Spike Jonze on making "Her"
Photo: 2563 - Todd Hido
The woman seems like she must be beautiful, although you canât see her face. In the photograph, she stands with her back turned, gazing into the woods on a sunny day in late fall or early winter, her dark-blonde hair brushing her shoulders, almost tangibly present but at the same time unreachable. Sheâs real, but only in her world, not yours.
The print, by the artist Todd Hido, hangs on a wall near a giant rectangular dining-and-conference table in the loft where Spike Jonze lives and works when heâs in New York. Several years ago, Jonze saw it in a gallery and felt stirred by what he calls âthe beautiful mysteriousness of it. And also, you know, the memory of it.â
When Jonze started to write his newest film, he made a small editorial addition to the imageâa ragged piece of a yellow Post-it note that he stuck on the glass over the photograph. Then he took it off, replaced it with another, and then another. On the one that he finally decided felt right, he had written three lowercase letters in black marker:Â her.
âHuh, thatâs still there!â he says, pleasantly surprised.
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