06/06/2012 01:01 pm ET

Greta Gerwig on 'Lola Versus', Insecurity, and Marriage Before 30

I started lying about my age when I was 7. It was first grade, and I had turned 7 in August. Having an August birthday meant that I would either be the oldest kid in the class or the youngest. My mom explained that she and my dad had been the youngest and they hated it, so of course I was just going to love the opposite. I think a lot of parenting goes something like that.

Lola Versus is not about an overly self-conscious 7-year-old. But it is about getting older, about passing the landmark age of 30 and feeling that you are not where you should be. By 30, Lola wants to be a wife cooking dinner with farmer's-market vegetables and giving her less-married friends advice. And then of course her fiancé breaks up with her, destroying that fantasy future. This sets off her year of mistakes, misbehavior, and misadventures. All "mis" and no "Mrs."

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