We’re thrilled Entertainment Weekly had a chance to sit down with our fearless leader.
In a very candid interview, the author admits to being terrified that the movie is about to start shooting and that she knows fans will hold her responsible for its success or failure. Coming from a fandom herself, she understands better than most just how passionate fans are, stating “we need to get this right for them.”
From publishing, to selling the movie rights, to collaborating on the script, to lively debates with the filmmakers, to being “dragged kicking and screaming into merchandising,” it’s no wonder the author is feeling the weight of being part of a global phenomenon.
EW: It’s a lot to keep track of. How are you feeling about it all?
E L JAMES: I’m on the edge, quite frankly. Jumping off. I’ve had two years of this now. When you first start doing this [promoting your work], you don’t know how you are going to handle it. I could have been a complete fame whore — everyone wanted to interview me. But it holds no interest to me, being on TV, all that stuff. So I’ve tried to pull back. Because frankly, I’m shy, even though people don’t believe that. And I really miss my family…and my dog. In the last three months, I’ve been home for about two weeks.”
But when asked if she was at least having some fun with the movie, the author told EW she was trying to take it all in but still had the “‘OMG, this is actually going to happen!’ I’m still pinching myself” frame of mind.
To read what she has to say about the casting controversy, the possibility of publishing a new book, scenes that have made it/not made it into the movie, and so much more, go here.