A Minute With: Glenn Close, back on "Damages"

Thu Jan 21, 2010 9:57am EST
Email This Article |
Share This Article
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
| Print This Article | Single Page
[-] Text [+]

By Jill Jacobs

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - With a career spanning more than three decades, Glenn Close is one of the most respected and versatile actors of her generation, creating a myriad of unforgettable roles on stage and screen.

Now she's back on television, playing high-profile litigator, Patty Hewes, on "Damages'" which begins its third season January 25. on U.S. cable TV network FX.

Close, who has earned two consecutive Emmy awards and a Golden Globe for the role, depicts a complex woman -- in control, yet always with a hint of vulnerability.

She spoke to Reuters about the show, her passion for animals and her latest role as America's most visible advocate for people suffering from mental illness.

Q: You recently said the writers of "Damages" have "outdone themselves." What can fans expect in season No. 3?

A: "I think one of the reasons people are insanely tied to this show is because of the outstanding writing. This season they've created an intriguing story line based on a kind of Madoff-like Ponzi financial scheme where Patty plays a court appointed lawyer trying to recover any hidden money. We also have this amazing group of actors -- Lily Tomlin, Martin Short, Len Cariou, Campbell Scott. It's just fun and its quite dark."

Q: Is Patty modeled after anyone we may know?

A: "The woman I have gone on record crediting is Patricia Hines. Whenever she steps into a courtroom she knows without a doubt she's done more homework than every other person in the room. She prepares for trials by personally reading more than 10,000 documents and then presents her closing arguments extemporaneously. I love that kind of sheer intellectual capacity and voracious curiosity."   Continued...