Throughout her 90-plus years of life, Julia Child wore many hats. She’s recognized best as an excellent chef, author, and television personality, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. She was also a feminist who went a long way in building female viewers’ confidence in the kitchen, the mind behind the Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and Culinary Arts, and an outspoken public voice during the AIDS epidemic. With a life like that, HBO Max’s “Julia” could go in any number of directions.
As Sarah Lancashire has stated, at the end of the day, the intent is to create a drama, not a documentary. Therefore, as noted by Deadline, the show will focus on her time in the TV spotlight, specifically as “The French Chef” gained traction. At the same time, it’ll explore the cultural shift of the mid-20th century through topics like the rise of television and the evolving nature of celebrity status. Child’s relationship with Paul and how it changed over time will also take center stage.
With a stacked cast and plenty of stories to tell, “Julia” promises to deliver an interesting look at the life of a small screen legend. Good thing we don’t have to wait much longer to dig in.