Attica Locke

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Attica Locke

Attica Locke was born in Texas and satisfactorily educated there. She is one of seven siblings, made possible through many divorces and different family configurations. She is quite short and sensitive about it. Her 12-year-old daughter has already passed her in height. Attica spends her days struggling with how to project parental authority on a being who is looking down on you.

She drinks too much red wine, but has come to accept this about herself.

A former fellow at the Sundance Institute’s Feature Filmmaker’s Lab, Attica works as a screenwriter as well.  Most recently, she was a writer and producer on Netflix’s When They See Us and the Hulu adaptation of Little Fires Everywhere. She loves reading, the Bachelor franchise, and some prestige television.

Attica is a native of Houston, Texas, and now lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband and daughter.

Interviewed 21 December 2019

Ten words to sum up your working life to date ...

Why have I just now discovered the magic of napping?

Nine things you can see from where you're sitting ...

My husband
A painting of Darren Mathews that accompanied the review of Bluebird, Bluebird in the Financial Times
A treadmill
A chess set
A guitar
An obnoxiously large television
A large window with a view to the ancient ash tree in backyard (the reason we bought this house and the view I have from every south-facing window in my house)
My wedding photo album
A bitten pencil

Eight minutes to prepare a meal. What's it going to be ?

A grilled cheese sandwich made with olive oil, good bread, Havarti and salted thin slices of tomato.

Seven people you'd like to go for a drink with ...

Zadie Smith
Jia Tolentino
Barack Obama (actually probably Michelle)
Keith Richards
Olivia Colman
Lin-Manuel Miranda
Michael Kenneth Williams

Six things you can't live without ...

Red wine
Re-watching The Office every 18 months or so
My sister

Five favourite words ...


Four places you'd run away to ...

My bedroom
My family’s country house in East Texas
Kauai, Hawaii
Vancouver, Canada

Three books you've bought recently ...

Lady in the Lake by Laura Lippman
Fleishman is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner
The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer

Two things that make you rant ...


One thing you'd tell your teenage self ...

The man you’ll marry is so much better than the idiots you’re sleeping with.