Damn, luvvies can be just so annoying. So, there’s a Guardian headline:
Patricia Arquette: ‘I don’t want to play the ingenue for ever’
To which the correct response is don’t worry honey, you won’t.
an innocent or unsophisticated young woman, especially in a play or film.
Just wait a few years and you really won’t.
So, all nicely lined up to have a snarl:
“It’s really liberating,” she says. “I feel like my whole career, I’ve had to operate within boundaries of what’s a likable woman? What’s attractive to society? There were a lot of people before I did Escape at Dannemora who said: ‘Oh my God, don’t gain weight for that, don’t let them make you look like that or you won’t be able to get jobs.’ I was like: ‘I’m an actor, just let me act!’… I don’t feel that we put that on males and I don’t want to carry it around any more.
“I don’t want to be the ingenue for ever – you can’t,” she continues. “We see people my age still trying to be ingenues, and at a certain point, you look… otherworldly. How are you going to play a 50-year-old woman in the real world?” Arquette isn’t judgmental about plastic surgery (“It’s your face; you get to look like whatever you want to look like”). She just feels that it affects on-screen credibility. “If some dude who looks like he works out four hours a day plays some regular dad, I have a hard time believing that too. You’ve got to look realistic for a part like that.”
Bugger, isn’t that annoying? An actor who is actually an intellectual adult?