Laurie Metcalf On Greta Gerwig’s ‘Lady Bird’ Directing Snub And Being A Mom, Onscreen And Off

By Sonaiya Kelley
Los Angeles Times

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Actress Laurie Metcalf reacts to her 3rd Golden Globe nomination and shares her thoughts on the strong year it has been for female-driven films.

Los Angeles Times

Laurie Metcalf has two previous Golden Globe nominations for her Emmy-winning work on TV‘s “Roseanne” (which is set to return to the small screen next year). But this year she’s celebrating her first nomination for a film role, thanks to Greta Gerwig’s breakout indie “Lady Bird.”

The film, which has been burning up the box office in limited release, also scored nominations for best motion picture (comedy or musical), best screenplay and best actress, for star Saoirse Ronan.

Metcalf, who plays Ronan’s mother in the film, has also been racking up critics awards for her turn. But as well as “Lady Bird” has been doing, the film also suffered a mysterious snub when Gerwig was left out of the Globes best director race. She spoke to the Times by phone Monday.

Q: Good morning, how are you?

A: I’m doing well. It’s my morning carpool so I’m in the car.

Q: You were amazing in “Lady Bird.” Where did you draw inspiration for your performance from?

A: I drew it from Greta. I drew it literally from the script. She had everything in there that any actor could dream of. The themes were so well constructed, and because of that they just have a naturalness to them that was fun to play once we got on the set.

Q: How did you find out about your nomination and who is the first person you told?

A: This morning? Well, I woke up and I had a text from my best friend in Miami. So that was exciting but then I had to get my daughter’s lunch together [laughs]. And get in the car and pick up the other kids for carpool. So I really haven’t talked to anyone about it yet. My daughter knows, so that was cool. And then my other daughter actually did call me but I was in traffic so I couldn’t talk. And I just pulled into the “Rosanne” lot because we’re taping an episode of “Roseanne” this week and my son is working there, so I’ll tell him. [Laughs]

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