Diablo Cody Is Writer of ‘Juno’ (Photos and Video)

December 6, 2007

Meet Diablo Cody, a.k.a. Brook Busey-Hunt, a former stripper who wrote the new hit comedy, “Juno”. See photos, video and her biography here.

Diablo Cody is the writer of “Juno”, a comedy about a girl with an unplanned pregnancy and the decisions she makes with regard to her baby. Jennifer Garner and Jason Bateman play the adoptive parents. “Juno” came out in limited release in the US on December 5, 2007.

Diablo Cody Biography

As a biography, writer Diablo Cody was born on June 14, 1978 in Chicago, so her age is 29. She moved to Minneapolis after graduating from college with a degree in media studies. She began writing online with a blog called “Red Secretary”, telling stories of her own life, but from the perspective of the Belarussian secretary she pretended to be. She followed up with the “Darling Girl” blog about her adventures “living in sin” with now ex-husband Jonny Hunt.

Then Cody’s life took a turn. On a whim at a Minneapolis strip club’s amateur night, she performed, and although she lost, she decided she wanted to strip. She had just moved from Chicago, and she was fairly anonymous in her new city.

“I thought if there was ever a time to strip, it was just the right time. I was almost too old but still young enough, and I didn’t have to worry about running into friends and family.”

She started as a sort of experiment or anthropology study – she’d planned on dancing only a few times.

“I actually found the white collar jobs a lot more anti-feminist. I found myself shoehorned into the adorable secretary who fetched older men’s coffee. I would much rather give dances. …

“I wish I had the foresight to strip in college. I would have made mad money. But I fancied myself above stripping. … In college, you have these clear-cut ideals; there are things you will and will not do. The older you get, the less you know, and it has made me more open-minded.”

With her customers from the strip joint, an adult store called Sex World where she was a peepshow girl, and the people who called her during her hours as a phone-sex operator providing constant fodder, Cody started a blog called “Pussy Ranch” and then wrote a book about the experience called “Candy Girl: A Year in the Life of an Unlikely Stripper”.

Now Cody is breaking into the mainstream with her film, “Juno”, which has been getting non-stop buzz since hitting the film festival circuit. She’s even been named one of Entertainment Weekly’s 50 smartest people in Hollywood.

Cody, who decided to unofficially change her name from Brooke Busey during a roadtrip with her then-husband while driving through Cody, Wyoming listening to Duran Duran’s “El Diablo”, calls herself “the only accidental screenwriter in Hollywood.”

Watch for “Juno” to hit your city soon when it comes out of limited release.

See photos and video of Diablo Cody .

Diablo Cody Video – Interview with Dave Letterman

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