Phoebe Waller-Bridge on Saying Goodbye to “Fleabag”

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Phoebe Waller-Bridge opened up about saying goodbye to the acclaimed Fleabag

Waller-Bridge, the creator of Fleabag, which earned her a BAFTA and three Emmy Awards, sat down with New York Times Magazine in honor of the release of Fleabag: The Scriptures, a book that includes the complete script of the show as well as additional commentary from Waller-Bridge herself. 

“When I was in my 20s and feeling quite frustrated by my position in the industry by just wanting a job. That was pretty much it,” she said. “But also in life as well, just feeling my place in the world as a woman and as a woman who wanted to write and act and how I felt about myself physically and what my power was, all that kind of stuff was going on at the same time, I did feel this real rage underneath it all. But I didn’t ever want to express pure rage to people so I think it came out as jokes. Fleabag was the expression of the kind of ‘ahhhh’ that came out.”

And what’s in the future for Waller-Bridge? She has an idea for her next project, but all she really cares about is how audiences will receive her work. 

“That’s all I care about. I really really care. I really want it to have impact every single time,” she said. “It drives me insane because [of] the constant voice of it’s not funny enough or what’s the point? All that kind of stuff. I feel like each time I’m writing something it has to be the best thing I’ve ever written, which isn’t fun to be around.”