One of the most fascinating reads this week has been Oscar-winning actress Anjelica Huston’s interview with Vulture. The famed daughter of John Huston and celebrated veteran actress offered a refreshingly candid interview which covered a lot of ground.
Topics ranged from the discrimination and sexism she faced in her time, to both her choices and her former co-stars choices in acting, to working with filmmakers Roman Polanski and Woody Allen and the rise of the #MeToo movement. Huston is in a position where she’s so well known and old enough not to care what other people think – offering her viewpoint unvarnished, and some people did not like it.
One person who has taken umbrage is beloved Australian veteran actress and Oscar-winner Jacki Weaver (“Animal Kingdom,” “Goldstone”), but her issue isn’t with the main ones people have been responding to but rather an offhand comment.
Huston said in the interview: “I’m looking for movies that impress me in some way, that aren’t apologetically humble or humiliating like, ‘Band of cheerleaders gets back together for one last hurrah,’ you know. An old-lady cheerleader movie. I don’t like that kind of thing. If I’m going to be an old lady – and I’m sort of touching old lady these days – at least I want to be a special old lady.”
It’s not clear if Huston was aware that with that quote she threw shade at Weaver’s upcoming film “Poms” which also stars Diane Keaton and follows a group of older women forming a competitive cheerleading squad. Weaver, who’s also unafraid and a bit cheeky, wasn’t pleased when asked about it by Vanity Fair this week but took it in stride anyway:
“Didn’t she grow up in a castle in Ireland? I can’t see her cheerleading. But then, I grew up in Australia, where there is just no cheerleading culture. I think the most interesting acting happens outside your comfort zone.
I just laughed [when I saw the comments]. And then I said, ‘Well, she can go f–k herself.’ I was kind of disappointed. I had always been an admirer of Anjelica. And I thought, ‘That’s a bit mean and petty.’ I would say she must be going through menopause, but she must have had that ages ago.”
“Poms” arrives in theaters on May 10th.