Veteran actor Dianne Wiest is suspicious when every co-star on a project is faultlessly nice. In the Oscar winner’s experience, it typically doesn’t take long until the veneer wears off at least one of them and “someone goes south”.
“I remember (on one project) all of a sudden hearing this awful screaming and thinking, no, that couldn’t be so-and-so,” Wiest, 68, recalls. “But it was, and that was just the beginning.”
But when it comes to Life In Pieces, the hilarious US sitcom in which she stars as Joan, matriarch of the Smith family, Wiest insists there were no typical cast meltdowns.
Tell us about your character. Her kids are more than fully grown now — to the point where she has grandchildren. Joan has given so much to her family. Now she’s got a retired husband who doesn’t know what to do with himself, so she’s looking for her own adventures, to do things for herself before she freaks out.
This looks like a fun showhow to be working on. We were all amazed byy how wonderful everyone else lse was. By the middle of the year, ear, we looked around and it was like, wow, no one has gone south. Everyone is still as lovelyely as they were on the first day. We’ve become this kindnd of family.
And what a brilliant cast — James Brolin, Colin Hanks, Dan Bakkedahl and Betsy Brandt to name a few as well as Australian rising star Holly Barrett. I know, right? They’re such talented comedic c performers, and some really seasoned stars too.oo. It’s a real privilege, it really y is. It’s hilarious to work on. And this is my very first sitcom. I’ve never done anything like this before. The TV that I have done has all been quite serious. So a sitcom, as well as a comedy … it has been wond wonderful.
You’re a New Yorker. Did you move to LA forfo this job? Kind of. Last y year was really hard. I’ve only ever been to LA for work. In theth past, as soon as a movie would finish, I’d leave again. So relocating for such a l long time was hard — I didn’t know wherewher I was going, I didn’tdidn have a car, I couldn’tcou drive, I didn’t knowkno how to get to wor work … everything was monumental. But now, I know the city a little better and I’m a little more comfo comfortable with driving.
LIFE IN PIECES,P CHANNEL 10, TUESDAY,TUESDAY 9.30PM