The actress roundtables for awards season from The Hollywood Reporter are always the most interesting, most informative and most engaging and this year is no different.
With female-led films and rich supporting characters, 2018 has been a superb year for women in film and this year’s roundtable has gathered some of the year’s best for a conversation not simply about their craft but what it means to be a woman, in Hollywood and the world.
Below are highlights of this season’s actress roundtable led by THR’s Matt Belloni and featuring Glenn Close (The Wife), Kathryn Hahn (Private Life), Nicole Kidman (Boy Erased and Destroyer), Regina King (If Beale Street Could Talk), Lady Gaga (A Star Is Born) and Rachel Weisz (The Favourite).
Glenn Close on the best advice she’s ever been given: “Don’t compare your career to anyone else’s.”
Kathryn Hahn on films she wants to make: “Hyper specific, human, human stories. That’s what I’m excited about.”
Nicole Kidman on the mothers in Boy Erased and Destroyer: “In both, they’re both looking to heal what they’ve done to their child, which I find, that just gets me.”
Regina King on Barry Jenkins: “He is one of the most gracious human beings I’ve ever met. I learn something from him every time I’m in his presence.”
Lady Gaga on creating her character Ally in A Star Is Born: “For many years I have created characters for myself because I did not make it as an actress…they were always related to a woman I wanted to sing to.”
Rachel Weisz: “Young girls can see where a woman takes the central role, where she’s not peripheral to the story, she’s driving the story, where you as a kid can say ‘oh, that’s me.'”