She was previously married to Ben Sinclair. I don’t know where I got it from. But I've always felt like we could do better. It’s not their business. Thousands of new, high-quality pictures are added every day.
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But producing is my main love. I just make a TV show.”. Certainly the New York that I know and love.
And they say … I don't need to do this. They don’t really care about the history or the culture or the experience behind cannabis. It feels ridiculous even saying this since there are only, like, 40 people in New York who care, but I think because my last relationship was so characterized by “we make this together,” that when things went badly, I could feel that part of it playing into things. That part is upsetting for me and another reason why I would like some regulations around it. I’m a bridge burner. Right now I’m about trying to be present and truthful to myself—thinking about what I want out of this life and then constantly evaluating if I’m being truthful to those things.
I would never describe my parents as ambitious or striving.
The way people smoke now feels out of control. It was great that there was actually a procedure and a protocol. We have to build a new world every week. This was the first season we've used an intimacy coordinator, as it is a relatively new position in entertainment. It’s really only gotten better and better. Now I'm all stoned and shit. It gets harder, only because of the pressure we feel to keep getting positive feedback for the stories we're telling. It’s alarming to me to see all these people who are just about the bottom line. I've heard criticism that we look at things with rose-colored glasses or are ascribing quirk to our city that just isn't that romantic, but I don't know. They’re going to put small farmers out of business, potentially. I don't know why it works that way, but when you go below the surface, that's when the connectivity starts to show itself. I love going on Instagram and being like, “Look, these are the kinds of people that would be in this world. We got together really quickly, committed to each other really quickly, got married really quickly. ... I’m writing a screenplay with my partner, Adele.
There’s also this weed-guzzling mentality. I've been accused of being a little bit romantic, and I think that's true, but this is genuinely how we see our city. Our room is filled with people who really see people beyond what is on the surface, and I'm glad that comes through [in] different ways. I don’t know what it is about our process on High Maintenance—perhaps it’s because we have to reinvent ourselves almost every week. It was just us putting on our grown-up pants. It’s hard to pull him apart from that.
ELLE.com got on the phone with co-creator, writer, and director Blichfeld to talk about the series’ run, vulnerability in storytelling, and telling meta tales. At certain points Alicia was pulling double duty, advising me, the real-life director, on how to handle nudity or a kiss or blocking in a scene, and then addressing the realities of the job in rehearsals since we sometimes allow for a little bit of improv. Am I some sociopath who can't hang on?” When I see people who are still getting together with their high school or college friends for dinner every month, or whatever they do, I'm just like, “Oh, is that what you're supposed to do?” I don't know any of those people at all anymore. I’ve done it, but it feels like mostly on a dare. But that’s not how I look at people, so I’m always careful to ask questions like, “How do you spend your time?” instead of “What do you do?” I find myself very often defined by my work, but I don’t want to assume that everyone else is defined by theirs. More. High Maintenance is an American anthology comedy-drama television and web series created by ex-husband and wife team Ben Sinclair and Katja Blichfeld.
It brings me a lot of joy—when it’s easy—but there are so many other things that would also bring me joy. Each episode focuses on different characters as their lives intersect with The Guy. October 16-18 in NYC. The way she is in that episode is very true to one's experience with her in real life. I respect Ben a lot creatively, which is, in part, how we're able to keep working together and pull this off. I very specifically moved to New York to get into casting. I still smoke almost every day. High Maintenance: 5 Reasons It's The Quintessential New York Show (& 5 It's Not), High Maintenance: Season Four Viewer Votes, Women Film Directors: Active in past decade+, Stephanie Beatriz/Talos/Ben Sinclair/Katja Blichfeld, Chris Pratt/Miley Cyrus/Ben Sinclair & Katja Blichfeld/Elaine Bradley.
I do think social media played a part. This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. Sometimes I find myself smoking just out of reflex—if I’m feeling a certain way or the day looks a certain way or the light is a certain way. I’ve been watching what’s happening and it’s just more corporate America bullshit.
It was so cool to find out that there was a person out there whose sole job it was to facilitate making those situations more comfortable. Given the sexual storylines and nudity, both sexual and non-sexual, that we have in the show, we've always tried to make it as comfortable and respectable a shooting environment [as possible] for those kinds of scenes. Just a time-of-life thing. I love unrealized potential.
