The 68th annual Golden Globe Awards took place on January 16, 2011, at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California. Here is what this Golden Globe winner said backstage in the Golden Globe Awards press room.
Best Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television
You look wonderful. What are your beauty secrets?
Latisse. What are my beauty secrets? It’s very boring. You just have to behave. You have to eat well and sleep and exercise. But a little lipstick and little blush go a long way. I don’t have a very strict regime, but I get a lot of help.
How has the meaning of a Golden Globe Award changed for you over the years?
Well, when I first won one of these, I was 15. I was so green. I was just so incredibly naïve and genuinely overwhelmed by the industry and everything that entails. I remember when I first arrived, I saw David Hasselhoff talking to Quentin Tarantino, and I thought, “Wow! Where are we? What kind of show is this?”
But it was a great thrill then. It’s a great thrill now. It’s great. I said to my friend, “Now I can actually stuff my bra, because I’ve got two [Golden Globes].” I need a little stuffing.
Has “Temple Grandin” changed the type of projects that you’re looking to do?
You know, it has. It was such an incredible role. It’s hard to go from that to just some flat girlfriend role, some fairly insignificant role. So yeah, it took me a while to commit to another project. I’m finally working again. I’m doing a pilot now for Showtime. I was very spoiled by the richness of this role.
What can you say about your Showtime pilot?
It’s called “Homeland.” I play a CIA officer who also happens to have bipolar disorder. It’s an hour-long drama.
When your name was called as the winner, Temple Grandin gave you a big hug. Can you talk about that and Temple’s general response to you playing her in a movie?
Temple was very uncomfortable with hugging for many years. She’s mastered the art of it. It’s kind of surreal to share this experience with the woman that I played. I have such incredible reverence for her.
She is a spectacularly gifted, brave person. I just feel so fortunate to have had a chance to really consider her and think deeply about who she is and attempt to embody her. She’s the best.
She’s so kind, too. Before my category came up, she sat next to me and said, “I really hope you win! I really hope you win! If you win, I’m going to be cheering for you!” And she means it. She is nothing if not genuine and authentic. Boy, is she real. I love her.
Did you make any New Year’s resolutions? And if so, are you keeping them?
Well, I did pack on a few “lbs.” over the holidays. I did. It’s pretty boring. What is my resolution? It’s always to return phone calls, return e-mails. I’m not great at that. I don’t know. Just to be a better person, a better friend, more present.
What fitness tips do you have for women and girls?
As I said before, it’s annoyingly obvious: sleep, exercise and good eating. Eating real food is a good idea.
What would you do if you weren’t in show business?
I think about that a lot, because I’m always convinced that I’m never going to get another job. I don’t know. Maybe a psychologist. Maybe a graphic designer. I don’t know. Hopefully, I won’t ever have to find out … I took a graphic-design class in college that I loved. That’s why I say that.
Speaking of design, who designed the dress you’re wearing? And did you have help in choosing what to wear to this awards show?
This is Calvin Klein Collection. Francisco Costa is the designer, who I adore. He’s so brilliant and he’s so nice, which is rare to find in that very competitive and very intense fashion world. I worked with a stylist, and we saw this color, and we went with it. But this is custom[-made]. This was made for me, which is very exciting. Pink, you know? It’s nice to be a girl, an unequivocal girl for one night.
We saw how emotional Temple Grandin got when you won this award. What does this award mean to her and her life’s work?
She’s enormously appreciated and loved by so many people. She’s a star both in the world of autism and animal rights. Hopefully, this movie will introduce her to even more people and give them an even better understanding of why her work is so important and so wonderful. I think it’s a big deal. It’s a big stage. We’re communicating and talking to millions of people. And that’s valuable.
Looking back on your life, what advice would you give to the 15-year-old you were when you won your first Golden Globe?
Hmm, a word of wisdom. “Go to college.” I mean, I didn’t finish. I only went for two years, but those two years were really good for me, to just step away for a little bit and grow up without the prying eyes of the public and all that judgment that accompanies it.
Is your “Homeland” pilot for Showtime going to have any action elements?
It’s a thriller, a psychological thriller. It’s very character-based. It’s a lot less kicking and shooting than it is political intrigue. And it’s smart. It’s really fun. I don’t know. I’ve shot two scenes so far, so it’s still in the process of being realized. I don’t know what it will be exactly in the end, three weeks from now, but I’m having a good time. I hope it’s good.
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