Sky News’ Backstage podcast catches up with the actresses and director, who have teamed up for a new American Dream movie

Amy Adams and Glenn Close are two actresses revered for being at their peak

Between them, the couple have 13 Oscar nominations, and Close even holds the questionable record as the actress who received the most nods at the Oscars without winning

All of the cast would be empowered by having just one on board, but the new Hillbilly Elegy movie – based on blockbuster memoir about an Appalachian family and the social issues they faced in Middletown, Ohio – sees them team up to play real mother-daughter couple “Mamaw” and Beverley

“Her attention to detail inside her craft and the ability to watch her develop the character – if you’re lucky you learn from the people you work with, and I’ve learned so much from her “Adams said of Close

“When you work with people who have worked so hard and spent so much time and detail on the character, you sort of enter this weird area where you don’t know what’s real and what’s not there. ‘is not

“And I felt that with Glenn where you come from you feel like you are able to go in any direction and they will be there with you… She is really just a dream of a stage partner and a dream of a human being “

“Technique and craftsmanship matters, I have immense respect for acting, but I also like not being aware of craftsmanship when I look at other people’s work,” she says.

“That’s kind of the key, and Amy is right on top of her game, and it was a dream

“You can fly because you are with someone who is the best of the best and that gives you wings”

Adams character Bev has addiction issues, and as the film is told through the eyes of his son J D, audiences quickly see how this affects his ability to be a good mother.

Adams said that knowing the woman behind the character helped her balance what was on the page, with the real family.

“I always want to honor the story and, you know, honor the writing that was given to me, but always keeping in mind to find the humanity inside the character”, a- she declared

“And Beverly is she’s fun, she’s smart, she lights up a room – she’s one of those people who walk into the room and, you know she’s there

“And I really enjoyed meeting her, I really loved her, and I also love that she is doing so well now, and that really gave me – I felt like I had no more permission to dive into her struggles because she’s doing well “

Close plays Bev’s mother – the chain-smoking, meaningless ‘Mamaw’ who gets many of the movie’s best lines, but has her own issues too

“Mamaw was known for these amazing things coming out of her mouth, and I was given, you know, wonderful, wonderful lines, it’s fun to write like that

“But it was also very true to the real Mamaw, she had this amazing wicked sense of humor and loved to make people uncomfortable and was a much larger than life person in this family, so there is a lot to build on “

Director Ron Howard has described the character – and the woman she’s based on – as “must see”

“We even played this woman a bit, believe it or not,” he told Sky News’ Backstage podcast

“She was a scandalous woman, but she accomplished so late in her life finding that reservoir of strength to really really help this boy”

Howard, who bought the rights to the book after reading it and talking to author JD Vance, said he’s no stranger to the balance of making a movie for entertainment, based on the lives of real people

“You’re going to end up having to look at these people, at least the ones who are still alive, and I’ve been through that experience a lot, whether it’s, you know, David Frost or Niki Lauda, ​​the Apollo 13 astronauts , so this is something that I am well aware of, ”he said

“Yet you must also explain that this is a creative interpretation and that people recognize that

“The Vance family was tough because it’s a raw story, full of trauma and abuse, and yet I think because JD’s mother she has evolved and grown as a person, she is healthier, I think that she thinks that sharing her story is kind of an offer and that there is something to learn “

Hillbilly Elegy releases on Netflix on November 24 Hear our review of this week’s episode of Backstage Podcast

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