Kathleen Turner's Secret? Rage!

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Speaking to New York Magazine contributing editor David Marchese, actor Kathleen Turner revealed what’s been motivating her all these years:


And by that she meant:

I’m fuckin’ angry, man.



She also had this to say about starring opposite Nicholas Cage in 1986's Peggy Sue Got Married, for which she received an Oscar nomination:

Listen, I made it work, honey.

Beyond the gasp-inducing sound bites, though, lies a lot of insight into the mind of a woman who went from being revered as a sex symbol to reviled for being a “nightmare” on set.


On gaining a reputation for being “difficult” to work with, Turner said:

The ‘difficult’ thing was pure gender crap. If a man comes on set and says, ‘Here’s how I see this being done,’ people go, ‘He’s decisive.’ If a woman does it, they say, ‘Oh, fuck. There she goes.’

Perhaps it helped that, early in her career, she decided that she’d rather be a good actor than be liked.

My first Broadway show was Gemini in ’78. I played this spoiled white girl whose boyfriend is struggling with whether or not he’s gay. She can’t handle that, and at the top of the second act there was a scene where she’s saying how wrong it all is. I was not doing the scene well and I didn’t know why. Then it hit me: I’m afraid that the audience is going to think that I’m like this character. I didn’t want people to think that I was this stuck-up, privileged white girl. But there’s the choice: Do you want the audience to like you or do you want to be a good actor? That’s an easy choice for me.

Read the rest of the interview on Vulture, and please feel free to stan forever if you aren’t already.

Contributor, Jezebel



I’ll give you an example, but you mustn’t include her name. [Very famous Hollywood actress] has played the same role for 20 years. She even looks pretty much the same. She’s probably one of the richest women out there, but I would shoot myself if I were like that, only giving people what they expect.

This is Julia Roberts and nothing you can say will convince me otherwise.