Lois Smith Interview: ‘Marjorie Prime’ and ‘Lady Bird’
“I had never read anything quite like it,” reveals Lois Smith during our recent webcam chat (watch the exclusive video above) about “Marjorie Prime.” The actress reprised her role from the Pulitzer Prize-nominated play about a service that provides holographic recreations of deceased loved ones, allowing a woman (Smith) to come face-to-face with her late husband (Jon Hamm). Geena Davis and Tim Robbins co-star as her daughter and son-in-law. “I found it so rich and full of humanity,” adds Smith.
She reveals that playwright Jordan Harrison once told her he was “combining technology and humanity” in his original work. “I love it because of its people, its thoughtfulness about how we live and how we treat ourselves and each other, and what we remember.”
This year also found the legendary actress appearing in Greta Gerwig‘s “Lady Bird” as a friendly Catholic School nun. “It’s a pleasure to be in it,” praises Smith. Her 60-plus year film career kicked off with Elia Kazan‘s “East of Eden” (1955) and led to roles in “Five Easy Pieces” (1970) – which won her the National Society of Film Critics Award as Best Supporting Actress – “Fatal Attraction” (1987), “Fried Green Tomatoes” (1991), “Falling Down” (1993), “Dead Man Walking” (1995), “Twister” (1996), “The Pledge” (2001), “Minority Report” (2002), and “The Nice Guys” (2016).
Smith received a SAG film ensemble nomination for “How to Make an American Quilt” (1996) and a Critics’ Choice TV nomination for a memorable guest appearance on “The Americans” in 2015. Should she compete and win an Oscar for “Marjorie Prime,” she would be the oldest Academy Award winner ever at the age of 87 (although she faces competition for that record from Best Adapted Screenplay contender James Ivory for “Call Me By Your Name,” who just turned 89). She’s already received a Gotham nom this year as Best Actress for the film.