Ellen Burstyn: ‘Women on screen were prostitutes or casualties- I wanted to embody a hero’
At 85, the award-winning actor is preparing for her directorial entry and starring in a brand-new movie. She talks about Trump, feminism and the accident on The Exorcist placed that still leaves a bitter taste
‘It’s scaring !” Ellen Burstyn isn’t talking about her conflict with a beast in The Exorcist. Nor is she recalling her battle with amphetamine addiction in Requiem for a Dream. Rather, as I sitting there opposite her, she is talking about the current US president.
He has become an inescapable topic, especially in New York where we are, but for the 85 -year-old, his predominate has an added sting. Burstyn was not only a vocal adherent of his predecessor but was a visible part of Barack Obama’s campaign.
” I was so happy and satisfied for this country that we finally had been able to step over the line into some kind of reasonable attitude and then it rebounded mode back the other way ,” she says.” But I imagine the Russians did it, don’t you concur ?”
Throughout our speech, Burstyn often asks for my opinion, and then listens with fortitude to what I have to say. We are in her Upper West Side apartment in Manhattan. Filled with diverse ornaments, trinkets and furniture signalling a life filled with travel, it seems well-suited to the topic at hand, given that we are here to chat about her brand-new movie. The House of Tomorrow stars Burstyn as an idiosyncratic girl who are in a geodesic dome home with her teenage grandson, played by Asa Butterfield. Their lives are led by the teachings of architect and futurist Buckminster Fuller, who, in reality, was close friends with Burstyn.
” The head, Peter Livolsi, moved it to me not knowing I was associated with Mr Fuller in the past ,” Burstyn says.” It was quite by accident .”