I interviewed Anthony Edwards.
Did I mention that? No? Hmmm...strange. Must have slipped my mind. Perhaps I was in shock. Anthony Edwards! I got to talk to a STAR! And it wasn't one of those make-believe conversations that I have in my head. It was a real live star! A real live one! And there were other people there too, so I know I wasn't hallucinating.
I was part of a conference call last Thursday between several other "mommy bloggers" and the aforementioned Edwards. (Did I mention he's a STAR?)Along with Uma Thurman and Minnie Driver, he recently finished filming "Motherhood", which was written and directed by Katherine Dieckmann.
"Shot entirely on location in New York’s West Village, this bittersweet comedy distills the dilemmas of the maternal state (marriage, work, self, and not necessarily in that order) into the trials and tribulations of one pivotal day. MOTHERHOOD forms a genre of one – no other movie has dedicated itself in quite this way to probing exactly what it takes to be a mother, with both wry humor and an acute sense of authenticity."
As a husband and father of four, Edwards said he was drawn to the movie because it "seemed like an organic and real thing."
It was written "In a way that I hadn't seen on film...I found it comforting," he said. In the movie Edwards plays Thurman's "good-natured but absent-minded husband". He said that when he first told his wife about the role, her response was "oh, typecasting! You're a well-intentioned guy that forgets a lot of stuff!"
That must be a common husband trait.
As the call began, my baby yelled/cried, interrupting the moderator.
The moderator, I think, was a bit annoyed and I was gently (and thankfully anonymously...well,um, until now) chastised and reminded about the *6 mute feature. Bad mommy blogger. So I broke out the stash of bribery candy and made sure the three little mouths were given a constant supply. Candy always ensures several moments of blissful silence. It's my secret weapon. What's an extra dental bill or two? After all, I was talking to Anthony Edwards of ER fame!
Edwards opened the call by sharing his current surroundings...he was pushing his seven year old's bicycle to the bike shop to fix a flat tire, city sounds blaring in the background. No nanny here. He's a hands-on kind of dad and during the call he came across so real and down to earth. Even though my question was simply a rephrasing of some of the questions already asked, Edwards was very courteous. There wasn't even a slight sigh of exasperation. I had asked whether or not this movie changed his perception of motherhood and perhaps made him more compassionate to his own wife’s struggles. He said that he had been raised with a “really strong mom.”
“After being through the birth of four children," he added. "I don't know how you can have anything but more respect for mothers and what that role is. So I'm just happy to be part of something that doesn't trivialize it, nor does it generalize on it, but actually, you know, deals with the complexity of it in a funny way which I find ultimately the best way to tell a story.”
This movie just sounds better and better.
A lot of good questions were asked, my favorite being, "What are you wearing?" by Margaret at Nanny Goats in Panties. We never did get to find out, which is a pity.
In November, Edwards will be running in the New York City Marathon and his participation will benefit his charity, Shoe4Africa. Shoe4Africa aims to build the largest children’s hospital in Africa, while bringing“empowerment through sports and education, creating unique health initiatives and promoting AIDS awareness.” Right now, they are accepting donations and $10 gets your name on the hospital. See the website for details.
About the time my candy supply ran out, the flat on his daughter’s bike was fixed and the call came to an end. I hung up, giddy with my close brush to fame. But because I’m so mature, I refrained from picking up the phone and immediately calling everyone I know. I waited at least 10 minutes.
And I'm thinking I might have a (discreet) bumper sticker made up for my car. It would say something like...oh, I don't know...
Or something classy like that.