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Greta Gerwig: 'I'm really interested in friendships among women'

There are actresses who raise hell about sexism in Hollywood, and there are, increasingly, actresses who do something about it. Greta Gerwig is a bit of both part of a generation of college-educated women (Amy Schumer, Zoe Kazan, Rashida Jones, Brit Marling) who have addressed the dearth of good roles for women by writing good roles for themselves. Gerwig's a DIY-generation star who co-wrote (with director Noah Baumbach) and starred in the coming-of-age comedy "Frances Ha," and has now co-written (also with boyfriend Baumbach) "Mistress America." It's worth noting that both movies are defined by female friendships "Frances Ha" about a platonic...