Bringing Up Bobby - Marcia Cross



Marcia Cross



Marcia Cross stars in the smash hit television series “Desperate Housewives.” In 2005 and 2006 she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award in the Best Actress category. She was also nominated for an Emmy Award in the Best Actress in a Comedy Series category in 2005. Cross just completed filming alongside costars Milla Jovovich and Bill Pullman in the independent feature Bringing Up Bobby written and directed by Famke Janssen. Last year she appeared in the feature film “Just Peck,” a comedy starring Adam Arkin, Camryn Manheim, Keir Gilchrist and Brie Larson. Prior to her role on “Desperate Housewives,” Cross starred as Dr. Linda Abbott on The WB’s critically-acclaimed series, “Everwood.” She is also well known for her role as Dr. Kimberly Shaw on the hit drama “Melrose Place.”

Born and raised in Marlborough, Massachusetts, Cross was determined to become an actress from the moment she performed in her first school play, “The Witch of Blackbird Pond,” in the sixth grade. At the age of 18 she was accepted at the Juilliard School as a Drama major. On stage Cross performed in “La Ronde” at the Williamstown Theater Festival, in “Twelfth Night” at the Hartford Stage Company, and in “Two Gentlemen of Verona” at the Old Globe in San Diego.

Her first television job was on the daytime drama “The Edge of Night.” Leaving New York to try her luck in Los Angeles, Cross was soon landing roles in television movies such as “The Last Days of Frank and Jessie James,” co-starring with Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson. Her memorable role on “Melrose Place” began when she was hired for one episode. The producers were so impressed that they kept asking her back for additional appearances, eventually bringing her character back from the dead to continue on the hit show.

Cross also guest-starred on such series as “Seinfeld,” where she played Jerry’s dermatologist girlfriend, and “Cheers,” where she portrayed the younger sister to Kirstie Alley’s character. She has also appeared on the comedies “Ally McBeal,” “Spin City,” “The Garry Shandling Show” and “King of Queens.” Her dramatic roles include appearances on “CSI,” “Profiler” and “Touched by an Angel,” and her film credits include “”Living in Fear,” “Always Say Good-bye,” “Dancing in September” and “Bad Influence.”

Aside from her successful career as an actress, Cross has also made time to continue her education, completing her clinical training to earn a Masters Degree in Psychology. She makes her home in Los Angeles with her husband and two daughters.



   
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  Question:

How did you come on board the film "Bringing Up Bobby”? What was your reaction when you read the script and why did you accept the role of Mary?

Answer:

I first heard about "Bringing Up Bobby" when I was approached by Famke to play the role of Mary

I was intrigued with Famke's journey of becoming a film director because I had studied acting with her many years ago and remembered her as an incredibly artistic person as well as a wonderful actress. I met with her and she shared her passion for making this movie and telling the story of Olive and her excitement of recreating a particular genre of film.

Mostly I was moved by the story of a woman who lost her child and was faced with the choice of loving another with the knowledge that she was subjecting herself to excruciating heartbreak again. That for me was the reason to take the role.

Question:

What was your favorite moment on the set while shooting "Bringing Up Bobby" either on or off camera?

Answer:

My favorite moment on the set was during a scene where Milla's character comes to visit. I found myself so absorbed in the woman I was playing that I began embodying her soul and southerness as if it were my own, and that particular brand of femininity is not my forte!!

Question:

The film is a story about a mother seeking to build a better future, which character do you identify with the most?

Answer:

I suppose it is cliché, but the character I identified most with was Mary. Although I have no way of knowing the depth of pain a mother would feel to lose her child, I do know about the love.

Question:

What are your personal thoughts on your character Mary? Which of your own qualities did you bring to the table in this particular role, if any?

Answer:

I sometimes feel my heart will explode with the love I have for my daughters and can imagine that only the love of another child would bring it back to life after such a loss.

Question:

What sort of process did you go through to play your character in "Bringing Up Bobby"?

Answer:

Because I knew there would be a very tight shooting schedule and also very little screen time to understand her journey, I looked at each scene carefully and the arc of her story and committed to those moments as if the movie were all about me. I am , by nature, not deferential and it was important to me to find the place in me that was not strong, that would defer to a husband's wishes. And of course there was the depression that she is in when you first see her in the movie and the way the relationship with Bobby lifts her out of it.

Question:

You worked directly with Milla Jovovich and Bill Pullman. What was your experience like working with such diverse actors?

Answer:

I had certainly seen many pictures of Milla and have always been stunned by her beauty and stature. Amazingly within a short time of knowing her she instead exuded a warm and earthiness, more of a European mama who wanted to nurture and embrace you, than an unapproachable goddess. I loved working with her and watching her work.

And Bill Pullman simply makes it all look so easy. He just doesn't have a false note in him.

Question:

What kind of films would you like to work on in the future?

Answer:

I look forward to playing many diverse roles and am happy at last to be free to do that. Playing one character for eight years had many pluses but the part of me that likes to delve in to other's souls is happy to be able to do that again.
 

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