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Christine Baranski

Out magazine interview

19 Dec, 2014

Baranski discu1D7B50ECsses her role as Cinderella’s Stepmother in Rob Marshall’s screen adaptation of Sondheim’s Into the Woods, her long working relationship with Marshall, and why she accepted a small part in the film.

The Stepmother is a peripheral character. But frankly, those little musical entrances are very tricky. That’s how she’s introduced: She breezes down the staircase, and you have to hit your mark. I often say playing small roles is more challenging than a large role because you have very little time, especially onscreen, to say, “This is exactly who that character is—so it has to be cut and crystal.” If there’s a laugh, a funny moment, you have to score it.