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Patricia Clarkson

Clarkson at the Hugo premiere, New York City, November 2011
Born Patricia Davies Clarkson
(1959-12-29) December 29, 1959 (age 57)
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
Alma mater Fordham University
Yale University
Occupation Actress
Years active 1985–present
Parent(s) Jacquelyn Brechtel (mother)
Arthur Clarkson (father)

I'm really a director's actor. I rely heavily on a director.
I'm obsessed. I've always needed to know what's going on but now it's a must.
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I think it would be hard to go the distance in this business without a sense of humor.
Patricia Clarkson
I'll read a script maybe twice, but I'll think about the role more than I'll rehearse lines.
Patricia Clarkson
New Orleans. Born and raised. I lived there until I was 19.
If my gravy train stops at SAG, honey, it's been a great ride.
I just have a thing for writers. Maybe it because I'm just so not a writer.
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The odds are not in your favor the older you get, especially if you're a woman in this business.
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You're always close and you never get that big romantic lead.
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.
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But I have had the luxury of working on good films with great people.
I have to watch the news or my day is not complete.

New Orleans. Born and raised. I lived there until I was 19.
The majority of work I do is in independent films, where you're lucky if you have five takes.
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It's never easy with characters in these dark and grave circumstances but that's my job.
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Why are comedic parts for women the exception, not the rule?
I think it kind of took being a character actor to kind of now enter into leading ladies.
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See, the SAG awards caught me totally by surprise.
I love writers. All of my best friends are writers.
Well did graduate summa cum laude from Fordham University.
I'm still traumatized that I'm going to be on a big screen in a white bikini and naked so who knows!
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Holly Hunter has been doing great work forever.
But no, had I been successful in my 20s I would have been just fine. But it is nice to defy the odds.
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I think it's always harder in a film to convey intimacy.
I don't like a lot of rehearsing.
I always try to approach character first and foremost viscerally.
And now oddly I'm getting sexier parts than I've ever gotten.