Sigourney Weaver talks ‘Political Animals’ (video)

Political-Animals-Sigourney-WeaverWhy do Americans watch political dramas – especially during an election year? What kind of comment do they offer on the realities of campaigning and governance?

Perhaps the narrative of budget cuts and partisan acrimony is too just too grim for some viewers. Even the star of new USA Network mini-series “Political Animals” calls the fictional alternative “easier to watch.”

When asked how she felt about the ongoing campaigns, Sigourney Weaver (“Aliens,” “Gorillas in the Mist”) put it delicately: “I think it’s a pretty daunting thing to watch. It’s our dysfunctional political process front and center, and I actually think it’ll be one of the reasons people will tune into ‘Political Animals.’ As dysfunctional as we are, it’s fiction.”

The drama focuses on former first lady and current secretary of state Elaine Barrish Hammond (Weaver) and the internal dynamics of her family as they reenter the fray. In an interview with TIME editor Belinda Luscombe, Weaver discusses a range of other subjects as well: television, alternatives to drama school and work-life balance.

 “Working is much easier than being a parent. That’s what ‘Political Animals’ is also about. My character is much more efficient as secretary of state than she is as a mother.”

 “Political Animals” is set to premiere on July 15 in the Sunday, 10 p.m. slot.

Leave a Reply

http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/alison-brie-glow.jpg
Alison Brie on ‘Glow’: “I had to audition many times”
"Of course when you're told that they don’t think your right for it, I was even more fired up to prove them wrong." - Alison Brie on Auditioning for 'Glow'
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/anson-mount-inhumans.jpg
Marvel’s Inhumans: How Anson Mount Developed Black Bolt’s Communication
"I tend to be more interested in a character’s weaknesses than I do their strengths and in a comic book/graphic novel space, it’s easy to lose sight of that, you know?" - Anson Mount
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Jodie-Whittaker.jpg
Jodie Whittaker on Becoming the First Female Doctor Who
"To be asked to play the ultimate character, to get to play pretend in the truest form: This is why I wanted to be an actor in the first place." - Jodie Whittaker
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/watch-sag-conversations-with-act.jpg
Watch: SAG Conversations with Actors from Broadway’s ‘Hamilton’
The cast speaks about filling the big shoes of the original cast and performing in perhaps the most popular American musical in decades.
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/watch-sag-conversations-with-bil.jpg
Watch: SAG Conversations with Billy Bob Thornton of ‘Goliath’
Thornton talks about playing a character that some would say is fairly typical for him as well as his career as a whole.