The Betty Interview: Parker Posey
The Happy Tears star dishes to BettyConfidential about her “down-to-earth” co-star Demi Moore, her love of carbs and her biggest pet peeve.
Happy Tears may not have had the budget to run TV ads every five minutes or take out a massive billboard in Times Square, but unlike a lot of recent releases (ahem, Valentine’s Day) the indie flick doesn’t need the hype. Why? Because it’s actually good. In the dramedy that comes out today, Parker Posey and Demi Moore play sisters who return home to take care of their debauchery-loving, dementia-stricken dad (Rip Torn). Much like Parker herself — smart, complex and oh-so eccentric — this little movie makes a big splash.
What made you want to do Happy Tears?
I really liked the relationship with the sisters. In families there usually is one person who takes care of another, but in this case Laura [Demi Moore] is really over-compensating. She’s keeping all her dad’s infidelity to herself, so Jayne [Parker’s character] can go on living the lie that he’s a great man who deserves all of her affections.
Sounds pretty serious.
It makes you think about what the mother had to put up with before she died and what the daughters took from that. Demi has a line that says, “I can bend, but not as much as Mommy.” That really says a lot. Compromising and sacrificing is strangely intrinsic in women, and I hadn’t really seen that explored like this in a movie before.
You and Demi do look a lot alike, you actually could be sisters.
That’s probably because Demi and I both have Native American blood in us. When I look at Demi, I see this beautiful Indian chief. She has those high cheekbones that give her such soul.
What was Mrs. Kutcher like to work with?
I loved working with her. She’s such a force — so passionate and intelligent. And she’s a big Hollywood star, but she’s not too cool for school. She’s really down-to-earth, which I love about her.