Thursday 23 November 2017

Weaver glad of late in life fame

Jacki Weaver plays Marguerite Oswald in Parkland
Jacki Weaver plays Marguerite Oswald in Parkland

Jacki Weaver has said she is glad that she has found fame later in life and thinks her home country of Australia is celebrating with her.

The 66-year-old actress plays Lee Harvey Oswald's mother in Parkland, a film about the hospital where JFK was taken after he was shot, and was nominated for Oscars in 2013 for Silver Linings Playbook and 2011 for Animal Kingdom.

Jacki said: "I started my career 51 years ago and I was always sort of known in Australia. But I'm having this sort of renaissance and I think the whole country seems to be feeling it too and that's quite sweet."

She added: "I think they're sort of proud of me like you would be of someone swimming the Channel... I think they want me to captain the cricket team now."

Jacki explained she was happy that her fame had happened later on: "People will say to me, 'Don't you wish that this had happened to you 20 or 30 years ago?' I don't think I would've coped 20 or 30 years ago. I think I'm much more serene about it because I'm so b****y old.

"I'm not going to beat myself up when I miss out on jobs or I have a little while without work."

She also revealed a journalist had joked with her that her Silver Linings Playbook Oscar nomination had been confirmation that the first one was justified.

Jacki said the reporter told her: "Do you know what a second Oscar means? It means the first one wasn't a fluke."

Parkland is in cinemas now.

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