Glenn Close adds nonacting award to collection

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 7, 2012 at 9:34 am •  Published: December 7, 2012
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Close: If they're positive like 'Silver Linings Playbook' — which I thought was a wonderful movie — I think it's very positive. It opens up the dialogue. It's all good, as far as I'm concerned. The tradition has been to use mental illness as a plot device for violence, for just plain old craziness, because that's very easy. I mean, I was Alex Forrest in 'Fatal Attraction.' ... The amazing thing was when I was researching that character, even the psychiatrists that I talked to never mentioned the possibility of a mental disorder. And that was also before my sister was diagnosed, so it wasn't even in my radar screen. But now I think we are getting more medically literate about all that, and I think it's fantastic that really good movies showing interesting people who are coping with life and happen to have a mental disorder is great because there's one in four. It's an astounding statistic. One in four people across this globe are affected in some way by mental illness.

AP: How does this award help the cause?

Close: It's huge. You don't see that many things about mental illness. ... That shows that mental illness is not a comfortable thing for people to talk about, and the fact that they are giving me this award and my family — my sister, two of her children and my daughter are going to come up with me — because I think the image of a family together surrounding and supporting their members who have mental illness, there's no words for it. That's where I'm so moved and honored by this recognition and excited, actually, that we can put that image on television.

AP: What's next for you?

Close: I'm very excited. I'm going to be doing, starting in February, a movie with Nick Nolte. We play kind of a rock 'n' roll couple. He's an iconic rock 'n' roll guy, singer-songwriter out of the Troubadour/Laurel Canyon tradition ... that whole incredible generation of singer-songwriters, and he's of that ilk, and I've stuck with him through thick and thin, and I won't tell you the plotline, but I was very, very moved by the story. I think it's timely and really well written. I think it's going to be a lot of fun and it will have great music in it.

AP: What's it called?

Close: 'Always on My Mind.'

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