For starters, I have to say that I hate that I use a paparazzi picture of Rooney Mara to illustrate the fact that I think she’s a valuable role model. She is. For so many reasons. First, she is incredibly talented and gifted as an actor, but she is also incredibly humble and modest about it. She is generous, and wise, and smart. She chose to go to college before starting acting professionally because she thought it was important to have an education. She also seems to be adorable and nice and fun to hang out with. Some people though, have criticized her apparently. Because she doesn’t put on a ridiculous act when she strolls down the red carpet, or because she seems cold or distant to them. Well, this is precisely one of the thing I admire her for -not that I think for a minute that she is ‘cold’ or ‘distant’ or ‘arrogant’ like she’s been called. She just doesn’t let the stardom and all change her. She is the opposite of those people who become arrogant cunts when they are not half as talented as she is. There are plenty of reasons why I love and admire Rooney Mara; her humility is one and the fact that she stays true to herself in the world of appearances Hoolywood is, I think, absolutely refreshing.
This is even tougher with the ladies , I realize. I admire a lot of very talented actresses. And it could have been Elizabeth Taylor here, or Rooney Mara. I still mourn Elizabeth and I’m in love with Rooney. Becuse they’re extremely talented: that’s my turn-on: talented people! Of course, their gorgeousness helps (who am I trying to kid?) but talent definitely have to be part of the equation, because, y’know, looks fade. My favorite actress is yet an example of a woman whose looks haven’t faded the tiniest bit. Gena Rowlands is 81 and still full of grace, life and beauty. And her talent, of course. I admire her, I have since I first saw Gloriaon TV when I was 12. It was on a lazy Sunday afteroon, I was sick and still in my pajamas and I started watching the film without paying much attention. Until she came on the screen. Then, I couldn’t even blink: I was hypnotised. I thought Gloria was fantastic, I wondered if I could ever meet a woman like Gloria. And when my fever dropped I saw it again and loved it even more. That’s when I fell in love with John Cassavetes’ Muse/widow. Then I saw Minnie and Moskowitz, Opening Night and mostly A Woman Under the Influence. I also saw her on TV from Columbo to Monk and NCIS; I still haven’t seen her as Betty Ford in the TV movie. I thought she was great in The Skeleton Key -a sadly underrated Southern gothic film also starring Kate Hudson- which I first saw when I was sick. Again! Gena Rowlands is a very gifted actress, she’s also underrated which is sad, but she seems to be happy with the films she’s made -and she can be proud- and she certainly made me happy; so I wish I could share and invite you to take a look at this naturally graceful woman’s very rich (quality wise) filmograhy.
[On A Woman Under the Influence] I knew many girls who had had breakdowns. I drew little touches from each of them and a lot from myself. I don’t mean I’m really going mad, but I’m a little crazy - we all are - and sometimes I let things go.