Bates at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con International
|Born||Kathleen Doyle Bates
June 28, 1948
Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
|Alma mater||Southern Methodist University|
|Spouse(s)||Tony Campisi (m. 1991; div. 1997)|
|Relatives||Finis L. Bates (grandfather)|
And people are always saying: 'Well, you go to Hollywood and you get yourself a film career or a TV series, and then you can do anything you want. Because then you've got the clout.' That had always sounded like a lot of hooey to me, but now I think it's true, unfortunately.
I was never an ingenue. I've always just been a character actor. When I was younger, it was a real problem, because I was never pretty enough. It was hard, not just for the lack of work, but because you have to face up to how people are looking at you.
I have to pay the bills just like everybody else, but it also pays my soul to work.
It was also wonderful to have the prospect of playing with Jack Nicholson. It was a terrific part, a terrific script, with Alexander Payne and Jack Nicholson. You can't get any better than that!
I'm not that conservative. I do feel – I guess I'm more of a Democrat at heart, although I've never affiliated myself with a particular party.
I think that being in an environment is a much richer experience than just working on a soundstage.
I look for a role that hopefully I feel empathy with and that I can understand and love, but also that has that challenge for me to play – a different kind of role, a different type of character, a different time period.
The roles I was lucky enough to get were real stretches for me: usually a character who was older, or a little weird, or whatever. And it was hard, not just for the lack of work but because you have to face up to how people are looking at you.
I try to always stretch myself to fit the characters that have been presented.
Drama comes more naturally to me. It's the comedy you really have to delve into.
Jack made it very comfortable for me on the set. We'd met socially before but never worked together. You know, he's very professional, very disciplined and he's always prepared and knows his lines.
I went from years of honing my craft to sudden recognition. It was quite a life changer.
I'm very lucky to be able to do what I love to do, and I hope I can keep doing it for a while.
My mother used to tell this corny story about how the doctor smacked me on the behind when I was born and I thought it was applause, and I have been looking for it ever since.
I haven't talked much about being an ovarian cancer survivor because I don't really want to define myself that way.
Alexander Payne's very specific. His scripts are always complete when you start working on them.
I hope I look skinnier in 3D. I hope I don't look three times as fat. That'll be disappointing.
After winning the Oscar, I was committed to do 'Fried Green Tomatoes,' but I didn't know what the next thing would be after that. It was a scary time. But the advantage of TV is the regular work. All you need is a hit series, I guess.
For a long time I did not want to do television because I did not want to get stuck playing the same person. I wanted the ongoing challenge of a variety of roles.
The Oscar changed everything. Better salary, working with better people, better projects, more exposure, less privacy.