“She’s the glue and holds everybody together. They all spin around her. They all call her Chief, and she loves her boys,” explains Margo Martindale about her latest film role: Sally Hollar in “The Hollars.” In our recent chat (watch above), she adds, “She’s a very loving mother but not sappy and still flawed. She’s not domineering but carefully controlling.”
Actor-turned-director John Krasinski helmed the indie movie and played the lead role of John Hollar. His character returns home to visit his mother Sally who is in the hospital with a brain tumor. While the movie has light moments of family interactions, it covers serious territory with all of them contending with the major operation that could take her away from them. Co-stars include Richard Jenkins, Sharlto Copley, Anna Kendrick, Randall Park, Charlie Day, and Josh Groban.
The movie was released in August and will be out on DVD soon. One of Martindale’s favorite scenes to shoot was one in which mother and son plot to get her out of the hospital a day before the surgery to relieve the tension. She says, “We escaped the hospital for a while and it was wildly real laughing, going in and out of rooms. This movie felt like it happened to us and maybe more like a glimpse into a family.”
This past September, Martindale won her second straight Emmy Award as Best Drama Guest Actress for the FX spy drama “The Americans.” She confirms that her character of KGB handler Claudia will be back in a major way for next season. It was Martindale’s third career Emmy following one for Best Drama Supporting Actress in 2011 for “Justified.” She also earned a Tony Award nomination in 2004 as Best Featured Actress in a Play for “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.”
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