If the future of Hollywood looks and acts anything like Hallie Meyers-Shyer, things are definitely on the upswing. The daughter of Nancy Meyers and Charles Shyer—both writers, directors and producers—Meyers-Shyer may come by her chosen career rightfully, but there's no denying her ambition and talent are uniquely hers. She recently announced her first solo film project, The Chelsea, set to star Felicity Jones and have Meyer-Shyer's own mom (whose credits include The Holiday, Somethings's Gotta Give and It's Complicated) in the director's chair. We caught up with the born-and-raised Cali girl to talk movies, working with your parents and what she wanted to be when she grew up.
When did you know you wanted to be a screenwriter?
I've always known. I grew up watching a lot of film—it was like a film-history lesson sometimes and I always took to the writing aspect of it and the storytelling.
Both of your parents are writers, directors and producers. How much did that influence you?
I think when your parents do something that influences your life so much, you either want to stray away from it, or you're really drawn to it, and I was just drawn to it. I grew up on film sets, and it was always such an exciting time when my parents would start filming. When I was young, I was watching Hitchcock movies more than I was watching Nickeodeon.
To read about Hallie's new project and why she's a true-blue Californian, pick up a copy of the August/September 2012 issue or subscribe on the iPad!