Laura Dern calls Marmee & Louisa “a massive influence. You feel it as like a cord of the film, and that was an incredible experience...."
Dern explains, “Greta [Gerwig, the director] was determined for us to really spend time doing the research to find out who really was Marmee being Abigail, Louisa’s real mother. And so we really allowed a beautiful book of letters, called Marmee & Me, between Louisa and her mother, to be a massive influence. You feel it as like a cord of the film, and that was an incredible experience.... Marmee was an abolitionist, was one of America’s first feminists, was considered America’s first social worker and was a badass. And she was angry and frustrated and generous and an empath. And yes, feeding the hungry. And literally their home was on the underground railroad and she was hiding slaves in their kitchen...”
Note: Dern slightly confused the title but a google search of Marmee & Me leads right to Marmee & Louisa!
Here’ s the link to the Vanity Fair interview: