“I had a rough time with my editor,” she told an audience at SXSW on Friday, where the “Busy Tonight” executive producer, 39, was interviewed by Hillary Kerr, host of the “Second Life” podcast.
“She didn’t push on the content, I just think that we had a fundamental — she didn’t understand some of what I was trying to say or do. We didn’t work well together,” she explained.
In the collection of autobiographical essays published by Simon & Schuster, Philipps recounts a range of topics, including being raped at age 14, having an abortion at age 15, and being assaulted by James Franco on the set of “Freaks and Geeks.”
Prior to the book’s release, Philipps told Andy Cohen she was “bummed” that the Franco story made headlines.
“It was really one of those things I was really surprised by last week,” she said last October. “It really bummed me out because I also felt like, I’m a woman in this industry who wrote a very personal book about my experiences in life and in this industry and then the headlines were all about a man. I was like, that was my point the whole time.”
But despite not seeing eye-to-eye with her editor, Philipps maintained that “ultimately I ended up with the book I wanted because I hired an outside person to help me edit. Not write it. I wrote it. I didn’t know you could hire someone to write a book for you.”