Emmy-Nominated Actress Ellen Burstyn: “I like to take on projects I don’t understand right away and present a challenge”

Ellen Burstyn and Heather Graham in Flowers in the Attic

It’s Emmys Week and Ellen Burstyn is nominated for a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for Flowers in the Attic. In a profile on the actress by Studio System News, Burstyn gave her thoughts on her Emmy-nominated role and what attracted her to acting early in her career.

The 82-year-old star mentioned that she rarely gets notes from a director anymore. She explained, “I usually bring in an interpretation of the role that directors appreciate, and for the most part they don’t interfere with it and it seems to work out all right.”

Even though she’s left to her own devices on set, Burstyn had a hard time connecting with her Flowers in the Attic role.

She said, “I like to take on projects I don’t understand right away and present a challenge. A woman who is cruel to her children and at the same time religious—I don’t quite understand that. To be in love with Jesus, who said love thy neighbor as thyself , I don’t know what that psychology is, so that’s what interested me. If there is something solvable but I don’t know how to solve it at the beginning, I find that challenging and exciting.”

Even with a career spanning almost seven decades, the Requiem for a Dream star shared why she started out in the entertainment field. Burstyn said, “It seems to be what I can do well. When you recognize what your talents are, a happy life is developing them to the greatest extent you can. Once I got involved in it and really started studying it with my teacher Lee Strasberg, it became the deepest exploration of the human psyche that I could imagine.”

The Primetime Emmys air on NBC on Monday, Aug. 25.

Leave a Reply

http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Chris-Evans-Captain-America.jpg
Chris Evans on the Challenges of Being Captain America Outside of Acting
"It's part of the job, I've got to sell this thing. But it's just a gross feeling. It makes me insecure."
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/julia-louis-dreyfus-veep.jpg
Julia Louis-Dreyfus: “Opportunity for women in television has increased. It’s because the landscape has widened”
"I did not come out of SNL as any kind of name. I didn’t do anything particularly great when I was there. I didn’t. It’s fine. But I learned a tremendous amount."
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Tituss-Burgess-Unbreakable-Kimmy-Schmidt.jpg
Tituss Burgess on How He Landed His ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ Role
Burgess reveals how his role on 30 Rock led to 'Kimmy Schmidt' and whether or not he'd consider returning to Broadway.
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Christine-Baranski-The-Good-Wife.jpg
Christine Baranski on the End of ‘The Good Wife’ and Going Back to Theatre
The final episode of The Good Wife airs on May 8, and it’s been several weeks since series star Christine Baranski shot the final episode with her co-stars. She spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about the end of the series she has spent the last seven years working on and what she plans to do […]
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/jake-gyllenhaal-demolition.jpg
Jake Gyllenhaal on ‘Demolition’, Working with Chris Cooper and Directors Who Want Nothing to Do With Him
"I think storytelling is the most important part of movie-making over performance." - Jake Gyllenhaal