Cover Story: A Whole New Playbook
Matthew Quick talks about the Hollywood publicity machine, straddling the line between adult and YA, waiting for limos with Jennifer Aniston, and keeping one's head with a burgeoning fanbase.
BB: How was the red carpet treatment in Hollywood?
MQ: The Oscars were surreal. I flew out to Los Angeles Friday night. Saturday night we went to the Weinstein pre-Oscar party with everyone associated with Silver Linings and Django Unchained. I remember watching Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction ad nauseam. Then I’m at this party and [Quentin] Tarantino’s like 2 feet away from me. I didn’t talk to Tarantino, but I had dinner with [Silver Linings co-star] Julia Stiles, who was at my table. I had written a piece about the Oscars for Huffington Post. Julia came up to me and said, “I read your piece in Huffington Post. Thanks for mentioning me.” And I’m, like, “Wow, Julia Stiles is reading what I’m writing online!” … The most interesting part about the Oscars was the little off-camera moments. When you leave the Oscars, you go out and walk the red carpet in reverse. [Then] you have to find your limo company, check in and get a tag with a number. At the end of the red carpet there are four lanes of limos. Fans are screaming and everyone has to wait for their limo. Right in front of us is Joaquin Phoenix, Jennifer Aniston, Philip Seymour Hoffman. … It’s one of those human moments that you don’t see on screen. Jennifer Aniston has to wait a half hour for a limo, just like I did. Those are the details that I was fascinated by.
BB: You’d always been pretty interactive with your fans, but in the run-up to the Oscars you had to disengage a bit from the Internet, notably removing your email address from your blog and making your Twitter a one-way channel.