Glenn Close says she can’t relate that much to her character in the Swedish-British drama, The Wife, in which she plays the titular character.
In the movie based on Meg Wolitzer’s best-seller, Close’s character is married to an author (Jonathan Pryce), who she decides to leave on the eve of his Nobel Prize presentation to finally pursue her own writing.
“I have been pursuing my own dream since I was little,” said the six-time Oscar-nominated actress, 70, decked out in a black gown and diamonds on The Wife’s TIFF red carpet Thursday night.
“I wasn’t in the kind of situation that she was. I could say that my mother might have been. My father was a very, very charismatic man. And my mother had huge talents of her own but she always sublimated herself to my dad and I wondered if she had felt more comfortable with pursuing her own gifts what a different life she might have had.”
Still, Close thinks her character’s predicament will resonate with viewers.
“It kind of expresses, mirrors the situation that many, many women have been in,” said the actress. “And I have to tell you, being here and feeling people’s response really means a lot because you’re out there and you’re trying to create something, to have something so wonderfully welcomed really means a lot.”
Close has been getting some awards buzz for her performance but says, “I don’t believe in things like that until they actually happen, so who knows?”
Otherwise, the movie marks the first time Close’s actress-daughter, Annie Starke (also on the TIFF red carpet in vibrant orange), has appeared in one of her mother’s films — she was previously and briefly in a TV movie with her — although they have no scenes together in The Wife as she plays the younger version of Close’s character.
GERE FINDS COMMUNITY: Richard Gere, who plays a therapist to three paranoid schizophrenic patients (Peter Dinklage, Bradley Whitford, Walton Goggins) who believe they are Jesus, in the dark comedy Three Christs, said the role appealed to him because it was rooted in reality.
“It was real characters, it was real emotions,” Gere told reporters on the Three Christs TIFF red carpet on Thursday night.
“You know you make a movie, kind of to find out why you wanted to make the movie and in the process I realized it was a movie about creating a village, creating community, creating trust, and these are very extreme people, including me, and I was a shrink. Extreme people who are able to find a way to lean towards trust, lean towards kindness, lean towards love and affection and inclusion.”
Directed-co-produced and co-written by Jon Avnet (Fried Green Tomatoes), Three Christs is based on social psychologist Milton Rokeach’s 1964 book The Three Christs of Ypsilanti.