Beth Grant

One friend said, “Donnie Darko movie was weird!” And I thought, “Hmm. I don’t think we’re as good of friends as I thought.” It’s not like I disliked him for it; it just meant we weren’t on the same page I thought we were. Because I can’t imagine watching that film and not being moved to tears.

I love Child’s Play 2! That movie has a great theme: You better listen to children. That’s why I wanted to do it. I was scared to do a horror movie – a blatant, studio horror movie – but I liked the script, and I thought that was such an important theme, because I don’t think adults listen to children enough.

The Coen brothers: Of all the directors I’ve worked with, they’re the only ones who have given me the storyboards attached to the script. It was very cool for me, because I knew when I was in close-up or if it was far away, and it also made me know that anything that happened in the edit wasn’t personal. Because they edit their own movies, so they were editing it as they went.

I love Fargo, I love all of them, but Miller’s Crossing just happens to be my favorite. When I heard Coen brothers were doing No Country For Old Men, I thought, “This is it. This is their masterpiece. This is going to be the one, because it’s going to bring every element together.” I just had a feeling about it.

I love Maude Pearson character from Agel. I love that she walls her son up because he has a girlfriend! In fact, I have that clip on my reel – her walling him up and saying, “What are you going to do about that streetwalker now? You belong to me! What are you going to do?” And did you know the ghost mom has her own Angel trading card?

My daughter loved All About Steve movie, because she’s 6 feet tall and she’s different. And I got a lot of great e-mails from people who are different. I’m a gay icon. I’ll just say it. That’s what they say to me, so I’ll accept it. I got so many e-mails saying that it meant so much to those people. My daughter said, “They didn’t like it just because she didn’t get the guy! If they had lived happily ever after, people would have liked that movie.”

I never heard Coen brothers get defensive, ever. You get with these filmmakers doing the hardest work in the world, and they’re not defensive. They’re happy together, they crack jokes together, they have different opinions – and it doesn’t bother them that they have different opinions. So no wonder their work is so good, because you’re getting two for the price of one.

I love to take chances. I love first-time directors. I love super-low-budget movies. I’ve done 80-something movies, and I want to just keep experimenting. First-time directors have new, fresh ideas, and lot of times they’re risking a lot to do it, so it means so much to them. They’re not just hired; they have their heart on the line, because if you’ve gone that far, you’re probably a very passionate person.

Everything I’ve done hasn’t worked out – you know, some things aren’t as great as others – but I’m having so much fun, who cares? Isn’t that what an artist is supposed to do? We’re trying to change the world. Otherwise, why be an artist? You want to shake people up and make ’em think.

I have such a great thing I want to do with Lady Macbeth – make her one of the witches – and I have this whole thing where she’s very light and dressed in pink and dancing Gaelic dances and throwing roses, but then when her husband’s coming home, she does incantations and pulls her hair back, puts on a black leather trenchcoat. I mean, I could tear it up if somebody would give me the chance! But do you think someone would ever let me do Lady Macbeth? I doubt it. But I’m going to keep talking about it.

I’ve workshopped Medea where I have goddesses, and I’m naked onstage and painted gold, and talking in tongues, and the goddesses come and dress me, and Hecate arrives and fills me with the power to go kill the children so I can send them to the afterlife and do this for all women. They’ve never done a Medea like that. They’re cheating themselves by not letting me do these roles.

The book by William Goldman, Adventures In The Screen Trade, great, awesome book. He talks about this very thing – that you can’t get a star to do a part that’s not what their public expects. And Sandy’s Bullock not like that. She’s taken a lot of chances over the years. And Patrick Swayze certainly wasn’t like that. But I mean, maybe that is true. Maybe that’s exactly why they didn’t like All About Steve.