A Minute With: "Eat Pray Love" director Ryan Murphy

Thu Aug 12, 2010 6:06am EDT
 
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By Courtney Hoffman

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters Life!) - Writer, director Ryan Murphy has built a Hollywood career making dark movies and television shows, including cosmetic surgery drama "Nip/Tuck."

But in 2009, Murphy's career kicked into high gear with the upbeat TV comedy "Glee," and now he's taken his career even higher by writing and directing mainstream, big-budget movie "Eat Pray Love," starring Julia Roberts and Javier Bardem.

Murphy spoke to Reuters about "Eat Pray Love," which is based on a best-selling book, his fast-changing career and why he may only have two more years on "Glee."

Q. You've said "Eat Pray Love" changed your life. How?

A. "I had gone through a horrible break up -- the world's worst -- and I was just sort of sad and looking for direction or something. I read this book, and I was a fan. Then I got the offer. I wrote it (the screenplay), and it forced me to sort of get out my comfort zone and travel around the world ... In my personal life I feel a sense contentment and balance. I don't think I would have gotten there without doing the movie."

Q. Did you pray?

A. "I tried to pray. I tried to be spiritual. I've always wanted to be a spiritual person, and I've failed miserably. You know I can't do yoga, I can't meditate. I have what (author Elizabeth Gilbert) calls in the book, monkey mind."

Q. How is directing a movie different than a TV series?   Continued...

 
<p>Creator Ryan Murphy is interviewed at a party to celebrate the premiere of the second season of the television series "Glee" in Los Angeles April 12, 2010. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>