The 71st annual Golden Globe Awards took place on Jan. 12, 2014, at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif. Here is what this Golden Globe winner said backstage in the Golden Globe Awards press room.
Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
You said in your acceptance speech that forgiving people is the best beauty treatment. Who have you forgiven to make you so beautiful?
Well, you know, in the course of a life there’s a few people who don’t necessarily do what you want to do. I don’t have enemies as such, as far as I know, but I think someone has misunderstandings … I think if you get bitter you are really in trouble, and it doesn’t progress anything in a good way. [It] takes time to forgive, but I totally believe in it.
Where will you keep your Golden Globe?
You know, I haven’t thought about that. I don’t know. Probably in London.
You were so emotional during your speech. So what else do you get emotional about?
I don’t get emotional that much. I have got my control pretty in place, and it surprises me enormously. Of course, I am deeply emotional, but I try not to put it out there because I think it’s embarrassing to people sometimes and I sometimes think it stops other people from having their own feelings. It inhibits other people’s feelings.
So I try to keep it together. You know, when you make movies, you have to dig into your emotions. And when you start acting, it’s really difficult to find them sometimes. It surprises me.
As you work and you grow older, your emotions just kind of rise to the top and you can get them much more quickly. So it is really sometimes it’s such a thing you have to hold it away from you because you know you can get there that quickly.
I wasn’t raised with a method. I just got my own method of getting where I needed to go as an actress. My skin is very alive with emotion and I can get there quickly. Sometimes it’s better not to get there.
As in life, too much emotion freaks people out and often is better not to do something than to do it. But the one thing you have to resist usually as an actress is to resist crying, because crying, the audience goes, “Oh, my goodness,” and you have to wait to get over it. It is a bit like sex scenes. Unless the dialogue goes right through the sex scene and the characters you’re watching, the audience is embarrassed and waits and it is not that complementary.
What is it about this part and your role in “Dancing on the Edge” that made people connect and that you connected with, and what is it about this particular performance that brought you here?
I think the fact that I transformed myself physically has something to do with it. I think audiences are often duped by changes in appearance. People say you have to reinvent yourself. I think often they consider that a change of hairstyle, which is supposedly a reinvention, which actually it is not a reinvention. It is a change in hairstyle.
If a character has got layers, which this character did, so extremely sad background, lost three children in the first World War, get back in that place and then build up, it is layers, and it informs everything you do in the role. So partly I think the change of the hair color, shortness of the hair, the wig, the wardrobe and all that stuff, but I think it is also the work of the actor.
A lot of people are going to spend a lot of time tonight talking about what you said on stage. Were you surprised at receiving the Golden Globe and were these remarks completely spontaneous?
Well, it was certainly a surprise. I was told that my category was coming up second from last, so I was absolutely stunned. I wondered why the guy with the camera was filming me, and I am like, “What is he looking at here?” I was completely out of it.
I was thinking, “Where’s my dinner?” And I still haven’t gotten the dinner I was expecting. My remarks, I can’t really remember what I said, actually.
I forgot to mention my director, Steven Poliakoff, who I admire enormously. We had a very good cast. Steven was a joy, brilliant man, director. Really directed me and the others too without lots of words and confusion. I am grateful for that. I do think that you can only be as good as the quality of the people that you are working with.
Everyone jokes about how long it took to get to the stage. Did you know it was going to be that much of a process? Were you worried before they called your name?
No, I didn’t know I was going to win. It did take forever. I saw Jon Voight on the way there and got a kiss from him, which was lovely. Sorry it took so long. I was in a daze.
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