I’ve al­ways felt like an out­sider

De­spite 40 years’ worth of mem­o­rable roles, Glenn Close re­mains the liv­ing ac­tor who has had the most Oscar nom­i­na­tions with­out ever win­ning. Ben­jamin Lee meets her, and asks whether The Wife may be the film to change all that

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these things un­less you just want to get richer? It’s mind-bog­gling to me. I think the scary thing is we’ll all get to a point when you just don’t want to hear about it any more – that’s the dan­ger. I know who my rep­re­sen­ta­tives are and I think the best thing to do is just calmly write let­ters, write let­ters, write let­ters. You can’t just scream and say this is aw­ful; you have to very qui­etly say: ‘Well let’s get rid of him.’”

Close’s com­mit­ment to wider so­cial change re­mains a con­stant in her life, along­side a tire­less work ethic that, in the past year, has seen her shoot­ing an Ama­zon pilot (“A char­ac­ter like I’ve never played be­fore”); play­ing a vil­lain in the dystopian Net­flix thriller What Hap­pened to Mon­day; tak­ing on parts in come­dies Bas­tards and The Wilde Wed­ding; and repris­ing her role as Norma Des­mond in the Broad­way mu­si­cal ver­sion of Sun­set Boule­vard. The lat­ter is a char­ac­ter who re­mains dear to her and one that she’s set to take on again in a new bigscreen adap­ta­tion. “We’re wait­ing for the fi­nal con­tracts to be signed and it’s pretty hairy!” she says. “I hear from my agent closer, closer; and I hear from the di­rec­tor who wants to do it, closer closer. It’s a pro­found story and has huge res­o­nance to­day.”

While Close’s packed ca­reer is in no need of an added val­i­da­tion, an Oscar would still be an ap­pre­ci­ated, and un­ex­pected, cherry on top. “I’ve al­ways felt like I’m an out­sider look­ing in and I guess that’s why some­thing like an Oscar would mean a lot be­cause of that feel­ing,” she tells me. “It’s the most val­ued recog­ni­tion you can get, cer­tainly in film, and hav­ing been do­ing it for so long, it would mean a lot to me.”

The down­side? All those par­ties …

The Wife is screen­ing at the Toronto film fes­ti­val; a UK re­lease date is yet to be con­firmed Close en­coun­ters … (left, in­set) with Jonathan Pryce in The Wife; and (left to right) Fa­tal At­trac­tion; Danger­ous Li­aisons; Dam­ages; and 101 Dal­ma­tians

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