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Anja Marquardt on Keeping Grounded Naturalistic Performances in ‘The Girlfriend Experience’

Anja Marquardt on Keeping Grounded Naturalistic Performances in ‘The Girlfriend Experience’

BGN interviews writer/director Anja Marquardt for the Starz series The Girlfriend Experience.

STARZ Limited series The Girlfriend Experience is a reimagining of Steven Soderbergh’s 2009 critically acclaimed movie of the same name and explores the relationships between exclusive escorts and their clients, for whom they provide far more than just sex. Known as GFEs, they are women who provide “The Girlfriend Experience” — emotional and sexual relationships at a very high price.

The third installment of the anthology series is set amidst the London tech scene. Iris, a neuroscience major begins to explore the transactional world of The Girlfriend Experience, only to find herself deep inside the uncanny valley with the relationships she creates. Iris quickly learns that her client sessions provide her with a compelling edge in the tech world and vice versa. She then begins to question whether her actions are driven by free will, or something else together and heads down a deep path of exploration. Julia Goldani Telles (“The Affair”) takes the lead as Iris in this season. Award-winning film-maker Anja Marquardt (She’s Lost Control) writes and directs this season with Oscar® and Emmy®-winner Steven Soderbergh (Ocean’s ElevenMagic Mike, “The Knick”) and Philip Fleishman serving as executive producers.

Interviewer: Jeandra LeBeauf

Video Editor: Jamie Broadnax

The Girlfriend Experience premieres May 2nd on Starz.

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