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Natasha Richardson Talks About Her Role Playing Opposite Her Mother, Vanessa Redgrave in the Engrossing New Film, 'Evening'
Natasha Richardson Talks About Her Role Playing Opposite Her Mother, Vanessa Redgrave in the Engrossing New Film, 'Evening'
By E. Joyce Glasgow - SGN Arts & Entertainment Writer

Natasha Richardson stars with her mother, Vanessa Redgrave, in the beautiful, new movie "Evening". In a short interview with members of the press recently, she said that she felt that it was a "very special and unique opportunity to play mother and daughter on screen and be able to bring all our relationship, all our love, our history, pain, difficulties, to serve this film". She commented that one of the things she loves about her mother's performances as an actress is her willingness to take risks and there is always something unexpected in her work. Sometimes the risks work, sometimes they don't, she said, but when they do, she is "incandescent", as Richardson thinks she is in "Evening". As well as considering her mother's role as Ann Lord in "Evening" one of her favorites of her mother's roles of a "long list", she also loves her roles in Camelot, Mary Queen of Scot's and Julia.

When I asked her what it was like playing a middle- aged woman in "Evening", coming to terms with an aging parent, as it was so close to her actual real life experience, Richardson said that: "Seeing her (Redgrave) lying on that bed, in that room was& I mean& she's heartbreaking to look at anyway. There were times when it was very, very hard to hold it together, because it does make you think of all those things and projecting into the future and thinking about the past and thinking about when my father was dying, (director, Tony Richardson, who died of an AIDS related illness in 1991)) and I'm sure she (Redgrave) was thinking about when her mom passed away a couple of years before. Who knows the line between what is acting and what is playing these characters and what is us and our feelings in that situation. It was very palpable".

Richardson said that at this time in her and her husband, actor Liam Neeson's careers, it was most important to spend time with their children, who are now in school. She said that Neeson is a great, supportive partner and parent and that they make sure to coordinate their acting schedules so that at least one of them is always with the children. She said that it has taken some recovery time after her Broadway role in the play, "Streetcar Named Desire", which was really challenging and took a lot out of her and said that she would have to have a burning desire to do a particular role in order to consider it and perhaps would like to do something funny next.

She said that when her parents realized that she was serious about an acting career, they encouraged her to, with helpful advice to go to acting school and train sooner rather than later and to practice. She said that moving to New York helped her to be recognized on her own.

Richardson said that Broadway is a "tough world" and that the "relentless problem" of New York is that it is a one newspaper town with the New York Times being the one make it or break it review. In England, she said, there are a number of newspapers with a variety of reviews and opinions for the public to consider.

Evening is now playing locally at the Guild 45th, Lincoln Square, Alderwood 16, Bella Bottega and Kirkland Parkplace and in theaters around the U.S.

For more information about" Evening", visit: www.focusfeatures.com.

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