April 2nd, 2010       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

NPR‘s “Fresh Air” has a currently featured interviewed with Toni Collette ready for download on their website. Australian actress Toni Collette adopted a Philadelphia accent when she played Haley Joel Osment’s mother in M. Night Shyamalan’s thriller, The Sixth Sense, and she gained 40 pounds to play the socially awkward, ABBA-obsessed daydreamer in the indie-comedy Muriel’s Wedding — but it’s her Emmy-award winning role(s) on Showtime’s United States of Tara that showcases how quickly Collette can transform herself into a character. That’s because on Tara, Collette plays several leading roles; or rather, several variations of the same role — all splintered parts of a suburban housewife’s personality. The alters emerge when her character, Tara, is under great stress — and include an irresponsible teenager named T, a 1950s housewife named Alice and a macho, male truck-driving sort-of-guy called Buck. Read the rest here.




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