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DESPITE her many successes, Rachel Griffiths is crossing her fingers for her next project.
Griffiths, 45, is in pre-production on her TV directorial debut ahead of series two of the ABC show, Nowhere Boys.
She’s set to start filming next Thursday and has been working closely with the cast including Joel Lok, Matthew Testro, Dougie Baldwin and Rahart Adams.
“The boys are gorgeous,” Griffiths told Confidential at the David Jones launch.
Hollywood star Rachel Griffiths is loving combining acting and directing in Australia and reckons there is no shortage of top-class homegrown talent.
But she would find it hard to say no to appearing on another smash American drama like Game of Thrones or House of Cards.
Griffiths’ character, Lewis’s first wife Belle Lamont, makes waves on the Nine Network drama House Husbands.
She is enjoying mixing it up with different projects after spending more than a decade starring in two American hit TV dramas.
“My idea after Brothers & Sisters and Six Feet Under having done two things for 10 years was to do 10 things in two years,” she told AAP.
“It was just to kind of mix it up and push the boundaries of who you think you are as an actor, as a producer (and) as a content creator.”
“And that is still working for me very much here.”
Griffiths has recently begun pre-production for her TV directorial debut on ABC3’s teenage drama, Nowhere Boys, created by Tony Ayres.
“Tony Ayres is a world-class producer in terms of his content understanding, his production understanding – I don’t feel in any way that in Melbourne I’m slumming it or I could have a better mentor,” she said.
Griffiths said her career path will partly depend on how she can balance work with being a mum to her three young children, Banjo, Adelaide and Clementine.
“I close my door to no opportunities,” Griffiths said.
“I watch House of Cards and I watch Game of Thrones and Andy (her husband) is like `if one of those came in tomorrow, what would you do?’ and you go well, you know, it would be pretty exciting.”
Griffiths will head overseas later this year to be part of Irish director Rebecca Daly’s film Mammal, in which her role will be the most difficult character she has played for some time.
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Now she has spoken out to thank Flockhart for inspiring her head home when she took time off from her career after five years starring as Ally McBeal. Griffiths tells Sydney’s Daily Telegraph, “Calista was a real model for me…She just walked away after Ally McBeal. Obviously she had a tremendous amount more money than I did to do that, not to mention (her husband) Harrison Ford, but she just stepped back and embraced her personal life and didn’t regret it for a second. “I had really not seen my children enough. I’d outsourced a lot of that child stuff in order to do 70-to-80 hour weeks on set and I just wanted my kids to actually like me.”
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Ron Rifkin, whose performance as Isaac Geldhart in the original production of The Substance of Fire earned him Obie, Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel and Drama-Logue awards, steps into that role in Second Stage Theatre’s current revival of the Jon Robin Baitz drama beginning May 20 at the Tony Kiser Theatre.
Rifkin will be seen through May 23, temporarily replacing John Noble, who is unable to perform due to an unforeseen conflict with the filming schedule for his Fox series “Sleepy Hollow.” Noble is scheduled to return for the final weekend of performances May 24-25.
Rifkin attended the revival of Substance of Fire May 9 when he was informed of the scheduling conflict and offered to step into the role on short notice. “Despite his reputation, I have always found Isaac Geldhart fascinating company and I am more than happy to have the chance to spend more time with him, especially in such a spectacular production,” Rifkin said in a recent statement. “And if it can help Robbie, John, Trip and everyone at Second Stage Theatre, all the better.”
Set the DVR’s Sally is a guest on Letterman on Wednesday!
Sally Field is showing her support for the Human Rights Campaign after “License to Discriminate” bills began appearing across the country. The organization aims to raise $150,000 by March 31 to fight back against these efforts and further additional non-discrimination initiatives in the next 90 days.
To get the word out, the 67-year-old Brothers & Sisters actress penned a heartfelt letter about her experiences as the mother of a homosexual son two heterosexual boys. “The three things I’m most proud of in my life are my sons, Peter, Eli and Sam,” the Amazing Spider-Man 2 star writes. “They are kind, loving and productive people. Each with their own list of talents and accomplishments.”
She continues, “Sam is my youngest son, by 18 years, and he’s gay. To that, I say: So what?”
She’ll return to the network after roles in “October Road” and “Brothers & Sisters,” among others.
ABC’s upcoming summer series Astronaut Wives Club has cast another of its leading ladies.
House alum Odette Annable has joined the summer drama from Gossip Girl’s Stephanie Savage, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Astronaut Wives Club hails from Fake Empire’s Savage, who will pen the script and executive produce the ABC Studios vehicle via the banner she runs with Josh Schwartz. Fake Empire president of TV Len Goldstein and Schwartz will executive produce alongside Michael London’s Groundswell.
“I was a lot older than most people when I finally made it out to L.A.,” said Calista Flockhart, who was 30 years old before landing her first West Coast job in the 1996 film The Birdcage. “I don’t know how it happened. It wasn’t intentional — it just worked out that way.”
Before her big television break on the hit series Ally McBeal, Flockhart was a regular in the New York theater scene. She performed in a number of small off-Broadway productions as well as Broadway mountings of The Three Sisters and The Glass Menagerie, in which she played Laura opposite the late stage legend Julie Harris. Deprived of her home on the New York stage, she has found L.A. Theatre Works as a place to get what she calls a “quick fix of the theater” while managing her family’s busy Los Angeles schedule.
Fox has tapped Dave Annable as a series regular for the network’s drama pilot “Red Band Society.”
Annable, who previously appeared in the ABC drama series “Brothers and Sisters” and “666 Park Avenue,” will play the role of pediatric oncologist and surgeon Dr. William McAndrew.
“Red Band Society,” exec produced by Margaret Nagle, Steven Spielberg, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank and Sergio Aguero, is a remake of the Catalan TV show “Polseres Vermelles” and follows a group of teenagers who meet as patients in the children’s wing of a hospital and become unlikely allies.
Oscar winner Octavia Spencer has already been cast to star.