At almost 70 years young, Sally Field has no intention of slowing down, let alone thinking about retiring. Field is an actor and filmmaker with a 50-year career that includes two Oscars and many unforgettable performances and her latest will leave you riveted to the screen.
She can currently be seen playing the lead role in a wonderful new film called, Hello, My Name is Doris. It stars Field and Max Greenfield (New Girl) and it’s about an eccentric older woman and her relationship with a younger co-worker.
Hello, My Dame is Doris,” was written and directed by Wet Hot American Summer co-writer Michael Showalter and first premiered at the 2015 SXSW Film Festival. After it’s debut the city was all abuzz about Sally Field’s standout performance in the film.
The project marks a rare opportunity to see Field give her all to a lead role, which truthfully is one of the best and most eccentric roles of her career. Doris is a 60-year old woman who’s mother dies after living with and looking after her for years. The house is filled with junk and memories, but Doris cannot part with anything. She lives in Staten Island but takes the ferry to work every day to her job in New York. Then there are her clothes, which are vintage and completely eccentric but suit her perfectly. Things start to get interesting for Doris when a new employee shows up at the office (who happens to be about thirty years younger than her) who she immediately falls for him and fantasizes about them having a relationship together.
Working on this independent film was exhilarating for the actress. She completely collaborated on every aspect of the character with the director and was given complete freedom to do whatever she felt would make the character work. She came up with her hairdo imitating a Brigitte Bardot hairdo, with the big ribbon in it. She envisioned Doris picking odd looks from magazines so she and the costume designer went to countless thrift and vintage shops for her entire wardrobe.
As for working with Max Greenfield, Field says he was an absolute delight and she would have never been able to take on this role had he not made things so easy and comfortable for her. She had never seen his work on New Girl but started watching it once they met and is now a new fan.
Sally Field has been in the public eye since she was the teenaged star of Gidget and The Flying Nun on TV in the ‘60s. After her Emmy-Award winning performance in the TV movie Sybil in 1976 she became a bonified star, moving on to such films as Absence of Malice, Steel Magnolias, Places In The Heart (which earned Field a second Oscar), Not Without My Daughter and Lincoln, among many others. Field has also maintained her TV career with such series as ER and playing the matriarch in the hit TV series, Brothers & Sisters for five years.
It was a real thrill to get the opportunity to speak with Sally Field via satellite from New York about her new film and whether of not she might consider helming a TV series again.