Glenn Close Wants an Oscar…

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 Glenn Close: ‘I still want an Oscar’

 

Glenn Close

  

When Hollywood wants a bitch, they call Glenn Close, 62, thanks to films such as Fatal Attraction. She has won numerous awards but never an Oscar despite five nominations.    (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for me)

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  • You’ve just got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Are you not going to get walked all over now?
    Close: It’s a great honour. To see your name in pretty pink granite is surprisingly more meaningful than I expected. I actually hugged the sidewalk. I want to now see ice cream cones and flip-flops and Birkenstocks and wheelchairs and skateboards all over it.

 

  • You appear on TV in Damages alongside a host of big names. That wouldn’t have happened ten years ago…
    Close: Network television does more reality TV, which is highly entertaining, but I think people seek more than that. Cable TV in the US has filled that gap and it started to fill it with the advent of HBO – that really broke new ground. The writer is king now and they can go to places like HBO and FX and have a chance to realise their script and have more creative freedom – and that’s more freedom even than is seen in the movie world.

 

  • Describe your character Patty.
    Close: She is a lawyer who has a capacity to be dispassionate and that can be considered as her being manipulative. To achieve what she has to achieve, she has to separate her emotions from decisions that have to be made. Women have not really been seen in roles like that so it’s easy to put terms on her like ‘morally ambivalent’. I’ve read some law and there are huge grey areas and no matter what your initial motivation is, that motivation can become grey. The one thing I do like about her is she picks good enemies.

 

  • Do you Method-act her and become dispassionate on set?
    Close: I can’t Method-act at all. My dogs are with me on the set. One of my dogs, Jakey, he’s often lying under my desk in a scene while we are filming. Obviously you never see him. I can step in and out of the role, it would drive me crazy if I couldn’t do that. I just see it as a craft and, luckily, I have an extremely active imagination.

 

  • So let’s get this straight. You’re playing the bitch and there’s a dog under your feet?
    Close: Yes. It’s my little in-joke and the crew just love it. I did a very serious scene in the bedroom with my husband and just off camera is Jakey lying on his back, under the covers with a pair of glasses on. It’s very easy to cast people in a role similar to the last thing they saw them in. In some ways I feel very privileged

 

  • Do you think casting people go: ‘Strong, slightly mad woman? Get Glenn on the phone, now’?
    Close: It’s probably true, unfortunately. Casting teams do not want to be nervous so it’s easy to cast people in a role similar to the last thing they saw them in. In some ways I feel very privileged. Bette Davis was known for that and she was one of the great actresses. These kind of roles are the kind she would have loved.

 

  • What’s the secret to still looking amazing in a pencil skirt?
    Close: Very high heels. We’re caught between wanting our legs to look fabulous and being absolutely crippled at the end of the day. We choose to be crippled. As soon as we finish this interview, I have a reflexology appointment.

 

  • When it comes to the Oscars, does it feel like you’re always the bridesmaid, never the bride?
    Close: It does – though it’s probably now mother of the bride. I think there are Oscar roles, I really do. I hope a few more come my way.

 

  • You lost out to Cher in Moonstruck. Surely Alex in Fatal Attraction was much better.
    Close: When it comes down to choosing someone, there are often other elements at play. I think Cher got that because she proved herself to have endured. People thought: ‘Great, she started in Sonny and Cher and here she is in a movie.’ Hollywood loves that, people who reinvent themselves.

 

Perhaps we should get you recording with a guy with a droopy moustache? Sure – that might work.

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