The thing about making a TV show is that it takes a lot of time. I did not know this before I started because I’ve not made one before. But for the past five years or so, I have been trying to make one and I cannot tell you how many times along the way I got bored and wandered off.
But today, I can finally announce that a TV show, based on my book Work, Strife, Balance, is actually happening.
This show actually started being made when I was 21 and I made a friend called Bruna Papendrea. It was one of those fast friendships where you are madly in love and do everything together and are partners in crime and get up to huge mischief and just have a sort of chemical connection and dependency. We were close.
Both at the start of our careers - me in magazines and Bruna in film - our friendship wound down when Bruna moved to London for work and the Internet didn’t exist and neither did texting. Can you imagine?
Suffice to say, we didn’t fax and we lost touch.
By the time we reconnected, decades later, I had started a media company called Mamamia to amplify the voices of women and Bruna had started a production company called Made Up Stories to produce women’s stories for the screen.
She had also been nominated for Oscars, won Golden Globes, and produced a couple of small things like Big Little Lies and Wild that had made her one of the most successful producers in Hollywood.
On a visit home from LA a few years ago, we reconnected, she came into Mamamia, we embraced like the sisters we are in that way you do with women you’ve walked through fire (and dancefloors) with and after reading my recently released memoir, Bruna said, "This needs to be a TV show".