Director Matthew Newton and stars Julianne Nicholson and Zachary Quinto stopped by the Variety Studio Presented by AT&T at the Toronto International Film Festival to talk about their new movie, “Who We Are Now.”

Newton explained that, while men have gotten countless roles of the complex protagonist for decades, he wanted to create such a part for a female lead.

“Obviously there’s a huge movement toward female empowerment and female narratives which is a fantastic thing and has been a long time coming,” Newton said. “But I wanted to try to write one of those existential heroes that men have gotten to play since the 1940s, but for a woman, with insatiable desires, flaws, you know, self-questioning, finding herself at a point of change in her life. And I wanted to write that role.”