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In the years since its start on Vimeo, the show—now on HBO in its fourth season—has continued telling interesting, original, and empathy-forward stories about New York’s inhabitants and the weed dealer (Sinclair) who helps them all through it. But when I travel, I don’t really have any on me. I love unrealized potential. Ben and I are the showrunners of our show, so I have the creative authority to change things on the spot. We already knew what we were getting with Avery Monson, who plays Evan the asexual magician—we knew he was bringing a ton of empathy and kindness to the table, and really good acting.
I’m writing a screenplay with my partner, Adele. I’m always like, “Oh, no. I certainly wasn’t for a long time. Whiteford Taylor & Preston today announced continued expansion in Richmond with the addition of a highly regarded group of corporate and real estate attorneys, including partners Katja H. Hill and John C. Selbach, and associates Jonathan Jones and Nicole K. Scott.
There was something that came out while we were in the room that contributed to the conversation, as well as some of our writers coming from other productions and reflecting on the ways intimacy coordinators could have been used in those situations. They’re so practically oriented. I’m the person always purging their home. I don’t consider myself a performer at all. I think that translates over to my personal life. Refreshing the perspective is a great way to describe it. We talk more than we write when we're sitting in that room, hours and hours of conversation and little detours and off-roading that eventually lead back to these things. The weed that we’re smoking is so much stronger than it ever was. I definitely like to revisit the past in my mind a lot, and have a deep appreciation for things from my history. We are relying on this beautiful group of collaborators and writers who contribute so much by way of their natural curiosity, and the intelligent discourse we get to have in that room. I only saw two choices for that: L.A. or New York, and I came from suburban Southern California.
My favorite part of production is putting together a mood board for my costume designer, my art production designer, and my DP. Connecting creators to HBO, Comedy Central, NBC Universal, Vice, PBS, Warner Bros, and more It’s different when it’s your own work. The weed that we're smoking is so much stronger than it ever was. The co-creator of High Maintenance on burning bridges, bonding through weed, and leaving lives behind. We broke up and it felt like a fiery breakup, but we didn't have the option to just go to the opposite ends of the world and process it and then come back after a couple of years. I think it’s because we really went all in on it. But I was really curious to see how I was going to feel being on my own and it was fine. We’re gonna do it like this.” That’s kind of the less exciting part of directing. A new Dawn is coming.Sign up to be the first to know. Does this person bring me joy? I don’t really have family there or a network of people, except for industry people. Katja Blichfeld is known for her work on High Maintenance (2016), High Maintenance (2012) and 30 Rock (2006). Find Katja Blichfeld stock photos in HD and millions of other editorial images in the Shutterstock collection.
My ex who I was with before Ben—he’s now my real estate broker.
I'm happy with the way we were able to showcase the importance of that job without feeling like a showbiz episode where we were getting into the nitty gritty of a job.
Ben and I set the tone by sharing, in a lot of detail, what we were going through at that time, which happened to be a pretty recent breakup. Salinger (1919-2010). That took so much pressure off, as a director.
This is what they would dress like. Katja Blichfeld, Writer: High Maintenance. Katja Blichfeld. We’re in the dark cave of a color correction suite on the west side of Manhattan, where Sinclair, 30, and his wife and partner, Katja Blichfeld, 35, are putting the finishing touches on a new batch of eagerly anticipated episodes. I’m super fatigued by it, even though, to me, it’s not that strange to live in “public.” I don’t have a lot of issues around privacy generally. What Is 'O Willow Waly' From 'Bly Manor'? This year found the often nudity-filled show both working with an intimacy coordinator for the first time and also depicting the profession on TV. It’s tiring. When we started High Maintenance, I don’t think anyone thought we were gonna be anything noteworthy. It started out as this cool art project, and now it’s a job. I just think life moves too fast to be able to keep holding on. NEW YORK, Sept. 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Stareable Fest 2020, the third annual premier web series and indie TV festival, announces Katja Blichfeld, from HBO's High Maintenance series, will be And Ben. There’s one person from every chapter, maybe. I've gotta move my car. I mean, I’m chill with people from my past and I still have contact with people who have been really meaningful in my life in certain ways. The thing about my job is that it takes up so much of the year, and I have so many things I want to do. It seemed like fun and games. I really feel like I’ve had a lot of lives, and I don’t really have a lot of contact with people from those former lives at all.
And it got really super meta on that episode in particular, because Alicia [the High Maintenance intimacy coordinator] just so happened to bear some resemblance and have a similar demeanor to Abigail [Bengson], the actress playing the intimacy coordinator. I smoked for 12 years, and when I stopped, weed smoking took over.
Asking yourself those questions—“Does this bring me joy?