‘I Went In Without Vanity’: Retired star Lara Flynn Boyle, 51, talks about first movie role in over FIVE YEARS… while giving a rare interview where she says she wasn’t afraid ‘to look the part like a jerk’ drama
Retired movie star Lara Flynn Boyle has given a rare interview as the 51-year-old actress gears up to release her first film in more than five years.
Speak with The Hollywood ReporterBoyle — who promotes the action drama Death in Texas — dismisses the interviewer’s claim that it’s a comeback role, saying, “I never went anywhere.”
Boyle, best known for her role as Donna Hayward in the ’90s cult television series Twin Peaks, gives a refreshingly candid interview and says she wasn’t afraid to look like in the new movie.
Retired actress Lara Flynn Boyle, 51, gives rare interview as she stars in first film role in over FIVE YEARS
“It was a commitment to myself to go in without vanity,” she says of the role. “I was like, ‘Look, I’m going to look like a s****. Make me look even more worthless than I already should.’ It was selfish, again, it was like being back in acting class.”
The actress is known for undergoing plastic surgery over the years, often seen sporting a dramatically different look than how she is remembered on screen.
But the star says: ‘I’m an actress, so it’s hard to be so selfless. [Laughs] Hey! I know! We like attention. But I was like, “Let’s be raw and absolutely 100 percent not self-involved.” It was a bit of work to be so mindless and to focus completely on another human being.’
Mother: The interviewer points out that it is shocking in the film to see her play a mother to a character played by actor Ronnie Blevins, who is only eight years her junior at age 43 (pictured above together)
The interviewer points out to Boyle that it is shocking in the film to see her play the mother of a character played by actor Ronnie Blevins, who is only eight years her junior at age 43.
But Boyle replied that she based her character on one of her best friends who had a daughter at age 15.
“I felt a bit more sisterly than maternal, but it was about the same line,” she explained. “Often he would say, ‘What do you think of this?’ And I’d say, “Shut up. Don’t make me feel so old.”
Retired: One of Boyle’s last red carpet appearances was in 2017 in Beverly Hills (pictured above)
Classic: Boyle is best known for her role as Donna Hayward on the 1990s cult television series Twin Peaks (pictured above starring Sherilyn Fenn and James Marshall
“He’d say, ‘No, what do you think of this?’ We were never prevented from having a chat or anything, all day long every day. We shared a very symbiotic kind of kinetic bond.’
Elsewhere in the interview, Boyle said she “gave up” her vanity a long time ago.
Boyle quotes Bette Davis’ famous line “Old age is no place for sissies,” Boyle says, “It’s a beautiful hurdle to overcome. Things fall, things fall, things change, but the work is always there.’
Stunning: Elsewhere in the interview, Boyle — pictured above in 1991 — said she “gave up” on her vanity long ago.