Toni Collette on Her Varied Roles: “I want to try to create new characters. I would get bored otherwise”

toni-collette-enough-said

Actress Toni Collette has returned to Broadway for the first time in fourteen years in The Realistic Joneses, but it isn’t like she hasn’t been busy in the meantime. During that decade-plus Collette has starred in acclaimed films like The Hours, indie darlings like Little Miss Sunshine and TV series like United States of Tara and Hostages. You might not have realized it though because Collette has a habit of disappearing into her roles. She spoke about why she seeks out parts that she can delve into with The Wall Street Journal.

Collette has become known for playing varied character roles — in fact, that was the whole gimmick behind her Showtime series United States of Tara. Collette admits that seeking completely different roles fuels her as an actress, pointing out, “I want to try to create new characters. I would get bored otherwise. And I think it’s the great luxury of being in this position. When I first came to America, I had a manager in L.A., and I was being offered a few things and they were all very much in the same vein of Muriel’s Wedding. And there was something in me that knew not to go there. It’s very easy for people in this industry to be categorized or boxed in.”

Though many actors are noted for their willingness to undergo physical transformations for their roles (such as Christian Bale or Jared Leto), it’s a much rarer attribute for actresses. Colletee is one of the few “name” actresses who is not only willing, but sees it as a requirement. She explains, “Not every character I play will look like me, and I don’t always look like this, either. I want to create a character that feels real and has a certain element of truth. And not everyone looks like an actor. People are very varied in their appearance, and their appearance is usually an extension of how they feel internally. So depending on the story, I’ve done several things to help create the physical side of the character, as well as bring about some emotional truth and presence.”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

Latest Videos

http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/audition-tapes-gerard-butler-aud.jpg
Audition Tapes: Gerard Butler Auditions for ‘Dracula 2000′
Check out Gerard Butler auditioning for the role of Dracula in the movie, Dracula 2000. The film, about a group of thieves who break into a chamber expecting to find paintings, but instead find Dracula himself, also starred Christopher Plummer, Jonny Lee Miller and Nathan Fillion. Bulter has some sweet rock star hair, huh?   [...]
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/interview-matt-dillon-and-carla.jpg
Interview: Matt Dillon and Carla Gugino Talk ‘Wayward Pines’
FOX has a new limited-series that’s got a terrific cast and interesting premise. It’s called Wayward Pines and stars Matt Dillon, Carla Gugino, Melissa Leo, Toby Jones, Terrance Howard, Juliette Lewis, Tim Griffin and Shannyn Sossamon. The show, whose pilot was directed by M. Night Shyamalan, is about a Secret Service agent (Dillon) goes to [...]
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/interview-wayward-pines-stars-ti.jpg
Interview: ‘Wayward Pines’ Stars Tim Griffin and Shannyn Sossamon on the Show, Their Characters and More!
Griffin and Sossamonwere at Comic-Con where they sat in on some roundtable interviews to talk about the show.
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/interview-m-night-shyamalan-talk.jpg
Interview: M. Night Shyamalan Talks ‘Wayward Pines’ and Why He Expanded a Young Actors Role on the Show
I talked to Shyamalan at Comic-Con in a roundtable interview where he talked about the cast, what he learned from working in TV and how young actor Charlie Tahan started out with a small part but as the story grew, so did his role.
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/interview-wayward-pines-producer.jpg
Interview: ‘Wayward Pines’ Producers and Writer Talk Casting and the 10-Episode Format
FOX’s upcoming limited series Wayward Pines looks very cool. The show is supposed to be very Twin Peaks-ish in tone which, just hearing that, definitely sparks my interest. The pilot was directed by M. Night Shyamalan and stars Matt Dillon, Carla Gugino, Melissa Leo, Toby Jones, Terrance Howard and Juliette Lewis and is about a [...]