Phoebe Waller-Bridge on Saying Goodbye to “Fleabag”

Phoebe Waller-Bridge, the creator of Fleabag, spoke with New York Times Magazine to talk about life after the show. 

“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.”

She continued: “The hardest thing ever is to be really present in what you’re writing because if you’re anticipating anything, I think you’ve already screwed yourself over,” she said. “As long as you’re writing it truthfully at that time, it still has value, even if the value is that it feels inappropriate in 10 years time, it will tell us something about the time it was written.”

Fleabag earned Waller-Bridge a BAFTA and three Emmy Awards. This week saw the released of Fleabag: The Scriptures, a book that includes the complete script of the show as well as additional commentary from Waller-Bridge herself.