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How are we going to see you in a different way in The Heidi Chronicles than we’ve ever seen you before?
It’s definitely the hardest thing that I’ve ever done, not only on stage, but in film and television, too. It’s definitely making me stretch in ways that I haven’t done before. I have a four-page monologue to the audience in the middle of it. I’ve never done that before, so that’s a challenge for me, and it’s a fear that I’m going to have to overcome.
Birdman just won best picture and it focused on a movie actor going to Broadway and having a bit of a meltdown. Did that portrayal scare you?
I didn’t see it, actually! One of my best friends just saw it, and I really wanted to see it, because it looks so great. But she advised me not to see while I was going to do this play on Broadway. I don’t know what happens in it, but she thought it would instill fear in me. I am disappointed that I can’t see it. But yes, it might make me more anxious than I need to be.
The 2015 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), presented by AT&T, today announced the World Narrative and Documentary Competition film selections, along with the films selected for the Viewpoints section, which recognizes fresh voices in international and American independent cinema. Fifty-one of the 97 feature-length titles were named as part of the film program of the Festival’s 14th edition.
Among the theater stars who who will appear in the line up are Cynthia Nixon, Elisabeth Moss, James Franco, Ed Harris and John Leguizamo.
The Festival also announced that AT&T will once again invite audiences to Festival screenings for free on Friday April 24 as part of AT&T’s “Film for All” Friday. TFF will take place from April 15 to 26 at locations throughout downtown Manhattan and will open with the documentary Live From New York!, an exploration of 40 years of American politics, tragedy, and popular culture through the comedic lens of “Saturday Night Live.”
JEREMY GERARD: Your producer, Jeffrey Richards, told me he was determined to revive The Heidi Chronicles and with you in the lead because he owed you one, for the trauma of Speed-The-Plow.
ELISABETH MOSS: Yeah, he brought it to me. I was very unfamiliar with Wendy. I don’t come from the theater world. But I practically said yes right away, because I knew what it was and I knew how big a deal it was that he was asking me to do.
43rd Annual Tony AwardsJEREMY GERARD: Wendy Wasserstein went on to write more plays before dying way too young, in 2006. But it was The Heidi Chronicles that turned the world upside down for a lot of women.
ELISABETH MOSS: We’ve been talking a lot about how these concepts and these themes at the time would have been brand new and how frickin’ ahead of our time she was.
JEREMY GERARD: The final scene, which I won’t give away but concerns a huge decision Heidi makes about the rest of her life, angered a lot of women and still is talked about today.
ELISABETH MOSS: This is something we’re aware of and it’s funny, because she wasn’t saying that everything is going to be okay now, that what happens in the last scene was going to fix everything. We do think that now her decision will actually be more understood because it’s so much more common now, another reason Heidi’s very ahead of her time. It was new.
AMC has set the return for its longtime hit “Mad Men,” for Sunday, April 5 at 10 p.m., the network announced during Saturday’s Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena.
Additionally, it has ordered miniseries, “Making of the Mob: New York,” and will co-produce a series adapted from John Le Carre‘s novel, “The Night Manager.”
Produced by Lionsgate, Emmy and Golden Globe-winning “Mad Men” returns for its final seven episodes in April.
“It’s kind of cool to pick up where Peggy leaves off,” Moss told EW. “Heidi is obviously younger than Peggy. She’s another, younger generation, so she’ll be exploring what it is to be a woman in the decades after we leave Peggy. I never intended to play Peggy as someone in the ’60s. I always wanted her to be really identifiable and really modern and I feel the same way about Heidi. Even though it is set in periods, I feel like she’s such a modern woman and she’s so identifiable.”
The Heidi Chronicles follows its protagonist Heidi Holland from 1965 to 1989. Heidi, an art historian, grapples with society’s and her own expectations of how women are supposed to lead their lives and achieve happiness. “That concept of ‘having it all’ is so timeless and it’s something that of course women deal with today everyday, and it’s relevant to women of any age,” Moss said.