Carter, who was outspoken about the importance of having a woman at the helm of a Wonder Woman film, did talk at length with director Patty Jenkins.
CARTER: Over a period of quite a few months, we talked on the phone. It really was [about] why I thought my portrayal worked, why it lived, what my intentions were from the beginning about the character. We were so much on the same page of the interpretation of what embodies this character. [Wonder Woman is] not thinking she’s all that. She’s powerful, but…
She’s sensitive. Right.
Why do you think it took so long for this character to get a movie?
They were, I think, struggling to cast it and struggling to get the story right. I think they wanted to distance it from anything I did in the past. They have gone back to more of a historical story, which I think is good.
What do you hope to see in Gal Gadot’s version of Wonder Woman?
I like her. I just hope it’s successful, that’s all. I think she’s probably pretty kick-ass, and it’s a whole new way to empower women.
Alles für meine Tochter (2013, Drama, auf Deutsch, 1 hour 28 mins)
Set in Köln (Cologne), Nordrhein-Westfalen, Northwestern Germany. “Ines Erdmann (Ann-Kathrin Kramer), Mathematik- und Sportlehrerin an einem Kölner Gymnasium, ist bei ihren Schülern beliebt und führt eine glückliche Ehe mit dem Journalisten Boris (Hans-Jochen Wagner). Seit 14 Jahren sind die beiden verheiratet. Das Einzige, was ihnen zum Glück noch fehlt, ist ein Kind. Vor allem Ines macht dies schwer zu schaffen. Trotz der Zuversicht ihrer Frauenärztin nagen Selbstzweifel an ihr. Als die 16-jährige Clara (Alicia von Rittberg) neu in ihre Klasse kommt, traut Ines ihren Augen kaum: Sie ist überzeugt, in dem Mädchen ihre Tochter zu erkennen, die sie nach der Geburt zur Adoption freigegeben hatte.”
A movie about Viola Davis because her life deserves to be known
“The only picture I have of my childhood is the picture of me in kindergarten, I have this expression on my face — it’s not a smile, it’s not a frown. I swear to you, that’s the girl who wakes up in the morning and who looks around her house and her life saying, ‘I cannot believe how God has blessed me.’ “
“I would jump in trash bins with maggots looking for food, and I would steal from the corner store because I was hungry, I never had any kids come to my house because my house was a condemned building, it was boarded up, it was infested with rats. I was one of those kids who were poor and knew it.”
“I was the kind of poor where I knew right away I had less than everyone around me. We had nothing, I cannot believe my life, I just can’t, I’m so blessed. I would jump in trash bins with maggots looking for food, and I would steal from the corner store because I was hungry, I never had any kids come to my house because my house was a condemned building, it was boarded up, it was infested with rats. I was one of those kids who were poor and knew it.”
“It became a motivation as opposed to something else — the thing about poverty is that it starts affecting your mind and your spirit because people don’t see you, I chose from a very young age that I didn’t want that for my life. And it very much has helped me appreciate and value the things that are in my life now because I never had it. A yard, a house, great plumbing, a full refrigerator, things that people take for granted, I don’t.”
“I first envisioned myself as an actor after I watched Cicely Tyson in The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman when I was a child.”
“It wasn’t until then that I had a visual manifestation of the target I wanted to hit, It also gave me hope for the future and a different life for myself, she helped me have a very specific drive of how I was going to crawl, walk, run from that environment.”
“I became an artist, and thank God I did, because we are the only profession that celebrates what it means to live a life,”