Leslye Headland is the outrageously talented writer & director of the recent movie Bachelorette - it’s dark, raucous, slutty, hilarious, it’s polarizing peeps all over, i loved it. And as i said in my previous post about the film, Leslye DOES have a super-prominent Lilith – Lilith conjunct Pluto in late Libra. But as it happens, her astro of late has been all about Saturn….
Mystic: Bachelorette is full on...extremely funny but raunchy and i am gathering, confronting for many peeps. Did you have to fight real hard to get this made as it was?
Leslye: It was more that I had to be patient. I wrote the script in 2008 and no one wanted to make it as it was. I was told by everyone to rewrite the script especially Regan’s character* – in order to get it made. Luckily I waited it out until I met up with the right producers (Gary Sanchez Productions). Adam McKay, Will Ferrell and Jessica Elbaum protected the integrity of the script, helped attach all those perfect actors, and hooked me up with financiers and distributors who felt the same way they did. I am so grateful that I didn’t compromise in order to get it made earlier.
(*Mystic: Regan – played by Kirsten Dunst – is the most brilliant cinematic depiction of a Virgo on Space Dust with Sagg undertones, i’ve ever seen.)
Mystic: You are, as you know, a Saggo – sign of the radically candid bigmouth, telling it like it is AND your Saggo Sun is conjunct Eros – sort of a sexy asteroid – so given that Bachelorette is amazingly sexually frank, i would say you’re doing your astro really well…Were you this outspoken from the get-go or did you sort of grow into it? Can you recall an early incident in which you realised you might be more, you know, brazen than other peeps?
Leslye: Not really a particular incident but I remember, when I was little, adults would sometimes react to me very antagonistically. They got angry at me the way they’d get angry at a grown-up. My intentions were not to offend or to be disrespectful but my out-spoken and high-energy attitude turned them off. I was hurt and saw it as unfair. I feel the same way now with some of the reactions to the film. It was never my intention to recklessly offend people. I just wanted to tell my truth.
Mystic: Backing this is up is Mercury in Scorpio on asteroid Pandora and innovative Uranus – so you were BORN to say whatever you damn well want and of course, without being perhaps an overtly political animal, there is a revolutionary aspect to you…have you always felt this?
Leslye: Well yes! Especially that I am critical of social and moral issues without actually being political. Don’t ask my stance on any political issue (however basic) because I guarantee I don’t have one. But if you ask why teenaged girls are watching porn? Carve out at least forty minutes. Revolutionary though? Hmm… Hopefully? I’ve always identified from a young age with Jane Austen. Another female Saggo writer. To me she was a revolutionary satirist of women and her society’s opinion of them but structurally and emotionally she was a crowd-pleaser. Her work moves gracefully between cynicism and optimism. I wanted to do the exact same thing with my film.
No one would probably make that connection between her and I. But I feel a direct kinship with her. I love that she rejected marriage in life but was continually drawn to it as a theme. I remember reading that she created the character “Emma” because she wanted to write a protagonist that only she could love. I feel similarly about the Bachelorette girls. Austen never let her heroines off the hook but also didn’t punish them. She managed to give them a happy ending.
Mystic: You’ve also got a really loaded $$$ sector – you’ve got a lot of psych stuff going on around money & the ability to generate it like stink – YOU WILL BE RICH! – but Saturn there means you could, at some point, have had probs feeling like you deserved it…or even actual money issues…Do you have a particular money or work ethic that has propelled you forth? Did you always have a plan to make it via writing/your words/creativity?
Leslye: Yes! I am a tireless worker. Whether as an assistant or as a writer/director. I never stop. Many times sacrificing basic self-care in order to achieve a goal or get a paycheck. It’s an asset I suppose, but it can also be a hindrance. For example, I didn’t pursue writing full time for awhile even though it was my passion because I was afraid I would be unable to make a living doing it. Saturn there makes sense as well because despite all this ambition and desire for security I don’t actually value money (i.e. mismanaging the bank account; overspending both charitable and thoughtless; unimpressed by wealth).
Mystic: You’ve got Virgo Rising…Are you super organized and diligent behind your anarchic vibe?
Leslye: Yes. There is a method to the madness but it is madness. Organized on the cerebral level but disorganized on an emotional level. As a result, I go through long periods (weeks/months) of diligent work, focusing my attention, generating material, suppressing instincts. Then short (hours/days) and sometimes dangerous explosions of emotional tumult. So…
Mystic: You left a full job (as assistant to Harvey Weinstein) when you were 27 to move to L.A and fling yourself into writing, yes? This was when Saturn was on your Virgo Ascendant & then your Saturn Return, so challenging but also the making of you…Did you feel some urgency about making it, defining yourself…Saturn on your Virgo Ascendant would have felt like you were suddenly a 1000 years old & that there was extreme urgency to get it
happening…You technically took a big risk and of course it totally paid off…Thoughts?
Leslye: Lizzy Caplan, one of the first times we met, told me about the Saturn Return phenom. So in hindsight, I realized I made this huge life transition (assistant to writer, NY to LA) at exactly that time in my life. That period was also when I had a defining creative moment embarking on my Seven Deadly Plays series. An idea that felt almost divinely inspired and has continued to bring many gifts into my life now. So the fact that it occurred during this period makes a lot of sense.
Mystic: You’ve got Moon in Leo in the Soul Sector– do you have a secret obsessive hair thing going on and/or radically intense mini-series type dreams?
Leslye: Whoa. Yes. I am obsessed with my hair. I spend an insane amount of money on it. Not in a vain way. In an obsessive controlling expressive way. Styling it. Dying it. Shaving off a section of it. Keeping it Godiva long. My hairstyle right now is like an art piece. It’s literally a MANE. I can’t tell if it’s attractive or just bizarre.
Mystic: Last question: what does your private life look like these days…??? You’ve got Saturn on your Venus till August – that is a once every 29 years only BIG LOVE – significant, enduring, karmic – sort of attachment…
Leslye: That is good to hear because my love life has been (incoming pun) BONE dry for almost a year now. Not being coy. Just real.