Encore of my 2011 interview with Jacqueline Bisset
The subject of Jacqueline Bisset’s Golden Globes speech was being gabbed about at a party I went to last night and I told some people that I had experienced a far different woman when I encountered her three years ago at the BAFTA-LA Tea Party.
It gave me the idea to just go ahead and re-post it. So here it is, not at all updated:
The lovely Jacqueline Bisset and I chatted at the BAFTA/LA Awards Season Tea Party about Sunday’s Academy Awards.
Since she is an Academy member, I wondered what she thought of the Academy rules, changed last year, that widened the best picture category from five to 1o slots.
The star of such films as Rich and Famous, Death In Love, The Greek Tycoon, Latter Days and Bullitt is not a fan.
“I’m uncomfortable with that at this point,” Miss Bissett said. “When I filling it out I was thinking, ‘This feels excessive.’ I have a tendency to like small movies so it doesn’t take me into that area of the big Hollywood movie any more than it ever did.”
At 66, Miss Bissett is still a stunning woman and keeping busy with meaty roles on television (Did you see her during season 4 of Nip/Tuck?) and in film.
“I am keeping busy,” she said. “I’m pretty willing to take risks and I don’t mind if I look bad at this point. I like to find substantial things.”
She’s found a lot of the better roles in smaller independent films but there’s also a down side to that.
“You’re paid virtually nothing for those movies, you virtually do it for free – it costs you money to do them! The whole economic thing for actors, it’s tough these days. I had a lucky year this year. I’m a spokeswoman for Avon and it’s been a fun thing to do. We’ve done a very nice commercial and a photo shoot and stuff. I’ve never done anything like that before, I’ve always resisted it.”
Well, a girl’s gotta make a living!