When Senior Planet talks to actress Talia Shire, you can't help but ask if her brother, Francis Ford Coppola, has sent care packs of his famous wine … especially since many of us take in much more during the closing of the Corona virus . Our entertainment correspondent, Gil Pringle, spoke to the 74-year-old actress prior to her last role.
"Forget the wine!" laughs Shire, an Oscar nominee for her role as Connie Corleone in her brother Godfather movies. "But Francis shared a great reading list with the family – books and poetry."
When she refers to family, she is of course referring to the Hollywood dynasty, including her brothers Francis and August; her niece, director Sofia Coppola and cousin Nicolas Cage; and her own son, Jason Schwartzman.
The quarantine went to the … dogs?
Shire & # 39; s second husband, producer Jack Schwartzman, died in 1
"We are all animal lovers, so my kids know I'm okay because I have my dogs," she continues. & # 39; I need them because I read Shakespeare to my dogs, I sing for them and trade with them! I would be lost without them. The dog adoption industry really was born after 9/11. Dogs bring so much healing, ”adds Shire, who keeps in touch with her family by phone, text and email. “I love receiving videos from my children and grandchildren. We all find those little things on the internet that make us happy. & # 39;
While she binge on old episodes of Columbo and old Michael Powell movies – The 1948 Red Shoes is her favorite – carrying a pandemic weight is the least of her problems. "I'm the baby of the family. My big brothers August and Francis were the great cooks while I was terrible. I'm a vegetarian, so I've found easy ways to eat healthy."
What's new in her Career
Famous for starring as Sly Stallone & # 39; s screenplay Adrian in the Rocky movies, she earned a 1976 Oscar nod for her role. & # 39; We've always kept in touch & # 39; notes Shire on, & # 39; Sylvester is a great poet and artist. & # 39;
Although she prefers to focus more on her sons, produce and cherish their work, she is occasionally seduced in front of the camera, seen in the Netflix series 'Grace and Frankie' and now in the award-winning independent film Working Man (read more here).
Written and directed by Robert Jury, she plays the wife of a factory worker who continues to work every day, even after the factory has closed. The film was shot on location in a real factory outside Chicago; it co-stars with Peter Gerety and Billy Brown.
"It's a very important story to tell, especially today," said the actress. “People need meaning in their lives through work. Even seniors should never be out of work; their job is to share their wisdom. Freud said, "To be happy, you need a job as a person and you need love." & # 39;
Thoughts on the Pandemic
Living in Los Angeles, near UCLA Medical Center, she applauds the courageous health workers on the front line of Covid 19. “What we all need to teach our children is humanity and the value of love. I see that actively demonstrated with medical care. These people were great, great healers. I go outside to think and pray. It is important to appreciate these acts of kindness. "
She hopes that a new generation of storytellers and filmmakers will create art during the closing." I think we are all in this crazy spiritual quarantine together. I really believe that we will all come out of this very transformed. & # 39; , to embrace the seasons. Aging is great, liberating and an opportunity to share your wisdom with your family and society.
Working Man is available everywhere on May 5. Watch the trailer here.
WORKING MAN is on-demand, Apple TV, Prime Video, Xfinity, Google Play, Spectrum, FandangoNow and Vudu (anywhere you can rent or buy movies). There is currently no end date for the digital release.
Photo: Film Still by Talia Shire in Working Man photo by Piero Basso, courtesy of Brainstorm Media.