The Oscar-nominated actor is about to star in both TV comedy-drama Girlfriends, and alongside Jake Gyllenhaal in Stronger, a film about the Boston Marathon bombing. She talks about working with Weinstein and why molted love to return to SNL
‘I‘m not known as a commercial-grade sister ,” says Miranda Richardson, matter-of-factly.” But actually I pondered, well, why the hell not do this for a minute, and see if I can hack it ?” Richardson is talking about her upcoming primetime ITV comedy-drama Girlfriends, the most recent from Kay Mellor, which follows three lifetime pals as they navigate their 50 s together. But we’re also here to talk about Stronger, a weighty real-life theatre about Jeff Bauman( give full play to Jake Gyllenhaal ), who lost his legs in the Boston Marathon bombings. Richardson is a tour de force as Jeff’s mother, Patty, a meddling, needy liquor who fights to let go of her son. The movie is picking up some Oscar buzz.
” Well, everybody’s doing everything now, as we know ,” she shrugs.” I’ve always thought of work like that. And because we don’t have a thriving movie industry now, you’ve got to move about a bit .” To say Richardson, 59, has moved about a bit is an understatement. She’s one of “the worlds largest” acclaimed British performers of the last four decades, with fantastic collection. She has been nominated for an Oscar, won two Golden Globes, been in Hollywood blockbusters, daft-as-a-brush British sitcoms, indie films, prestige TV, an deluge of theater, hosted Saturday Night Live and experienced time in between to learn how to study birds of prey, for which she has had a lifelong love.
Today, after sitting down to watch Girlfriends with the casting and a handful of columnists, she’s on fine figure, effusive and candid, and with her shaggy blonde fuzz and pitch-black patent fur, she has the examine of a 70 s stone whiz, a little Chrissie Hynde, a bit Deborah Harry. Her honour as an interviewee is that she can be wintry, and she surely has a no-nonsense briskness to her, but it is more attractiveness than equivocal. In fact, she is a lot easier to talk to than I had thoughts. “Why?” she snarls, suspiciously. Well, in some interviews I’ve read, you have come across as a little curt.” Well, they probably asked me themes I didn’t want to answer. I think I’m perfectly affectionate !”