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Speaking to New York Magazine contributing editor David Marchese, actor Kathleen TurnerĀ revealed whatā€™s been motivating her all these years:


And by that she meant:

Iā€™m fuckinā€™ angry, man.



She also had this to say about starring opposite Nicholas Cage in 1986's Peggy Sue Got Married, for which she received an Oscar nomination:

Listen, I made it work, honey.

Beyond the gasp-inducing sound bites, though, lies a lot of insight into the mind of a woman who went from being revered as a sex symbol to reviled for being a ā€œnightmareā€ on set.

On gaining a reputation for being ā€œdifficultā€ to work with, Turner said:

The ā€˜difficultā€™ thing was pure gender crap. If a man comes on set and says, ā€˜Hereā€™s how I see this being done,ā€™ people go, ā€˜Heā€™s decisive.ā€™ If a woman does it, they say, ā€˜Oh, fuck. There she goes.ā€™

Perhaps it helped that, early in her career, she decided that sheā€™d rather be a good actor than be liked.

My first Broadway show was Gemini in ā€™78. I played this spoiled white girl whose boyfriend is struggling with whether or not heā€™s gay. She canā€™t handle that, and at the top of the second act there was a scene where sheā€™s saying how wrong it all is. I was not doing the scene well and I didnā€™t know why. Then it hit me: Iā€™m afraid that the audience is going to think that Iā€™m like this character. I didnā€™t want people to think that I was this stuck-up, privileged white girl. But thereā€™s the choice: Do you want the audience to like you or do you want to be a good actor? Thatā€™s an easy choice for me.


Read the rest of the interview on Vulture, and please feel free to stan forever if you arenā€™t already.