You can pick and choose the projects you work on - what interested you about this one?
Steven had told me about it in 2007. And so I knew I was going to do it, because I’ve done seven movies with him, and I basically just work with him whenever I get a chance. And then the script came, and it’s really one of the best scripts I’ve ever read. Richard (LaGravenese) did such a beautiful job. I’d read Scott Thorson’s book, and Richard just seemed to nail a really interesting dynamic. And I think for Michael and I - that was a way in. We’re both married. We’ve both been in relationships awhile, so we could relate. But Richard wrote such a human script that it was really easy for me to just connect to the character, and the relationship.
And another reason I wanted to do the movie was I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to play opposite Michael Douglas. I didn’t want to miss having a front row seat to Michael playing Liberace.
You’ve worked with Steven Soderbergh many times. Tell us a little about his directing style, and how you collaborate with him.
I’ve never really worked with anybody like Steven. Spielberg is similar, in the sense that, he’s cutting in camera, and making decisions in as decisive a manner as you could ask, which comes from an understanding of how things cut together. We really wanted to do it justice. But it would’ve been really tough to do take after take of some of these more intimate scenes. It’s a challenge, as an actor, and one that I really wanted to take on. And knowing it was Steven, and knowing that there’s a scene where I have to walk out of a pool, and straddle Michael on a chaise lounge, and start making out with him. We didn’t rehearse it. I just came out in a white, bejeweled, man-kini with a big blonde wig and sunglasses, and we did it in one take.
And I understand that Steven also operates his own camera?