Marcia Gay Harden apologizes for THAT comment thought to be about Judi Dench and says it was ‘misinterpreted’
Marcia Gay Harden has apologized for a comment believed to be a dig at Judi Dench, claiming it was “misinterpreted.”
Two decades ago, Marcia, 61, won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for Pollock and went down a category with Judi, 86.
In a recent Vulture interview Marcia theorized that one of her competitors was “not so happy” with the results and her interviewer concluded that she meant Judi.
Side by Side: Marcia Gay Harden (left) has apologized for a comment believed to be a dig at Judi Dench (left), insisting she was ‘misinterpreted’
Marcia’s competitors for that Oscar night were Judi for Chocolat, Kate Hudson and Frances McDormand for Almost Famous and Julie Walters for Billy Elliott.
Judi plays a daffy old landlady in Chocolat, while Marcia won her Oscar for portraying Jackson Pollock’s wife and fellow painter Lee Krasner.
She said to Vulture, “I thought the girls were very happy for me too. There was one I won’t mention – but it wasn’t Kate – who apparently wasn’t that happy. ‘
While the interview tried to limit her to an answer through elimination, Marcia added that it wasn’t Julie Walters either.
History: Two decades ago, Marcia, 61, won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for Pollock (in which she is depicted) and triumphed over a category that included Judi, 86
And I’m friends with Frances McDormand. Please, ”Marcia said as she left her interview to conclude,“ So, Judi Dench. ‘
However, Marcia graciously insisted, “I don’t want to say anything negative about anyone, to be honest. It was my perception that someone wasn’t that happy, but you never know what’s going on. ‘
After the comment went viral, Marcia found herself posting an apology on Instagram on Tuesday for the quote from the interview.
‘I’m very sorry’: After the comment went viral, Marcia found herself posting an apology on Instagram on Tuesday for the quote from the interview
“In a recent interview, one of my answers pertaining to Dame Judith Dench was misinterpreted,” she wrote in her statement.
‘I’ve never met Ms. Dench – but if I had, I’m sure I would have found her as generous and supportive if she was respected. I’m very sorry for anything that would have made someone think differently, ”she added.
Two years before Marcia won Best Supporting Actress, Judi took the same award for her performance as Queen Elizabeth I in Shakespeare In Love.
Remember When: Judi plays a daffy old landlady in Chocolat (pictured), while Marcia won her Oscar for portraying Jackson Pollock’s wife and fellow painter Lee Krasner
She was previously nominated for Best Actress for playing Queen Victoria in the movie Mrs. 1997’s Brown opposite Billy Connolly.
Since then, Judi has been nominated four times for best actress through the films Iris, Mrs. Henderson Presents, Notes On A Scandal and Philomena.
In the documentary Tea With The Dames, she was candid about the role nerves play in her work, saying, “Fear is petrol.”