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Lily Tomlin and Director Paul Weitz on Grandma’s Frank Approach to Women’s Issues

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 18: Actress Lily Tomlin attends the 9th Annual GLSEN Respect Awards at Beverly Hills Hotel on October 18, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for GLSEN)

Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for GLSEN

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In Paul Weitz’s Grandma, Elle (Lily Tomlin) bonds with her teenaged granddaughter Sage (Julia Garner) when she comes to her seeking financial assistance for an abortion. Like last year’s indie hit Obvious Child, the film—which recently premiered at Sundance—deals honestly with this once-taboo subject and sensitively unpacks the way it affects many women today.

We spoke to Tomlin and Weitz about Grandma’s approach to women’s issues and how the cinematic conversations around abortion have changed.

Slate Sessions video edited by Anne Marie Lindemann. Interview booked by Raquel Bruno. Executive produced by Ayana Morali.