Olympia Dukakis Discusses Lesbian Role in ‘Cloudburst’

Olympia Dukakis Discusses Lesbian Role in ‘Cloudburst’

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Olympia Dukakis (L), Brenda Fricker (R) in Cloudburst

In a recent interview with The Guardian, Steel Magnolias icon Olympia Dukakis dished on her new lesbian role opposite Brenda Fricker. Dukakis, 80, said in the interview:

Tell me about Cloudburst. That seems very much a film about the freedom of not belonging. Oh absolutely. It’s about two old lesbians who run off to Canada to get married, so that’s completely what it’s about. And the character of Stella is great: very belligerent and in your face. [Director] Thom Fitzgerald kept pushing me out of my comfort zone and making me say things that were more and more outrageous. I looked at the film in post-production and could barely recognise myself. I thought, My God, that’s a man!

I saw that one critic described your character as a foul-mouthed, lesbian Walter Matthau … Really? I love that! I hope it’s true.

How do you feel about this sideline as a gay icon? I appreciate that my work is seen and understood and feels relevant to people. And I’m lucky enough to have friends of all different sexual persuasions, some of which are utterly inexplicable to me. So it’s all good. Last year I was grand marshal at the San Francisco gay parade, and that was good too. You get to ride around in a car and wave at people: that’s about it. My arm got so tired from the waving that my brother had to hold it up for me.

Read the full story here: Olympia Dukakis: ‘My character is described as a foul-mouthed lesbian Walther Matthau? I love that!’

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