MAEROSE TO MORTICIA, THIS BEWITCHING HOLLYWOOD ROYAL PROVES THAT INGENUES
ANJELICA, I FOUND THIS HILARIOUS QUOTE OF YOURS THAT REFERS TO THE DERANGED
PERSONALITY OF AN ACTRESS AND I WAS WONDERING: SINCE YOUVE PLAYED
EVERYTHING FROM MORTICIA ADDAMS TO THE GRIFTERS MURDEROUS LILY
TO THE MYSTERIOUS CARDIOLOGIST IN CLINT EASTWOODS NEW BLOOD WORK,
DO YOU WORK OUT YOUR DERANGED ISSUES THROUGH YOUR ROLES?
Definitely. (laughs) For me the landscape of the human personality is maybe
not the most beautiful thing, but by far the most interesting, and Ive
always somehow had the ability to get a picture in my head of somebody and
be able to enter into their skin. My latest is Sonya, Animal Planet's
pet psychic, with whom Im just obsessed. (laughs) Now, theres
no other profession in the world thatallows you to become obsessed with Sonya
and then DO something
about it. (lights a cigarette) Plus, they pay you, which is a wonderful bonus.
THOUGH WITH YOUR INCREDIBLY CLASSY RESUME,
NEVER SEEMED ONE TO JUST TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN.
theres a herpes monster in [1984s] The Ice Pirates, and
that might drop your jaw a little, but I thank youits hard
for me to do stuff that I dont believe in. Plus, I work with good directors,
so theres that much less of a chance of falling into a dark pit of embarrassment.
CERTAINLY DIDNT HAPPEN WHEN YOUR FATHER, JOHN HUSTON, DIRECTED YOU TO
YOUR OSCAR IN PRIZZIS HONOR. THOUGH YOU WERE 34 AND WE ONLY KNEW
YOU AS JACK NICHOLSONS GIRLFRIEND, YOU BECAME AN OVERNIGHT
felt ready and rested, and I loved having that very healthy bad side that
Maerose didcause, you know good and sweet parts are lovely
but I was NEVER an ingenue.
IN FACT WITH THE ADDAMS FAMILY, THE WITCHES, AND EVER AFTER,
YOUVE BEEN CALLED THE HIGH PRIESTESS OF WICKED WITCHDOM.
wicked witchdom is awful funits an opportunity to get rid
of all that horrible stuff. In fact, I think Im particularly NICE in
real life when Im playing a witch. (laughs)
I HAVE NOTICED THAT IN BOTH ADDAMS FAMILY FILMS AS WELL AS YOUR OWN
AGNES BROWNE, YOU SEEM AWFULLY COMFORTABLE IN A GRAVEYARD.
love a graveyard! I spent many days [growing up in Galway] rambling around
Irish graveyardsI just feel settled there. And my father is at
the Hollywood Memorial, and I love to go down there.
CHILDREN EVER SEE YOU AND RUN SCREAMING?
but they DO give me a look. Actually, a year after The Withces I had
this apex experience when I went to San Sebastian for the film festival: I
looked out my hotel window and there were about a hundred little girls and
later I came out and I realized they were all six-year-old Witches
fans with little dark circles painted under their eyes and they were all there
AS THE THIRD GENERATION OF A LEGENDARY HOLLYWOOD DYNASTY, CAN YOU SUM UP EVIL
OLD LA-LA-LAND AND YOUR PLACE IN IT, PLEASE.
(long pause) I feel like its a big ocean, full of bottom feeders, midlevel
fish, the occasional shark, and some wonderful savvy whales, the elders, and
the ones who guide you on your way. If youre lucky enough, you get to
be a dolphin and have your waves broken by the passage of these elders before
you, but at the same time, you get an occasional shark bite in the tail and
maybe one of the bottom feeders comes up and takes a little nibble. But I
see myself as cresting a series of waves, dipping down, sometimes, lower than
Id like, but mainly kind of happily staying above. (smiles and takes
a long drag of her cigarette) And, of course, I try to avoid the fishnets.
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