After a bit of a rough start, Damages has hooked me again this season. And a major reason is because of the character of Patty Hewes, as played by Glenn Close.
Patty is the latest in the long line of edgy and complex roles that are Close’s specialty. The Guardian, which interviewed Close recently, said the parts have “a touch of the masculine.” Around here, we say “slightly butch.” And it’s an attribute that draws me to any screen showing Glenn Close.
In Damages, Close somehow manages to make Patty sympathetic, despite her ruthless, often scary behavior. I can’t imagine anyone else playing the part, and I wasn’t surprised to learn that the role was written specifically for Close.
She was approached for Damages shortly after her guest turn in The Shield, a remarkable performance for which she received an Emmy nomination.
When the role ended, Close told FX that if the channel ever filmed something on the East Coast, she’d love to discuss it. When she saw the Damages script, which was written by a team from The Sopranos, Close signed on. And she found the transfer to the small screen challenging:
Not every film actor is ready for that kind of shift. William Hurt, who is in the current season of Damages, hated the pace and won’t return. Women, however, seem to be moving to television more and more. In fact, Close refers to the group, which includes Sally Field and Holly Hunter, among others, as “the sisterhood of TV drama divas.”
Is TV a consolation prize for the lack of strong film roles for older women?
The interview mentions Close’s reluctance to call herself a feminist, although she seemed to be talking about political activism more than feminism, as well as how she has kept her private life out of the tabloids. But the thing I was most happy to discover was the website that Close and her husband have: Fetchdog.com.
Close blogs about her terriers, Jake and Bill, as well other celebrities and their pets. She even reveals a few secrets, like the fact that Jake is often under Patty’s desk during filming.
It’s good to know that the real Glenn Close has no interest in a Dalmatian coat.
Give the full interview a read and let us know what you think. And don’t miss Glenn on The View on Thursday.