… I was raised in a very liberal environment; I was raised where feminism was the most exciting idea in college.
I read blind. I hate almost everything, male and female. I hired Dahvi Waller and Marti Noxon – I thought they were dudes. Not when I met them but when I read their names… It’s one of the things that irritates me about the society as a whole. We have this predisposition, as gender becomes more and more complex, not that it hasn’t always been complex, but as it is defined in a more complex way, legally, socially, psychologically; I just never paid attention to it. You can be a trans whatever and write for an African American whatever.
I am not only interested in stories with main characters that are George Costanza – I know I look like him, I have the same personality, but I’m interested in other stories. The idea that young women like a show about young women – there is some truth to that, especially if it’s an ignored segment and certainly you like to see people who look like you on TV; it’s a crime to not have people that look like everyone. But I just picked the people I liked. I can tell you right now that sexism is very common, I’m not going to act like it’s not.
MW: Oh, please. You know how many emails I get? “We’re looking for our female writer.”
RG: As if it’s a diversity [thing].
MW: Yeah, it is a diversity thing. “We’re either going to have a black person or a female. Maybe we could knock them off two at a time, I don’t know.” It’s so stupid.