Glenn Close's new film, Albert Nobbs, is a deeply moving tale about a woman forced to live as a man in 19th Century Ireland in order to survive, taking on the job of a butler for many years, until she falls in love. Suddenly her job, her secret and her world are threatened.
The movie and its message have been a labor of love for Close.
"I would like it if it made people think about what it is that makes us human beings, and what it is that unites us rather than separates us," said Close, looking chic in an Armani pants suit. "I personally think that we all need to feel safe, and that we all need some sort of connection with another human being. That supersedes gender, and it's all about how you can survive. For me that's the basic message."
Mia Wasikowska, gorgeous in a black Elie Saab cocktail dress, loved working with Close, and loved the message.
"It was a really beautiful movie about finding someone to survive with in the very pure sense of the word. It's also about the masks that people put up and how they hide behind them, and how it can really affect your life," she said.
Close's face is entirely transformed by prosthetics and makeup. FashionEtc asked the director, Rodrigo Garcia, how long the daily ritual took.
"Not that long. It was under two hours, it wasn't a big mega thing. It was definitely hard work. We couldn't afford to make it take longer, we had budget and time constraints," answered Garcia. "Her transformation was helped by the cut of the clothing. She's wearing something to change the shape of the torso, but a lot of it was posture, the way she walked and the way she approached Nobbs' physicality."Add a comment