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Gaby Hoffmann: “Being a mother can be selfish, wrong and hopeless, but I wanted to feel it” | celebrities

Until she was 11 years old, Gaby Hoffmann (New York, 40 years old) lived in the Chelsea Hotel, the mythical New York building in which Dylan Thomas died, Sid killed Nancy and Patti Smith, Leonard Cohen or Madonna resided. Andy Warhol’s Superstars also lived there, whom the artist immortalized in Chelsea Girls, and one of them was Hoffmann’s mother, Janet Susan Mary Hoffmann or Viva. Gaby has told a thousand times that having the local drug dealer as her friend or that Cindy Sherman photographed her was normal. “What was abnormal were those suburban neighborhoods that she saw in the movies,” she says. At the age of four she began to make advertisements to help in the meager family finances. At six she participated in her first film, Field of Dreams (1989), alongside Kevin Costner; then they would come Alone with our uncle, with her childhood rival, the actor Macaulay Culkin (“He is the worst spoiled child, very competitive and I don’t see him as an adult actor because he doesn’t know how to act”, she said of him in those years); What’s wrong with her mom? o Something to remember; and in the film Friends forever (1995) she was the child version of Demi Moore. Today she, without expressly saying so, avoiding the subject and cutting the interview short, she doesn’t say it, but she does say it. There were many chiaroscuros in those star years. That was a career that her mother had chosen for her and at 17 she stopped her in her tracks. She went to study literature at the prestigious Bard College and later took refuge in the countryside with her boyfriend (today husband and father of her two children) to try other professions (“I was almost a doula [persona que informa y acompaña en el proceso de la maternidad] and kitchen apprentice in Italy”) and discover his own path. “Living the anxieties and crises of my 20 years out of the public eye was a privilege,” she admits. However, her performance called her back. In the last decade she has re-emerged as a muse for indie artists and titles: Ali in Transparent, Caroline in Girls. To which she now adds C’mon C’mon, the latest film by Mike Mills, in which she abandons the roles of eccentric women, playing the character she has felt closest to until now: a loving and understanding mother, wife, daughter and sister. Far from her childhood at Chelsea, Gaby Hoffmann today declares herself “a normal, straight, middle-class girl, completely dedicated to motherhood.” Her mother would have preferred to see her on an opposite path. Gaby Hoffman in ‘Girls’, where she played the eccentric sister of Adam (Adam Driver). Photo: Everett Collection C’mon C’mon is director Mike Mills’ reflection on his relationship with his son, and his character is inspired by his wife, Miranda July, as a mother. Do you feel an equally personal relationship with the film, does she share her vision of her motherhood? When I read the script of course I felt that it was familiar. Although I am a very different woman from my character, I knew what she felt. There is so much universal truth in what she says about being a mother, a daughter and a sister, about how dynamic and complicated and beautiful those relationships are, that I suppose it is a very personal film. Also, I don’t know how to play a character without putting a lot of myself into it, I don’t do it consciously or intentionally, but it happens to me, they come out of me in some way. On the other hand, Mike and I have a lot in common, we both come from weird families. [se ríe] and we have been surrounded by artists all our lives. As Joaquin Phoenix asks the children in the film, what does he think of the future? Before he didn’t, but now I think a lot about the future. I have two young children, so I try to remain desperately optimistic about what comes next. Otherwise, I don’t know if I would survive. I make a conscious effort to remain hopeful, to believe that there are still good things and people in this world, to believe that there is justice and that, in some ways, we are all heading in the right direction. I hope that we will overcome the stupidity and the problems that we have made for ourselves. Humanity will survive. I have to have confidence because I have brought two people into this world, I have to believe that it is because of them. Bringing children into this world can be selfish? Yeah, I’ve struggled a lot with that thought. Like when I decided to conceive children naturally and not adopt, for example. It has to do with that idea about the future, you can see it as a selfish act or as a hopeful act. You can see it as our biological, spiritual and absolute destiny. On a very basic level, I suppose, we are built to have children. As a woman, I decided that it might be selfish, wrong, and hopeless, but I desperately wanted to experience it. And I decided that it was my human right. For me, being a mother of these children is everything. It’s hard to talk about it with a negative lens because it’s pure love. Do you also think about the past a lot? Obviously, he has had a unique life. I’m not obsessed. I’m not so worried about what I’ve experienced. However, once I had children and they became the first thing for me, I started trying to take notes on them and draw pictures of the little moments, because their childhood is the most dynamic and interesting thing that has ever happened to me. It is so overwhelming that it is impossible to remember everything. That is important, although I am not obsessed with documenting my life, remembering every detail, I am more interested in trying to be present, here and now, and move forward. Gaby Hoffmann in ‘C’mon C’mon’, her role more serene and close to her personal moment. Photo: Everett Collection C’mon C’mon is her first film in seven years, having lived through an independent boom in the past decade, isn’t this world first anymore? I don’t want it to be my life, I want to live it. I really like my job, and it’s a privilege for me to be able to make a living from it, but I don’t want to do just that. And do you think you can give up eccentric roles like Girls or Transparent for a bit? Don’t they just see her as “the girl who can play crazy”? I choose my papers very carefully. And I never think of my characters if they are more or less crazy. I am much more practical, I take the information they give me about each character and try to make them real but without judging them. She was a child actress, now she works with Woody Norman, a child actor, did she protect him especially? Woody never needed me. He has a great talent, he likes this and, above all, he has a wonderful mother who is protecting him as he should be. You often see many child actors that the same does not happen to them, I do not feel that they protect them. When I was making those big Hollywood movies when I was six or eight years old, I didn’t always feel like I could decide what I wanted to do. But he does, he has a very healthy relationship with acting thanks to his mother and his relatives. Gaby Hoffmann at the 59th New York Film Festival. Photo: Getty Images

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