The UK-born, Australia-raised actress is also excited about her new film, Destin Daniel Cretton’s “The Glass Crystal,” based on Jeannette Walls’ award-winning memoir about being raised by her dysfunctional parents—an alcoholic, Rex (Woody Harrelson) and a painter, Rose Mary (Naomi). Excerpts from our talk: How are you adjusting to your new phase in your life as a single mom? I got back from Kenya, and that was a wonderful experience to share with my kids. I have just finished a film called “Ophelia,” which is the female telling of Hamlet. I’m excited for people to see “The Glass Castle,” [based on] a book that a lot of people have read. I tell stories that my mother tells, and they’re vastly different sometimes. That’s why some of her parenting skills are judged so harshly, I suppose.
It was a dream for Sasha because he has always been so interested in nature and animals. And “Gypsy” is my first time to do a series after a long time. As a parent yourself, what surprised you about getting to know Rose Mary a little bit on the phone? She was so positive despite all the hard things that were going on around them, the struggles and having to deal with Rex’s alcoholism.
So, I’m mostly feeling good about it, and encouraged by the support of my friends.
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but dating when you have FOUR kids is like the Mt Everest of the dating world!