Big Screen Leading Ladies front The Hollywood Reporter's Actress Issue
They are a few of the most well known female stars in the filming industry these days, and now The Hollywood Reporter has hand selected Julia Roberts, Oprah Winfrey, Octavia Spencer, Octavia Spencer, Emma Thompson, and Lupita Nyong'o to front the 2013 Actress issue.
During their interview with the publication, the ladies shared their experiences in Hollywood including handling stress while on set and raising children while having an acting career.
Check out GossipCenter's recap of the ladies' Q&A session below. For more, be sure to visit The Hollywood Reporter!
On her career after becoming a mom:
"Well, it certainly decreased a great deal, but I had been working for 18 years when i had Hazel and Finn almost nine years ago. So I felt like I earned that time in my house and in my kitchen and in bed all day with these two little people. I felt that was my present to myself. I was fortunate to work a lot, and I worked hard, and I was very devoted to that, and then I earned this jewel box of a life that I felt completely entitled to. It still is really important, but it has made me take more things into consideration."
On her memorable moment on "The Color Purple" set:
"So that night, i was in my motel room crying. [Actor] Adolph Caesar heard me on the other side of the wall. He comes and knocks on the door, and says, 'What is all of this goddamn noise?' He gave me the greatest acting lesson. He said: 'You need to learn to give yourself over to the character. Let the character take control. And if she wants to cry, she'll cry, and if she doesn't, not even Steven Spielberg can make her.'"
On her excitement for women on the big screen:
"Well, you have a fresh crop of female writers, and men are writing better parts for women and realizing that women can open films. I think we're making strides. We're not there yet, but I'm really excited about the past couple of years."
On her approach to auditioning:
"I've been on so many auditions, I started treating it as my acting class. I would just pretend I was shooting the scene because I figured I had to learn from it. But the problem was, then I thought I could experiment, and so I just did some really dumb things. I would go in and wear costumes, take props. I think sometimes they just thought I was mad."
On her godfather's acting tips:
"My godfather was a sort of writer, philosopher, gay man, extraordinary, and he was a director of theater, and he gave my mum a piece of advice. I think it applies to everything. He said, 'Onstage, imagine you've got a fire burning in your dressing room.' There's something going on elsewhere; it takes your mind off acting."
On her career advice:
"My teacher at Yale, Ron Van Lieu, once said, 'It feels like it's all about you, but it's not about you at all. It's about the person you're playing.' And that always helps me get out there and do the thing I've been hired to do. I am fighting for what my character wants, and if I'm pursuing that, then I'm good."
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