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Elle.com x Gia Coppola Interview

December 7, 2015

 

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There have been online art galleries for a while, but it seems like only recently, places like The Outnet and The Real Real have begun selling both. Do you think shopping for clothes and shopping for art is similar enough that it can work?

Yes, absolutely, and especially now. It seems like this new thing that's happening, and it seems like girls have really been on the cusp of it. It also seems like a great way to share younger artists' work online, because they don't need a gallery. 

Is that how you and your friends are buying art?

I think a lot of us find new work on Instagram, actually. I definitely do, and that's how I set up a lot of my trades.

Your trades?

Yeah, if you're an artist and you find an artist you like, it's really fun to trade work! I just made a trade with Lucien Smith. And I like how on Instagram, or even I guess online, you can connect with people who don't even necessarily call themselves artists, and make their photos into a print.

But on Instagram, you can also rip off someone else's photos very easily. Does that worry you?

It's a double-edged sword, definitely. I'm very inspired by what I see online, and it's very flattering when people leave positive comments or even repost my work. The problem comes when people repost my work as their own, without any credit, and it's just a big lie! But you can't get mad at it. 

God by Gia Coppola

So you're not leaving comments being like, "Nice try, I made that…"

You definitely don't leave a comment—just let it go. But at the same time, it's something I'm grappling with. How do you claim your work as your own?

How do you?

It's hard, especially because I think it's fascinating…I find it flattering if you share a picture I've taken on your feed. In this day and age especially, it's very hard to get any sort of work seen, so when you get any kind of opportunity to show—and with The Outnet, to sell, which is an even bigger deal—you want to take it. But please don't say, "I took this photo" if you didn't. It's rude. And it's weird. Don't be that weird lying person.

As a film director, you're often the boss at work—even though your "employees" like Emma Roberts and Carly Rae Jepsen are also your friends. How do you make that power dynamic work?

No, you can't see it like that. You can't be like, "I'm the boss and do what I say." That just doesn't work! My friends inspire me, and we go into [film shoots] feeling like we're lucky to have opportunities to work together. You know, I've never had a disagreement on set with any of my friends, because we've created a comfortable environment to say, "Hey, I don't feel comfortable about this." But you can't just say "no" to a suggestion on-set. You have to say, "What if instead, we do this?" And that's how you come to awesome happy mediums, and those places are the fun part.  

So "no" is a forbidden word when you're working?

There's nothing wrong with saying no as long as you're being open and honest about your reason, instead of just being closed-minded. Right? I mean, I don't know how it is with your projects, but I think that's what works for us.

It's a good rule.

When you find people who have similar taste as you, it makes collaborating kind of effortless. So, you know, when people are trying to make movies and they ask, "Where do you start?" I tell them, "You start by finding your people," and by that I mean, people who share your aesthetic. 

I read somewhere that you had a beer pong rosé tournament?

Oh god! Yeah. That happened. It was a while ago. It was bad.

Was it at least Sofia Rosé from your family vineyard? That's my favorite.

Is it?! It was Sofia rosé! It wasn't organized like a tournament, though. This was us being young and breaking into our parents' alcohol cabinet and making a mess. 

So beer pong with wine is a bad idea?

It's not that I wouldn't recommend it. It's just that you have to know your limits veryclearly. Which we didn't! 

Your Instagram shot with Jared Leto is kind of amazing. Do you share the same hair guru now?

I wish! That was a total fluke. The first time I met Jared, we both had long, brown, wavy hair. The second time I saw him, we both had pink hair. But his hair is pretty fancy. I dyed my hair myself. I was in Vancouver working. I was bored in my hotel room. I started playing around with bleach. But that damages your hair a lot, and the color fades, so now for the first time in my life, I'm platinum blonde.

As a blonde, do you notice people treating you differently?

People I know, yeah, because often they don't recognize me. Meanwhile, I forget that I changed my hair and look different. So I say "hi" to someone and they stare at me, like, "Who are you?" It's very awkward! 

Interview by Faran Krentcil

 

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