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Greta Gerwig Confirms a 'Barbie' Sequel Isn't Out of the Question

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Will We Get a 'Barbie 2?' Greta Gerwig Says....Phillip Faraone

Rumors have been swirling for months about a possible Barbie sequel, and Greta Gerwig just added some fuel to that fire. During Time’s Women of the Year event Tuesday night at The Edition in West Hollywood, the Barbie director—who was honored as one of Time’s Women of the Year—revealed what it would take to bring a second serving of the Oscar-nominated film to life.

“If I find undertow, then we get it,” Greta Gerwig said. “If I don't find an undertow, then there's no more.”

What undertow is she referring to? That inspirational pull that inspires her filmmaking choices. Prior to that response, Greta talked about “her north star” i.e. what guides her as she chooses the stories she wants to tell. “I think as a writer, it's always helpful for me to continually remind myself of the thing that I'm deeply interested in,” she said.

“With Barbie, the story underneath the story was, I loved Barbie,” she added. “I remember going to Toys-R-Us and looking at barbies. I loved everything about them. And my mom was not sure. And I thought, that's the story. That's the generational story. I want it, and then I'm suspicious of it. I think I'm always trying to find those undertows.”

We’re crossing our fingers that she finds that undertow! Greta was one of first honorees to hit the stage, and Cosmopolitan was right inside the event as honoree Coco Guaff followed, standing in the middle of the room in her custom, bejeweled Prada black dress.

The tennis star attended the event with her father, and before it began she mingled and took photos with fans, posed for pics with Will.I.Am and fellow honoree Andra Day, and sipped FIJI water at her table.

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It was a night filled with inspiration, and Coco was feeling it too. “When I started playing tennis at the age of six, [my dad] told me you can change the world with your racket,” Coco said. “And I believed him. And I believed him because [my grandmother] showed me that a little girl with big dreams can go on to do great things. [She] has encouraged me to use my platform for positive change and to never underestimate the impact of my voice.”

She also talked about how Venus and Serena Williams paved the way for athletes like her to dream big and chase her dreams, and that Michelle Obama taught her that it's okay to say no and to be thoughtful about how and where she focuses her impact.

“Tennis has provided me with an opportunity to pass that belief onto young girls who see themselves in me each and every day,” Coco said. “I turn 20 in just about a week. I'm still a teenager. I'm still learning to use my voice, and I'm still being inspired by all the great women around me. Our impact is strongest when we work together. Thank you for inspiring me. Thank you for believing in me, and thank you for showing me that the sky's the limit and no matter our age, let's continue to dream big together.”

Taraji P. Henson was also dreaming big last night. “I've always done my best to shine light in dark places [even in] the classroom with no windows in the school that I attended as a child,” she said as she stood in the middle of the crowd in a black sequin and lace, plunging Nicole By NF gown. “Day in and day out, I try to be the light on stage hoping to burn a fire in someone's heart so they never forget to dream, to remember, to empathize, to be enraged, to just to feel something, anything.

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“I've always been clear that I'm being used. We're all being used as conduits for change, allowing the energy and light to flow through and manifest anew. I want every woman to demand the windows in the room…in spite of it all, we must still make room for the light. To my fellow recipients. Congratulations. Let's continue to light the pathway for every human to access his inherent right to safety, belonging, and dignity. Keep setting the world on fire with your light, with needed burn, burn baby burn.”

Honoree Andra Day wrapped up the event in a Pat Bo sequin halter top and matching skirt and sang “Rise Up” and “Probably” from her upcoming album.

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“Yay!” Taraji yelled from the audience as the songstress took the stage in slippers. “Sorry I have these slippers on,” Andra quipped. “I just feel like I shouldn’t be having heels on right now.”

“Everybody [has asked me] what is the inspiration for this album? I just decided to be petty and get some sh*t off my chest,” she added with a laugh.

Following the event, guests headed to the after party, sipped Campari cocktails, and took home Donna Karan gift bags. What a night!

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