“I feel as free and as creative, as sexual and as eager, as I ever have," Glenn Close says of life in her 70s

By Ale Russian
January 22, 2019 11:10 AM
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Glenn Close just scored her 7th Oscar nomination for her turn in The Wife — and she loved getting to show off her sexual side for the part.

The 71-year-old actress plays a woman living in the shadow of her Nobel Prize winning husband, played by Jonathan Pryce, also 71. The movie has an early sex scene between the two, showing a older couple becoming intimate. And Close was thrilled by it.

“It’s one of the great myths that you lose your sexuality as you get older,” she told The Guardian, adding that both she and Pryce showed up to set in their “jammies” before shooting the sex scene.

TimesTalks with Glenn Close and Meg Wolitzer, New York, USA - 31 Jul 2018
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“I feel as free and as creative, as sexual and as eager, as I ever have,” Close continued. “And it’s ironic because I’m thinking: ‘How much time do I have left now?’ There are so many things I’m interested in doing. It’s one of those ironies, I suppose, that we sometimes start feeling comfortable in our own skin only late in our lives, but hopefully with enough time to benefit from it.”

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Though the interview took place before nominations were announced early Tuesday morning, the star opened up about how she doesn’t stress about winning, even though she has yet to pick up a trophy in the 6 previous times she’s been nominated.

“I’ve survived all this time just being at the party, and I’ve loved it,” she said. “Most people sweat over whether they’ll actually win, but I’ve never felt that. I think I’ll be incredibly nervous when they open the envelope, but only because so many people will be disappointed if I don’t win. A lot of them already think I’ve got an Oscar. If I do lose, I want to look at the camera and reassure everyone: ‘I’m OK.’”

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