The Oscar winner, 68, stars as an enigmatic priest in ensemble thriller Bad Times at the El Royale alongside Jon Hamm, Chris Hemsworth and Dakota Johnson.
What intrigued you about this film?
It’s the kind I enjoy seeing myself, where you think you’ve got it figured out but you haven’t.
You grew up in Hollywood. What words of wisdom did your parents, Dorothy and Lloyd Bridges, have?
I remember going off to do a movie when I was still living at home and, as I was getting into my car, my mother would give me a hug and say, “Now Jeff, don’t take any of this too seriously and have fun.” I still think of that often. My wife will give me that same direction even now as I go off to a movie, because no matter how many times I’ve heard it, I still get anxious.
After all these years?
Sure, especially if it’s a project I think is good. You want to do that story justice.
What advice did your father have?
He loved acting. When he came on set he had such joy and was so excited. That is contagious. That’s the greatest thing I learned from my dad.
Do you have a motto for life?
“Love” comes to mind. That sums it up.
“He is flawed and very interesting,” Bridges says of his El Royale character.