"It's comforting," said the petite 54-year-old actress on a recent warm afternoon. "There is an extraordinary history here." And joining her on this trip is Isadora Duncan, her "little nutball of a dog," whom she adopted earlier this year. "I am a dog fanatic," she said loud and proud.
Clarkson — who earned a supporting actress Oscar nomination for her turn as an acerbic mother dying of cancer in 2003's "Pieces of April" and won
In the indie drama from first-time filmmakers Tom Dolby and Tom Williams, Clarkson plays Celia, the rather manipulative matriarch of a dysfunctional family who decides to have a reunion at the wealthy family's house on Lake Tahoe. But the well-planned weekend doesn't turn out quite as Celia has planned.
Clarkson also recently completed two other films, including "Learning to Drive," which is set for the
And in December, she'll return to Broadway after a 25-year absence in the revival of
Though you began your film career in big studio films like
No. I haven't sought out any of these parts. They come to me.
Ruba Nadda [the director of "Cairo Time"], I didn't know her. I got a call that a young Canadian filmmaker wants me to be the star of her film. I said, "Fabulous." She flew to New York.
Tom Dolby came to me.
I sat down with Tom and Tom Williams in Cafe Loup in New York City — my neighborhood haunt. I sit in my one booth there. That is where all my projects begin.
The lake house used in "Last Weekend" is the estate featured in
It's interesting. Cinema makes everything look much larger. The house is quite a modest house for a Lake Tahoe mansion. It is the views and the light that are the most memorable.
The house is an intrinsic part of this woman. Clearly, this house has meant so much to her. The film is about a woman who realizes she has to let go of everything in her life. At the end of the day, it is just a house.
Though she has a prickly relationship with her two sons, her husband seems to adore her.
Thank God she loves her husband. Usually women like this are having marital troubles. That is what I found refreshing about this story: She still has a great relationship with her husband. I think he has learned to deal with Celia in the most perfect way. He has figured out how to be a great husband to her.
You won two Emmy Awards for "Six Feet Under."
Do you know how many episodes I did? Seven. I would come in once or twice a season. I don't like playing any one character for an extended period of time. It doesn't set well with me.
So that's why "Elephant Man" is a limited engagement. Still, 25 years is a long time to stay away from Broadway.