Why Lorelei Linklater Has a Problem With ‘Boyhood’

The daughter of Austin-based filmmaker Richard Linklater and co-star of his film talks about her concerns.

By Laura Rice and David BrownJanuary 22, 2015 9:16 pm|

Boyhood” is up for six Academy Awards. It took home three trophies at the Golden Globes – including Best Dramatic Picture and Best Director for Richard Linklater.

Linklater’s daughter, Lorelei, co-stars in the film. We watch her grow from 9 years old to 21 years old as Linklater famously took 12 years to film the story.

It’s a process that’s been mesmerizing to audiences and critics. But Lorelei Linklater says she bawled the first time she saw the film. She talked with Texas Standard about why.

On Why She Hated Watching the Film:

“When you’re the person being documented, rather than being fascinating, it’s more just mortifying. And, I know it’s normal, but it just was hard to have the whole world see me in those awkward stages and, how do I say this, thinking that that’s me. A person that I don’t relate to whatsoever – people thinking is me.”

On Her Concerns About the Film:

“Gender roles… the sexist undertones of the film really got me… I don’t mean sexist. I wouldn’t take it that far but I mean, like, I don’t know. A lot of things in it. I’m a feminist. So, let’s just say, it’s not a feminist movie. Like, to sum up I guess what I mean, it’s like maybe the fifth year… Ellar is walking home – or Mason I guess – is walking home from school because my character hasn’t picked him up. He meets this girl and they’re talking. She asks him what book he’s reading and he says, ‘Kurt Vonnegut.’ And, she says, ‘I think my brother likes Kurt Vonnegut.’ And, I don’t know, that just kind of struck me as like, Kurt Vonnegut is for boys. And I, personally, love Kurt Vonnegut. He’s one of my favorite authors. And, I don’t know why… that may not sound like it makes any sense but, I don’t know, I just didn’t think the character really had very much personality towards the end.”

On Being Critical of Her Dad’s Film:

“What I’m saying now probably sounds weird. It’s like, ‘oh she’s talking about her dad, she’s saying negative things about that, why is she doing that?’ He knows. And he’s not, I don’t think he’s phased by what I have to say. I’m always honest with him. He knows that I’m very happy to have been a part of it and think he’s an amazing artist. He knows I think that, which I do. But he also knows that I did have some problems with the film.”

On Acting in the Future:

“I am eager to do more roles. ‘Boyhood’ actually made me want to act more. To kind of, I don’t know, re-prove myself. I already did another feature. It’s called ‘Occupy Texas.’ It should be coming out in a couple of months.”

Lorelei Linklater, center, with Ellar Coltrane and Ethan Hawke in 'Boyhood.'

Matt Lankes. Courtesy of IFC Films.