“Fleabag” star Phoebe Waller-Bridge covers the December 2019 issue of Vogue magazine photographed by Ethan James Green and styled by fashion editor Tonne Goodman.
On what taboos are “calling her name,” and what she wants 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. 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.”
“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.”
On not wanting to do a second season of Fleabag:
“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 on Waller-Bridge:
“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.”
On her inspirations:
“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 12th, and nationwide November 19th.
Cover: Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello Dress | Dries Van Noten Ring | Nikos Koulis Bracelet
Inside 1: Balenciaga Dress | Cartier Ring
Inside 2: Dries Van Noten Top, Skirt, Jeans, and Boots
Inside 3: Alexander McQueen Jacket, Dress, and Shoes | A La Vieille Russie Earring
Inside 4: Christopher Kane Jacket and Dress | A La Vieille Russie Bracelet | Polo Ralph Lauren Tote Bag
[Photo Credit: Ethan James Green/Vogue Magazine]
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