Phoebe Waller-Bridge tells Vogue she'll address political themes

Fleabag’s Phoebe Waller-Bridge graces the cover of US Vogue for the first time: Star reveals she’ll address ‘bigger global political themes’ in her future works

Fleabag writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge has said she is planning on ‘scaling up her work’ when it comes to the subject of taboos and politics. 

Gracing the cover of US Vogue for the first time, the star, 34, said: ‘I feel like I might scale up a bit. I’ll scale up in terms of gradually getting bigger with my themes and stuff, and I feel maybe I want to start thinking more politically, more globally.

‘I don’t know, but I can feel something bubbling.’ 

 ‘I’m going to scale it up’: Fleabag’s Phoebe Waller-Bridge told Vogue she’ll address ‘bigger global political themes’ in her future works 

While posing for an incredible shoot, she discussed breaking taboos and said: ‘If you rant and rave, if you try and make a noise, you’ll be labeled noisy. You have to be careful of that’

On what taboos are ‘calling her name,’ she discussed what sort of thing she would like to do next.

‘Just about the abortion laws, the kind of stuff you can’t get your head around. 

‘The fact that the world has gone backward in this way, and actually in some frightening sense, in so many ways, women have a louder voice, are more empowered these days, and then in these other really insidious ways, blatant ways, we’re being marginalized again. 

Adding: ‘You have to find ways to protest. I’d really like to write something about that. I don’t know what it is yet. Sometimes you feel it’s braver to say something outrageous, and it’s not always. Sometimes it’s braver to say the vulnerable thing’

 An iconic moment: Phoebe looks incredible as she graces the front cover of US Vogue

‘How do you fight that? Because if you rant and rave, if you try and make a noise, you’ll be labeled noisy. You have to be careful of that. 

‘You have to find ways to protest. I’d really like to write something about that. I don’t know what it is yet. Sometimes you feel it’s braver to say something outrageous, and it’s not always. Sometimes it’s braver to say the vulnerable thing.’ 

Phoebe also talked about not wanting to do a second season of Fleabag. 

Iconic: Phoebe Waller-Bridge in her acclaimed role as Fleabag

She said: ‘It’s so hard because you change. You’re trying to write authentically all the time. You have to write that change, and coming into the second season, it was like, you have to, you know, inverted commas, “give the people what they want”.’

Co-star and longtime friend Andrew Scott also spoke about Waller-Bridge during the piece. 

He said: ‘People describe Phoebe as really cool, but, I don’t know, I feel that she’s not cool. Cool suggests detached and indifferent, and I think she’s actually the opposite of that, a boundless enthusiast for life.’ 

And talking about her inspirations, Phoebe concluded: ‘I get asked who inspired me as writers, and I realized I’d always been slightly embarrassed to admit it, because it seems so obvious, but, like, the Greek plays! Sophocles, Euripides, Shakespeare—all the ones you think you can’t say because they’re great. I’m now owning that.’ 

Vogue’s December 2019 issue is available on newsstands in NY/LA November 12, and nationwide November 19. 

She said her writing is inspired by the likes of Greek plays! Sophocles, Euripides, Shakespeare’

 

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