A screenplay about a 20-something Hillary Clinton titled Rodham is making the rounds in Hollywood, and according to a new poll of film executives, everyone wants to get their hands on it. The screenplay’s angle is that it depicts young HRC “trying to decide between her career and boyfriend.” It includes a scene in which she applies makeup and sings “You’re So Vain.” Oh dear. Is strong, sensible Hillary Clinton turning into a simpering romantic comedy heroine?
Rodham was written by a 39-year-old screenwriter from South Korea named Young Il Kim. Kim is a former venture capitalist, but he says he pursued his long-held dream of screenwriting after witnessing the attacks of September 11, 2001. He tells Politico he wrote the script over the course of four months, basing his research on stacks of books about the Clintons. Kim says he was inspired by this photo of a young Clinton in “with coke-bottle glasses and long, hippie hair.”
After finishing his script, he got it into the hands of someone with connections, and soon it was making the rounds in Hollywood. “I’ve always seen her in the public light and formal and buttoned-down,” one of the screenplay’s first readers tells the website. “And here she is making out with Bill and graduating college and trying to find a job. It’s them starting off and meeting and falling in love and facing all the challenges and struggles that everybody else does.”
But isn’t it a stretch to say that Clinton has faced the same challenges everyone else has? She’s fascinating because she’s extraordinary, not ordinary. Clinton has led an insanely dramatic life: Early success as a lawyer, marriage to ambitious young man raised in poverty, motherhood, life as a first lady, humiliation by her husband’s repeated affairs, a second career as a senator, a narrow loss in the presidential primary everyone thought she’d win, and then a term as widely respected secretary of state.
Frankly, she’s shown no signs of deep internal struggle between her personal and professional lives. I cannot picture her singing “You’re So Vain” into a hairbrush. I cannot imagine Bill asking her to make any kind of career sacrifice for him, either. But hey, this Hollywood, which means she has to seem more relatable than admirable. So, coming to soon to a theater near you: Can Hillary Clinton “have it all”? Spoiler alert: Yes.