Ellen Burstyn solely had one #MeToo second in her total profession.
The Oscar-winning actress, 88, informed The Post that she “was never treated badly. I can’t complain about that,” earlier than recalling that really, it occurred as soon as.
“I had an agent make a pass at me,” she stated. “And I rejected him.”
Burstyn — whose new movie, “Queen Bees,” a romantic comedy set in a retirement group, is out now — stated that the agent informed her that if she wished to be represented by the company he labored for she would have “to go to bed with [him].”
“I had just started [acting],” the “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore” star stated. “I had just made my Broadway debut and had made the change from modeling. And I said to him without thinking, ‘Well, there goes my career.’”
Obviously, she has no regrets.
“I think that it’s very important for women to learn how to deal with that,” she stated. “I don’t think we have a lot of encouragement or a lot of instruction, how to respond to men. And I think now, that’s changing too.”
Despite being near her ninetieth birthday, the Emmy and Tony winner continues to be busy performing. In “Queen Bees,” she performs an unbiased senior who quickly strikes into a close-by retirement group, the place she encounters imply ladies — the solid consists of display screen legend Ann-Margret and comedy star Jane Curtin — and even strikes up a romance with a fellow resident, performed by James Caan.
It’s a delightfully mild film that Burstyn adores.
“It’s a movie about a retirement home that’s fun,” she stated. “Since I was 50 I’ve been sent scripts whose plot is, how do we get grandma into the nursing home? And they’re always kind of unbearable places. So why on earth would grandma want to go into that nursing home?”
She loves that “Queen Bees” presents a distinct imaginative and prescient.
“This place was … beautiful and classy and had a wonderful swimming pool and garden,” she stated of the actual retirement house the place they filmed. “And really nice restaurants with good food, and people were getting together and forming romances and they were having a really good time. So it made me happy to be able to present that kind of option.”
“Queen Bees” contains a scene during which Burstyn’s character, named Helen, giddily smokes a joint — however that’s not one thing she does in actual life anymore, she stated.
“I did everything in my 20s and 30s,” she stated. “And then one by one, I started giving things up. So first, I gave up cigarettes. And then I gave up heavy liquor. But, I’d still like wine for a while. And then finally I gave up wine [with] ice. And then the last thing was the occasional joint.”
Burstyn additionally admits that the “closest thing I’ve got” to romance proper now could be a new pet, conceding that she doesn’t suppose she would even wish to stay with a person.
“You get to a point where you just — I had three husbands, you know? After a while, solitude is not so bad. So I wouldn’t say I’m looking,” she stated.
As for her recommendation for budding thespians, The “Requiem for a Dream” star’s go-to knowledge is the well-worn adage: follow, follow, follow.
“Get in a good class, study with a good teacher, be acting all the time,” she stated. “If you think about, say, a concert pianist, you wouldn’t only practice when you got a concert. And, you know, if you only act when you get an audition or you get a job, you’re not going to be in very good shape.”
For Burstyn, a little bit spot in New York City grew to become her artistic haven.
“The Actors Studio saved me,” she stated of the well-known performing college, which she joined in 1967 and now serves as its co-president with Alec Baldwin and Al Pacino. “You know, for years I was there … working on really hard material and staying in shape. So when I got an audition I was, you know, creatively fit.”