Actress Julia Ormond returns to spotlight

Thu Apr 30, 2009 5:14pm EDT
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By Jill Serjeant

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - You might have missed Julia Ormond among the high-tech wizardry and Brad Pitt buzz in "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" last year, but the British actress isn't complaining.

The movie, in which Ormond plays the journal-reading grown daughter of Pitt and a dying Cate Blanchett, was one of a slew of movies last year that marked something of a comeback for the actress who was catapulted to Hollywood fame 15 years ago only to find herself in box-office flops like "Sabrina" and "First Knight" soon after.

After lowering her profile and working on anti-slavery and trafficking causes, fans are seeing more of Ormond, 44, on U.S. television and with the May 1 DVD release of "Benjamin Button".

Ormond, who is currently playing Deputy Inspector Gillian Whitford on "CSI:NY", talked to Reuters about returning to the celebrity spotlight.

Q; What was it like for you doing "Benjamin Button", given the fact you were not part of mainstream plot.

A: "I was isolated. We did two weeks shooting at the end of the film with Cate and director David Fincher. But it was appropriate for the role. When we did the publicity and I was interacting more with the cast, it was like seeing these characters coming out of a book and walking around in real life. It was like a kid's experience of going to Disneyland."

Q: Were you disappointed that the movie did not do so well in the awards seasons despite all the nominations.

A: "No I wasn't. You hope that if people are nominated they are going to win but I don't think anybody I encountered expected to win. The presumption around buzz is that the people who the buzz is about have the same expectations. That is not actually the case! The real thing you take away is the experience of making the film, and then what happens is that for years people will come up and say 'That movie really moved me.' There is lots of long-term payoff for me."   Continued...

<p>British actress Julia Ormond gestures as she poses during a photocall to promote her film "La Conjura de El Escorial" in Madrid September 4, 2008. REUTERS/Sergio Perez</p>