Sign up here to get it nightly. Read the press surrounding Diablo Cody from , the year she won, at the age of 29, an Oscar for her screenplay for Juno, and you might imagine a hard-living, hard-charging, rockabilly sexpot with a penchant for wordplay. The wordplay part is true — though she keeps it out of her scripts these days — but as for the rest, Brook Maurio, the real person behind the name, is not much like the persona she used to storm the gates of Hollywood a decade ago. This split personality is both convenient and, perhaps, necessary. Most recently, she has penned the libretto to an Alanis Morissette musical , Jagged Little Pill , which started previews on Broadway this month. Along the way, the internet seems to have finally come around on Cody.
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There are so few good roles for women out there and I give them an opportunity to do a different kind of character" — which means writing roles in which women "get to do more than play Adam Sandler 's wife". In just four years, Cody's roster of leading female characters has included an angst-free pregnant teenager her first film, Juno , for which she won an Academy Award , a high-school beauty queen who happens to be a demonic succubus Jennifer's Body , a suburban housewife with multiple personality disorder the TV show United States Of Tara , which ran for three seasons and was produced by Steven Spielberg and now, in her new film, Young Adult , a profoundly selfish and immature thirtysomething who returns to her home town with the sole purpose of breaking up the marriage of her high-school boyfriend. That, Cody says when we meet in a hotel in Los Angeles, is precisely the point: "There are so many comedies in which a guy plays a man-child and that's seen as funny. So I wanted for a woman to do that and show, actually, how sinister that is. Also, women are always supposed to be likable in movies, it's the men who get the juicy parts. I wanted to make a female character who was unlikable but also interesting. It takes jabs at pretty much the whole genre of the modern romantic comedy.