Trainwreck director Judd Apatow: It’s ridiculous how rarely we give female directors big opportunities

We caught up with Trainwreck director Apatow and star Bill Hader to talk female roles in Hollywood - and playing basketball with professional LeBron James

Amy Schumer’s new film Trainwreck is the latest female-centric projects Judd Apatow has helped bring to fruition. We caught up with the award-winning director and Schumer’s co-star Bill Hader ahead of the film’s UK release this weekend.


Apatow hopes Hollywood is at a tipping point. “I’m sure it’s more gradual than it should be but there are so many women who are amazing and brilliant and should be able to write and direct and star in movies about women or movies about whatever they want them to be about.” 

“There’s certainly a gigantic market for it. There’s no reason why we shouldn’t have loads of movie likes that,” he continued. “There are a lot of great female directors. We meet a lot of great female directors when we are working on the TV show Girls. Those people are out there. Somebody just has to make the choice to say, ‘It’s ridiculous how rarely we give female directors these large opportunities.'”

Watch the full interview with Apatow and Hader below:


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