Acclaimed for her work on screen and in the theater, actress Annette Bening is starring in Rodrigo Garcia’s Mother and Child, in which she plays a woman haunted by the daughter she gave up for adoption at the age of 14.
Working as a physical therapist in a rehabilitation clinic and looking after her elderly mother with whom she barely speaks has impacted Karen’s (Bening) ability to have normal human relationships. She’s uncomfortable around just about everybody, and is demanding and unsociable at home and at work, as she keeps up a silent monologue to her absent daughter (Naomi Watts) through journal entries and letters never to be sent.
During an interview at the film’s press day, Annette Bening talked about approaching the paradox of a character who is both reaching out and shutting down, at the same time, finding interesting roles in Hollywood and the importance of social and political activities in her life. Check out what she had to say after the jump: