Diablo Cody: I Do Write About Offbeat People

Diablo Cody: I Do Write About Offbeat People

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"I'm not comfortable being the boss, that's what I learned," Diablo Cody says of her directorial debut on the new movie, 'Paradise,' which she also wrote.

"It's really difficult for me to make decisions for people and to be in a position of power," Diablo explains to Steve Edwards and Lisa Breckenridge on Good Day L.A. "I'm used to being a more 'class clown' figure in life.  I was 'the man' here.  It was very strange waking up and being Johnny Law every day."

In response to the question, "How do you tell Russell Brand (who co-stars in "Paradise") what to do?" Diablo answers quickly and with tongue firmly implanted in cheek, "Physical violence."  Then she elaborates, "Actually I never had to tell Russell Brand what to do; he's such an instinctive actor."

In addition to Russell Brand, "Paradise" stars Julianne Hough and a pair of Academy Award winners, Octavia Spencer and Holly Hunter.  The movie opens in theaters on Friday, October 18, and you can also see it at home on Video On Demand.

Fun Facts About Diablo Cody (Source: Wikipedia)

1) She is an American screenwriter, producer and director. She first became known for her candid chronicling of her year as a stripper in her "The Pussy Ranch" blog and in her memoir Candy Girl: A Year in the Life of an Unlikely Stripper (2005). Later, Cody achieved critical acclaim for her debut script Juno (2007), winning awards such as the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, the BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay and the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay.

2) She is also known for showrunning the television series United States of Tara (2009-2011) and for writing and producing the films Jennifer's Body (2009) and Young Adult (2011). For the latter, she received a second nomination for the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay. Her directorial debut, Paradise, is scheduled to open in 2013.

3) At the age of 27, Cody wrote her memoir Candy Girl: A Year in the Life of an Unlikely Stripper. The memoir began after Mason Novick, who would soon become Cody's manager, showed interest in her sharp and sarcastic voice. Based on the popularity "The Pussy Ranch" had received, he was able to secure her a publishing contract with Gotham Books.

Follow Diablo Cody on Twitter: @diablocody

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