and the comedy “The Station Agent.” Clarkson also makes memorable turns in big Hollywood films like Martin Scorsese’s “Shutter Island,” and “Friends with Benefits,” starring Justin Timberlake, who also played her son in the video, “Motherlover.”Written by Tom Dolby, who co-directed with Tom Williams, the film features rich people in trouble behaving badly.Clarkson stars as Celia Green, the mother of two sons, Theo (Zachary Booth) and Roger (Joseph Cross), who convene over Labor Day weekend at the family’s Tahoe lake house to grapple with various personal and professional crises. I might have been a journalist, because those are my heroes. The most interesting thing about your performance here is that viewers have to recalibrate how they feel about Celia in just about every scene.You don’t have any children…And that will remain so…So what qualities do you draw on or share with your own mother? She ran the city of New Orleans, and retired a month ago. She worked for several mayors, including, unfortunately, the mayor who is going to jail. But with that came demands, and she demanded a lot of us as children. There’s an enormous pain — she’s in enormous strife. But it was much different from the radical transformation I did for Woody Allen in “Whatever Works,” which was fun and delicious.She was incredibly supportive — especially when I wanted to go off to New York to become an actress. I’d jump in the water in my clothes [as Celia does], but not out of an airplane. The Tahoe home was one of two getaway spots for Celia and her family. But I think there will be people who get it — that she is she is a fierce woman, who loves her family deeply. She wasn’t completely successful, her children dislike her, and she has been so critical and tough on them for no reason.Celia smothers, criticizes and loves her kids perhaps too much. I think there are moments when she is a very good mother, but she lacks certain skills. I think she was an excellent wife and a complicated mother. I have a wonderful apartment in the West Village, and I like being in it. I do love to go home because most of my family is there. There’s a sweet moment in “Last Weekend” where Celia talks about how her life might have been different. Right when you lose patience with her, she has a tender moment where she regrets something simple, like missing a sunset.
She’s thrilled I’m flourishing and living my dream. I’m the schmoe-est of the five because I’m just an actress. It’s part of the character and the process of finding Celia. They come from different backgrounds and have different emotional lives, husbands and children.
You tend to project a fierce intelligence, and no-nonsense quality, when you play characters like Celia. With Celia, I had to keep her sharp and focused and not compromise on making her foolish.
In her 20s, the New Orleans born actress barely gained any traction.
“He was lovely and gracious and quite funny, and then he said, ‘If and when I do The Elephant Man, I want you to play Mrs Kendal.’ And I thought, ‘Oh, what does he see in me?
As she entered middle age she stylishly surfaced in fine films such as The Station Agent and Far From Heaven. By the time she landed her first lead role – in Ruba Nadda’s restrained romance, Cairo Time – she was already on the cusp of 50. Certain angles it’s not too bad.” A crinkled smile drifts across her wry alabaster face. It’s a high horse to mount every night.” The play is The Elephant Man, and it stars Bradley Cooper as John Merrick, the hideously deformed Victorian freak show exhibit who has never touched a woman, let alone seen one in all her naked glory.