Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama
BEST ACTRESS ‑ MOTION PICTURE, DRAMA
GLENN CLOSE , “THE WIFE”
GLENN CLOSE: Thank you. Thank you. Oh, my gosh. I’m just ‑‑ thank you so much, Hollywood Foreign Press. This is such a great honor. And I’m so honored to be with my category sisters. And we’ve gotten to know each other a little bit so far, and I can’t wait to spend more time with you. I’m so ‑‑ everything that you did this year ‑‑ or what you’re here for is ‑‑ we all should be up here together. That’s all I can say. Oh, my God. I just don’t believe it. I want to thank Meg Wolitzer for writing this incredible novel and Jane Anderson for adapting it. Rosalie Swedlin and Claudia Bluemhuber for their passion. It took 14 years to make this film. And I was attached to it, thanks to my wonderful Kevin Huvane and Franklin Ludd, who were behind me and said, “Yes, this is a great story, and we need to stay with it until it happens.” And, you know, it was called “The Wife.” I think that’s why it took 14 years to get made. But anyway, to play a character is so internal. And I’m thinking of my mom, who really sublimated herself to my father her whole life. And in her 80s she said to me, “I feel I haven’t accomplished anything.” And it was so not right. And I feel what I’ve learned through this whole experience is that, you know, women, we’re nurturers. That’s what’s expected of us. We have our children. We have our husbands, if we’re lucky enough, and our partners, whoever. But we have to find personal fulfillment. We have to follow our dreams. We have to say, “I can do that, and I should be allowed to do that.” So I ‑‑ you know, when I was little, I felt like Mohammad Ali, who was destined to be a boxer. I felt destined to be an actress. I saw the early Disney films and Hayley Mills, and I said, “Oh, I can do that.” And here I am today. It will have been 45 years in September that I am a working actress, and I cannot imagine a more wonderful life. Thank you, Björn Runge, who is here, who directed “The Wife,” who trusted the close‑up, who knew where to put the camera and how to light us. Jonathan Price, what a great partner. My daughter Annie, who laid the foundation of this character. I love you, my darling. Thank you so much.
MS. CLOSE: Hello.
Q. What initially attracted you to this character?
MS. CLOSE: Because I had never played a character like her before who chose to be in the background. In many scenes she didn’t talk at all, and yet obviously she had a very, very active — in her life, in many way, she existed in her head. I was fascinated by that.
Also I had to answer for myself why she didn’t leave him. I thought that would be the easy question. And I thought all the women in the audience would just jump up and say leave him. It was much more complicated and finding that and finding the reasons why they had this long, complex, I thought very real marriage was a great process in this film.
Q. Congratulations on your performance. One of the best and one of the very best films of the year and needs to be seen by more people.
MS. CLOSE: There’s our director right there. He trusted the close-up. He knew how to light them, and he knew how to put the camera. He said do you trust me, yes. I said do you trust me, yes. That’s how we made this.
Q. In some scenes it is just your eyes. There’s so much behind this. I am wondering if you looked at any silent screen classics for your inspiration? And tell us about your mother.
MS. CLOSE: I didn’t do any silent screen research. I never thought of that for her.
You know, I work really in my imagination and to imagine myself in those scenes thinking the thoughts that that character would be thinking. I think it resonated on film.
Q. Expand on your mom.
MS. CLOSE: My mom and my dad got married when they were 18 years old. My dad went off to the war. My mom, actually, she never went to college. She started having children very early. She had a great artistic mind. She was very good at art herself.
My dad went on to be a surgeon and to really be the — she, you know — she always said I made a vow, and I am going to stay in this. I can’t say that it was fulfilling for her for the potential that she had. When she said to me, I feel like I haven’t accomplished anything, of course as her child you say no, no, no, that’s not true. You have children and we love you and you have supported your husband all these years.
But I understood what she meant because there’s another part of you that has nothing to do with who’s in your life, everything to do with what’s in your heart and what’s in your soul and what feeds you and makes you feel that you are giving an important contribution to your life. So I am holding this — I hold her in my heart. I’m very moved to get this award for this particular story for her sake.
Q. You kind of stole my question because I wanted to know what you said to your mother in that conversation. But also if you could broaden that conversation to women who may have been watching tonight and wondering what the first step is to broaden their interests, what would that be?
MS. CLOSE: Obviously it would entail evaluating their relationship and how fulfilled they feel. I think if you, of course, men want to support — I think it starts with real self-reflection. And then you have to figure out how to articulate what your dreams are. I am talking about people who have been in a certain life for a certain amount of time. It is not too late. It is not too late to follow your dream, and hopefully find support in that with people who love you.
Q. Glenn, it feels like the tide is finally changing for women over 40. Can you explain what you think about that?
MS. CLOSE: I love what Jamie Lee Curtis said tonight. I think it is changing. The advantage of all the places where these wonderful stories are being told now is a whole different landscape. You all know that, obviously, and there’s so much content and wonderful people working across all — what is the word — I can’t think.
Yes, so I think we are getting to a point where women are taking control and developing — starting production companies and nurturing stories that will give them good roles themselves and good roles for women. And I really long for the day when it is not a woman’s movie, just a good movie, that it is not characterized by that. I am very excited about what’s to come and all the different adventures and possibilities, yes.