The 73rd annual Golden Globe Awards took place on Jan. 10, 2016, at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif. Here is what this Golden Globe winner said backstage in the Golden Globe Awards press room.
Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
This is a fan question from the Golden Globes Facebook page. What did you find most rewarding about working on this movie?
I think it made my heart grow so many sizes. There was such a sense of devotion that I had to have to go to work every day and everything I was doing was directed toward the boy who played my son. To work on a film where I was always worried about him and happy and felt comfortable and he was in a space that he felt creative in and watching him flourish with that made me so happy every day. That was enough.
Extraordinary performance, just a fabulous film. You talked about how interesting and how tough it was for you this whole awards process, the interviews and how many months it went on. What have you learned in this process and does tonight make it all seem worth it?
Well, it has all been so new to me, and I am not used to being in the cycle of talking about the same movie for as long as I have. The thing I found is that I have discovered the movie in many different ways, and it changed about three times in the eight months of press I have been doing. To find new meaning in this movie is absolutely incredible. Also someone who loves to be an introvert, being out in the world and seeing how a piece of art like this connects with so many people, although the fame part is scary, it is also warm and welcoming. You feel like you have a friend where you go and someone to connect with.
You received a lot of critical acclaim for “Room” and “Short Term 12.”What attracted you to these movies? They are not the usual Hollywood roles.
Well, the idea of someone sitting in a theater is very sacred to me. When I was growing up, that’s how I learned about the world, different cultures, different generations, different ways of being a woman. I believed every frame of every movie that I saw. As I got older I realized with movie making, we can trick people into anything we want. I feel a great sense of responsibility to tell things as honestly as I can and be as vulnerable as possible, because vulnerability is the strongest thing you can do.
I hope the films that I make, although you may be with 20 people, you are ultimately alone when you watch it and find ways to relate to people that you didn’t think you had anything in common with. These stories are much longer than I have a time frame for. They are a way we can process and make sense of this world and connect to it.
As an audience we were laughing out loud at you in “Trainwreck” and openly weeping with you in “Room.” How was that process for you?
I filmed “Trainwreck” before “Room” so it was a wonderful goodbye. I learned and really refined my sense of humor to that process and realized how valuable it was. It was those skills to take into “Room,” make sure I never got too deep or too dark. You can find ways to deal with conflict onset through humor that are much harder to do if you take them seriously.
So they have both been incredibly important to me in the way that their processes have given me so much and gotten me closer to myself. But laughter and tears are both release and incredibly valuable. I have learned so much from [“Trainwreck” co-workers] Amy [Schumer] and Judd [Apatow] and Bill [Hader] about how humor is so important as a way of release. I do love crying, too. So there will always be both.
This is your first major awards season. So what’s been the most fun part of it all for you?
There’s a lot of really incredible things. The conversations. I love conversations. So to have in-depth conversations with people that I admire so much, to do these roundtables with women who have gone down this road before me, they are so encouraging of new talent coming in, has been incredible. It feels like I am part of some tribe. It feels so good.
And it gets to be this awesome opportunity to see the work that you have done through the eyes of others. So “Room” meant something very specific to me, but through the experience of traveling and going to different countries, talking about it with different people, I can see how the same movie could mean something completely different to somebody else. Finding all these new meanings has been incredible.
How are you going to celebrate?
I feel like we will go get a burger or something now. He came and found me afterwards, and that touched me a lot. We have to cut a rug or something. We will go dancing. Knowing him, he’s with Will Smith, Amy Schumer starting a conga line. So I should get back to that.
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