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These days, any sort of formal transaction in Hollywood is probably prefaced with a letter from an attorney, aka, “Have your people call my people.” But new director Greta Gerwig. prefers a more personal touch.

The writer-director of Lady Bird was keen to give her coming-of-age story, starring Irish actress Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn, Atonement), an eclectic soundtrack.  So what did she do? Gerwig wrote heartfelt letters to the musicians whose songs she wanted to use, reports Billboard.

Gerwig’s film, now in theaters, is set in 2002. So she reached out to artists who were making pop music at that time, and provided “the soundtrack to my adolescence,” with Alanis Morissette, Dave Matthews and Justin Timberlake topping her “hit list.”

She swung by Late Night with Seth Meyers last night (November 21) and talked about how her fangirl-esque inquiries panned out (the convo turns to music at 2:06):

Apparently her “selling points” worked, because all three artists, said… YES!

Gerwig reads highlights from the letters when chatting with Meyers, but if you’d like to read them in full, here are screenshots of the personal notes, courtesy of some savvy Twitter users:

More evidence of Gerwig’s great people skills came earlier in the interview. She reveals how she banned cell phones from Lady Bird set and asked everyone to wear name tags during filming. The reason being, she explained, was that sometimes an actor might only be on-set for a day, and it’s difficult to remember names.

Do you like the personal touch Greta Gerwig brings to set — and letter writing?

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Filed Under: Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird
By Brigid Brown