Margo Martindale, who plays Mattie Fae in the upcoming August: Osage County, was recently interviewed about her participation in the film and interaction with Meryl. The pertinent sections are as follows:
You’ve been an amazing character actor for years, but you’ve got a big 2013 ahead of you. There’s The Americans, but also Beautiful Creatures and August: Osage County, as Mattie Fae Aiken. Are you excited or nervous or both?
"I’m nervous. August
was a wonderful, incredible two months. It will look beautiful. The
script is magnificent. The actors are all fabulous. Will it all work?
That will be a mystery. I was wildly happy to get that part, and I said
to myself, after seeing it on Broadway, “I want to play that in the
movie.” Rondi Reed, who played it on stage, I couldn’t have perfected
that. There was no need to do it on stage. So I decided to set my sights
on the movie."
You’ve worked with Meryl Streep, who plays
your sister Violet, a few times in your career. Did that previous
experience with her help build your relationship as sisters?
We spent our off time together. She’s a great, great person. These
sisters really lean on each other, and I’ve known Chris Cooper, who
plays my husband, since 1981. I love him so much."
It makes me a little nervous that she said "will it all work? That will be a mystery." Yikes. Although I suppose she doesn't have any way of knowing if despite a great screenplay and cast the editing will pull it all together in a way that makes it a effective, seamless picture. Can't believe I still won't see this film for like nine months.