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article imageLesley Ann Warren opens up about new horror film 'The Grand Son' Special

By Markos Papadatos     Aug 11, 2018 in Entertainment
Academy Award-nominated actress Lesley Ann Warren (Best Supporting Actress for "Victor/Victoria") chatted with Digital Journal about her new horror film "The Grand Son."
In this horror film, Warren stars opposite Rhys Wakefield (The Purge). "My manager read it and contacted the director, and he thought it was a great idea, and I got the offer," she said. "I was very intrigued to play this character."
On her favorite part about that experience, Warren said, "Creating this woman who was so tortured by the reality of being edged out of her profession and the job that she was doing. The rage combined with the sadness that she felt about losing her control, and her unwillingness to let go of her past. It was a really interesting character to explore."
She praised Rhys Wakefield for being "lovely" and a "wonderful actor." "Rhys is very interesting and complicated as an actor, so their relationship was fought with all these secrets and I loved that part of it," she said.
Aside from Warren and Wakefield, actors Fabianne Therese, Nathan Keyes, and Sarah Clarke (the Twilight franchise) also star in the horror movie.
Each day, Warren is motivated by her love for life. "I think it's an incredible blessing and opportunity and I am happy when I wake up in the morning. It's a real blessing to be alive and to do the things that I enjoy doing and to give back in the ways that I can," she said.
While there are many actors that she would love to someday work with, a name that stands out to her is Robert De Niro. "Robert is one of my favorites," she said. "I feel so lucky to have gotten to work with the people I have worked with over the years, and that I continue to do that, and have these really wonderful experiences. I am very grateful."
For aspiring actors, Warren said, "Hone your craft and be serious about your craft. Be true to yourself once you discover who you are, and what you care about."
When asked to look back in a rear-view mirror over the last three decades, she reflected, "I see a young girl, and then a young woman and then a grown woman who is always trying to do the best. I never really cared about money, what I cared about was being respected by my peers. That was deeply important to me."
She defined the word success as "Having a happy life and being fulfilled with what you have, instead of always wanting something you don't have: family, love, and connections. Those are the things that are enduring, and are most important to me."
Digital transformation of the entertainment business
On the impact of technology on the entertainment business, Warren said, "I think technology is fantastic. As an actor, there are so many more platforms to get to do what you do. They are great, and there are excellent things done on all of these streaming platforms. There are so many more opportunities for actors, writers, and directors."
Regarding her use of technology in her daily routine as an actress, she said, "I use the Internet basically to do some research sometimes, but I still rely on the techniques that I have learned as a young actress."
She revealed that her scripts are digital. "I still print out my scripts from digital, because when I go to set, I like to have pages with my notes on them," she said.
On the key to longevity in acting, she said, "Being willing to adapt to whatever age you are in, appropriately, and just embrace each new chapter. As an actor, there is no age limit. Some of the greats can go into their 90's."
In 1982, Warren was nominated for the "Best Supporting Actress" Oscar for her acting work in Victor/Victoria. She is also an Emmy nominee, and five-time Golden Globe nominee, where she won a Golden Globe in 1977 for "Best TV Actress in a Drama Series" for 79 Park Avenue. "I fall in love with every project I am doing," she said. "I think Cinderella was a huge high point in my life. I feel so lucky to have had so many extraordinary opportunities."
The Grand Son releases digitally on August 14, and on DVD on November 6. "Go see it," Warren told her fans and followers. "Be prepared for a psychological roller coaster. It is really, really good."
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