“I really think it helped to have a theater background. I think it’s the best training in the craft of acting that one can have,” reveals Glenn Close about her teaming up with fellow Tony Award winner Jonathan Pryce as a married couple in “The Wife.” Close has already won a Golden Globe, SAG Award and Critics’ Choice Award for her role as Joan Castleman in the Sony Pictures Classics film. Watch the exclusive video interview above.
The victory from Screen Actors Guild voters was announced just this past Sunday. Close had won on the TV side for “The Lion in Winter” at the 2005 ceremony but this trophy was the first for a feature film. Of that moment she says, “That’s a really special one to be a part of, I have to say. It’s all my peers, my fellow actors. It’s one of the happiest evenings for me because I love what I do. Everybody has been in the trenches and everybody knows what it means to be recognized for work.”
The movie begins as Joseph (Pryce) and his wife Joan (Close) find out he has won the Nobel prize in literature. They travel to Stockholm for the ceremony as the audience sees more and more about the fractured relationship between the two of them. By the end of the movie, it is revealed that Joan has actually been writing much if not all of Joseph’s works during his career.
In addition to the wins already achieved, Close is now also competing for the seventh time at the Academy Awards and second time at BAFTA, with no victories so far from either group. She was nominated at both for “Dangerous Liaisons” (1988), and her five additional Oscar bids were for “The World According to Garp” (1982), “The Big Chill” (1983), “The Natural” (1984), “Fatal Attraction” (1987) and “Albert Nobbs” (2011).
For our chat, Close discusses her first time attending the Oscars ceremony very early in her career after only doing stage work before that. She also gives details about her banner year in 1984 when she had the second Oscar nomination, an Emmy nom for “Something About Amelia” and a Tony win for “The Real Thing.” She teases the possibility of a movie version of her Tony-winning Broadway musical “Sunset Boulevard.”
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