For an older woman in a youth-focused industry, Blythe Danner is having a "surprisingly banner year. " The lead role in Hallmark Hall of Fame's "Back When We Were Grownups," a...
For an older woman in a youth-focused industry, Blythe Danner is having a “surprisingly banner year.”
The lead role in Hallmark Hall of Fame’s “Back When We Were Grownups,” a meaty weekly part as a mother from (mostly) hell in Showtime’s “Huff” and a return to the big screen in “Meet the Fockers” have all kept the actress busy.
“It’s been a … sort of fruitful and active and gratifying year for me because women my age normally can’t get one job in one year,” said Danner, 61.
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“Best of all,” she became a grandmother in May, when daughter Gwyneth Paltrow had her first child.
“… I’m spending a lot of time with my little Apple Blythe Alison,” Danner said.
And she’s embraced Izzy, the outspoken, frequently tactless mother of “Huff’s” title character — a psychiatrist played by Hank Azaria — warts and all.
“I tell you it’s like being let out of mother jail. It’s just such a freewheeling, wonderful roller-coaster ride for me because she isn’t one-dimensional. … ”
Izzy “has a lot of compassion,” Danner argues. “She adores her grandson. … ” Still, “I hope they keep the edge going for her,” she added. “I like to play her best when she’s at her worst.”