Glenn Close wins big with "Damages"

Tue Jan 13, 2009 4:31am EST
 
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By Matthew Belloni

NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - Glenn Close has been one of Hollywood's most respected actresses since bursting onto the scene in 1982's "The World According to Garp" and chilling audiences opposite Michael Douglas in 1987's "Fatal Attraction."

In recent years, the five-time Oscar nominee and three-time Tony winner has been making an impression as attorney Patty Hewes on FX's "Damages," a role for which Close won her first Emmy last year. The legal drama began its second season last week.

Close recently invited The Hollywood Reporter to her New York apartment to talk.

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER: YOU WERE OFFERED A ROLE AS A

PRODUCER ON "DAMAGES" BUT YOU TURNED IT DOWN. WHY?

Glenn Close: I've produced before. In some ways, I am the producer in that they wouldn't hire one of my major co-stars without me being happy about it. Because I'm very team oriented, it's important to me who everybody is and what kind of work they're doing. But I don't want that pressure (of producing).

HOW MUCH RESEARCH DID YOU DO TO PLAY PATTY HEWES?

Close: I met some key women who are at the top of their fields here in New York. They have the kind of intellect that I want (my character) to have. (But) I trust my writers. They're very assiduous about their legal stuff. When I'm working with them, what I love is really getting the precision of the (legal terminology) and then understanding it in a way that I can translate to the audience -- because if I don't understand it, they're not going to understand it.   Continued...

 
<p>Actress Glenn Close arrives to attend opening night of the play "Equus" at the Broadhurst Theater in New York September 25, 2008. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson</p>