Collette plays Ellie Klug, an alcoholic rock journalist, in this drama directed by Megan Griffiths. In her youth, Ellie dated Matthew Smith, an influential folk musician, until he disappeared. Now, she is on the verge of losing her job at a music magazine unless she finds Matthew and writes a story about him. Co-starring Oliver Platt and Thomas Haden Church.
Someone like Ellie, her intention is to numb out. She’s basically self-medicating with a lot of alcohol and avoiding any kind of intimacy or real relationship because it’s too confronting.
Collette discusses her career, upcoming CBS drama Hostages, and film The Way, Way Back in this interview for PBS.
Well, I think the most interesting thing about any story is how people change. That’s usually a struggle, because change is pretty much an uncomfortable thing. We’re all really happy with what’s familiar. But what’s inevitable in life is change. That’s what life is.
Collette plays Pam, a single mother with a new boyfriend, in this dramedy written and directed by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash. Pam takes her son, her boyfriend, and her boyfriend’s daughter on a summer vacation where truths are revealed. Co-starring Steve Carrell and Allison Janney. On her character’s journey:
Well, the truth is dawning on Pam. She’s listening, but she’s ignoring. It’s a matter of actually having some self-respect, and listening to that truthful affirmance in your heart. That’s all you can do, really — in anything in life.
Collette is nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy at the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards for portraying Tara Gregson on United States of Tara.
I am thrilled and I am honored to be nominated, and it is a great thing for our show.
Collette is nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy at the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards for portraying Tara Gregson on United States of Tara.
I am thrilled and honored to represent United States of Tara in this way! I really hope this helps to widen the audience for our show!
Collette plays Lynn Sear, a single mother of a troubled young boy, in this dramatic thriller written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan. Lynn is worried and scared by what she sees as her son’s constant lies about what he sees around him. Co-starring Bruce Willis and Haley Joel Osment.
But yeah, when we were making it, we did have—without being corny—a sense of it being somehow special, that it would do something. Certainly not what it did do, that was beyond anyone’s expectations or imagination.
Collette plays Muriel Heslop, a lonely young woman, in this romantic dramedy written and directed by P.J. Hogan. Muriel dreams of her wedding day but has never had a date. She seizes an opportunity to change her life, hoping for her happily ever after. Co-starring Rachel Griffiths. On the film’s cult status:
I can tell it still resonates on a certain level because people quote lines to me, and continue to want to talk about it. It’s incredible, really. It’s been 20 years since I made it. For it to have such a long-lasting effect is amazing, amazing!