Clarkson at the Hugo premiere, New York City, November 2011
|Born||Patricia Davies Clarkson
December 29, 1959
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
|Alma mater||Fordham University
|Parent(s)||Jacquelyn Brechtel (mother)
Arthur Clarkson (father)
I'm obsessed. I've always needed to know what's going on but now it's a must.
I think it would be hard to go the distance in this business without a sense of humor.
I'll read a script maybe twice, but I'll think about the role more than I'll rehearse lines.
I just have a thing for writers. Maybe it because I'm just so not a writer.
The odds are not in your favor the older you get, especially if you're a woman in this business.
And I have a really great agent and I know it's almost an oxymoron to say you have a smart agent. But she is and she has a beautiful aesthetic and she has guided me.
The majority of work I do is in independent films, where you're lucky if you have five takes.
It's never easy with characters in these dark and grave circumstances but that's my job.
I think it kind of took being a character actor to kind of now enter into leading ladies.
I'm still traumatized that I'm going to be on a big screen in a white bikini and naked so who knows!
But no, had I been successful in my 20s I would have been just fine. But it is nice to defy the odds.