Oscar-nominated Actress Glenn Close and Director Rodrigo Garcia shared a behind-the-scenes look at the film Albert Nobbs during a special Oscar Series Screening hosted by The Wrap this week in Los Angeles. In this movie, Glenn Close plays a woman disguised as a man named Albert Nobbs in Dublin, Ireland at the turn of the 20th Century. To play this complex role, Glenn Close studied Charlie Chaplin’s mannerisms. You can hear more about how she researched the part to find a lighter side of Albert in this Q and A VIDEO: Glenn Close Interview – Albert Nobbs Oscar Series Screening.
Glenn Close first played this role Off Broadway in 1982, wrote the Albert Nobbs screenplay, and now brings this powerful film to us. In this historic piece, Albert is a waiter at a fancy inn in Dublin, who meets a charismatic painter who gets her to think beyond her big lie. It’s an adjustment to watch Glenn Close in short red hair playing a man, but once you get into the movie, you’re thinking more about Albert’s story.
During the Q and A, Glenn Close described her character, “I think Albert, she takes on the guise of a man in order to survive, and she’s an innocent, and there’s something incredibly compelling about somebody who is innocent and watching them trying to negotiate in a highly complex world, but she was very happy being invisible and saving her money that would keep her from the poor house.”
Many women have hidden their identity to overcome obstacles, and especially in this story about a time when women were not encouraged to be independent. Director Rodrigo Garcia observed, “It’s about economic survival, personal survival, identity, sexual identity, you twist it and turn it, and it always looks like a new thing, that’s what I thought was lovely about the script.”
Towards the end of the Q and A, Glenn Close shared this reflection, “I think the movie is ultimately is about the two basic human needs to be safe and to be connected to someone who’s important to you.” After this special Oscar Series Screening, Glenn Close left for NYC to film Damages. And after 5 Oscar nominations, let’s hope this is Glenn Close’s year with this powerful performance!
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