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‘UnWrapped:’ Kiernan Shipka and Diane Kruger Navigate Mental Health and Hollywood’s Shady Side in Roku’s ‘Swimming with Sharks’

Former model Julia Rothenberg also discusses her transition into socially conscious filmmaking

In honor of women’s history month, the “UnWrapped” podcast has three incredible guests who join us in conversation. First up, we hear from Kiernan Shipka and Diane Kruger who take us behind the scenes of their latest project, “Swimming with Sharks,” which premiered earlier this month at SXSW.

The six-episode Roku Channel series follows Lou (Shipka), a young assistant who turns the tables on an abusive studio-head boss (Kruger), exposing the darker aspects of Hollywood from a female perspective. 

Interview highlights include…

  • Kruger says she’s “definitely met people” who are like her abusive studio boss character
  • Kruger admits that watching Shipka’s character mimic her look and mannerisms was “creepy”
  • Shipka opens up about portraying mental health struggles accurately through her character  

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Part II of the episode, presented by Manoel Ferreira Productions, features emerging filmmaker Julia Rosengren. Growing up in poverty, the Brazilian native was motivated to work towards a better future for herself and her family. After pursuing a career as a successful international model, Rosengren shifted her focus to socially conscious filmmaking.

Most recently, she wrote, produced, and starred in “Leaves” (watch here), an environmental-awareness short film that showcases issues with climate change, global warming, wildfires and deforestation. 

Julia Rosengren encourages aspiring filmmakers to…

  • Find a message they’re passionate about sharing
  • “Just do it” — even if it’s with an iPhone

About “UnWrapped:”

“UnWrapped” is a monthly podcast produced by WrapWomen, dedicated to empowering the next generation of women in media and entertainment. Each episode “unwraps” topics from entertainment news and industry trends to career advice, Hollywood headlines and more. 

Special guests include industry leaders, actors, producers and studio execs. The aim of the series is to connect those looking for knowledge and access to those with the knowledge and access, providing the WrapWomen community tools to succeed in their personal and professional lives.

New episodes of “UnWrapped” drop the last Friday of every month. You can listen on TheWrap.comWrapWomen.comSpotifyApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsAmazon Music or wherever you get your podcasts. 

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