A Minute With: Julianne Nicholson on drama, schizophrenia and Julia

Wed Jan 29, 2014 12:06pm EST
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By Piya Sinha-Roy

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - What would you do if you found yourself in the middle of a dinner table fight with Oscar-winning actresses Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts?

For actress Julianne Nicholson, it was a "dream come true" as she joined an all-star cast of Hollywood heavy-weights for the dark family drama "August: Osage County," which has earned both Streep and Roberts Oscar nods this year.

"I still don't really believe it, even though the proof is out there," Nicholson told Reuters with a laugh.

Nicholson, 42, has carved out a career on television, with long-running roles on "Ally McBeal," "Law and Order: Criminal Intent" and more recently, on HBO's "Boardwalk Empire" and Showtime's "Masters of Sex."

She has also starred in independent films including 2009's "Brief Interviews with Hideous Men" and 2012's "Keep The Lights On."

The actress will next be seen playing a schizophrenic mother on the Sundance Channel's new series "The Red Road", a gritty crime thriller exploring tensions between a small town community and a Native American tribe, premiering February 27.

At the Sundance Film Festival earlier this month, the actress spoke to Reuters in between parties for "The Red Road" about exploring drama on screen and who she really bonded with on "August: Osage County."

Q: You teamed up with a formidable cast on "August: Osage County" - who surprised you the most?   Continued...

Cast member Julianne Nicholson poses at the premiere of "August: Osage County" in Los Angeles, California December 16, 2013. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni