Girlfriend Experience season 3 director details surprise to sign on ‘Utterly unexpected’

The Girlfriend Experience: Season three trailer released by STARZ

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Filmmaker Anja Marquardt has spoken exclusively to about her experience on The Girlfriend Experience’s challenging third season. The anthology series releases new episodes every Sunday on Starzplay, and features a compelling breakout performance from rising star Julia Goldani Telles.

Anja Marquardt has revealed how she first landed the role of the sole writer and director for the brand new season of Starz’ anthology series, The Girlfriend Experience.

The filmmaker sat down with Express Online ahead of last week’s season premiere as new episodes of the acclaimed series roll out on Sundays.

She recalled: “I received a call from my agents around three and a half years ago, that’s when we were first starting to talk about all of it.”

Marquardt then took to work crafting a brand new story for season three, which follows a high end escort and tech genius named Iris (played by Julia Goldani Telles).

The first season of The Girlfriend Experience was loosely based on Steven Soderbergh’s 2009 independent film of the same name.

After his mainstream success with the likes of Ocean’s Eleven and Erin Brockovich, the filmmaker teamed with adult film actress Sasha Grey for his 2009 drama about a high end escort.

Directors Amy Seimetz and Lodge Kerrigan ran with the original idea for two instalments of the anthology series, but left the show open for another talented showrunner to take over.

They found their answer in German director Anja Marquardt, known for several award-winning short films and her debut feature, She’s Lost Control.

The showrunner revealed she was a big fan of Soderbergh’s work, and was thrilled to jump on to write and direct all ten episodes of the new outing.

Marquardt explained: “It was a very beautiful moment of time coming around in a circle.

“I had been a huge admirer of Steven Soderbergh’s work and The Girlfriend Experience’s previous seasons in particular.

“It was a completely, utterly unexpected phone call that then led to sitting here right now.”

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Revealing more about Soderbergh’s involvement in the show, Marquardt spoke more about his hands-on approach to producing the series.

She continued: “He is really the first person to read the scripts and give feedback on them, which in and of itself is a wonderful luxury and very new to me.”

Much like the series’ original directors, however, Marquardt was able to take on the director’s feedback but essentially had final say over the overall vision of the third season.

The director said: “Lodge Kerrigan and Amy Seimetz were given the reign to invent within that story world and create two seasons that are utterly unique and different from each other.”

“When I came to the table for season three, I was given tremendous freedom to reimagine yet again within the general story world of transactional relationships.”

After her impressive work on The Girlfriend Experience’s first two seasons, director Amy Seimetz went on to direct last year’s sleeper indie hit, She Dies Tomorrow.

Having already impressed viewers with season three’s sleek direction and unsettling tone, Seimetz’ successor Anja Marquardt has cemented herself as another major talent to watch out for.

The Girlfriend Experience season 3 continues Sundays on STARZPLAY.

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