Shonda Rhimes has been one of television’s hottest talents for more than a decade — as the brains behind Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, Scandal and How To Get Away With Murder — and she shows no signs of stopping. Netflix recently announced a multi-year development deal with Rhimes. In a new interview with Business Insider, she talked about work-life balance (or lack thereof) and the need for diversity on television (even though she hates the word).
Rhimes said she agrees with what Nicole Kidman said in her Emmy speech — that it’s incredibly hard to be a working mother and there really is “no such thing as balance.”
“If you are a working mother you are often not there as much as you’d like to be. I said this once somewhere, that if I’m standing on set watching some amazing thing being shot, then I am missing my daughter’s science fair. Or if I’m at my daughter’s dance recital, then I miss Sandra Oh’s very last day, and very last scene being shot on Grey’s Anatomy,” she said. “I’ve always said if I’m winning at one thing, I’m failing at another. And a lot of people say, “failure?” And I say, “yes!” I like to call it failure because it makes me feel better.”
After being asked about diversity on television, Rhimes claimed she never “sought out” putting a group of diverse people on screen, but “was just about writing people I wanted to watch, and writing people who felt like the people I knew.” She added that telling more diverse stories starts in the writers room. “You have to have more people who don’t look like you in the writers room. I try to have some people who don’t look like me in my writers room. I think it’s important to have a group of voices, of people who can dissent.”
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