Marie Claire: You’ve already won a Golden Globe, a New York Film Critics Circle Award, a Critics Choice award, and a SAG award, which seems to put you in a good spot to get an Oscar. So, why do this?
Melissa Leo: You have to understand what I needed to understand two years ago when I did Frozen River: You don’t go to Vogue in June for July’s cover. Around the middle of December I had finally gotten the info that I was not going to get a national cover.
MC: Obviously, that was frustrating. What do you attribute that to?
ML: It seemed to come down to issues between box office and age. It’s a selling-magazines issue. I get it. So, fine, why even bother?
MC: Full disclosure: We did put Amy Adams on our cover in January. But we adore you, too! Has it been interesting sharing the nomination with Amy?
ML: That’s not hard to do. The spread that you did on Amy… The cover was spectacular and said so much about Amy. I can’t think about her without going back to the shoot itself and the friendship we made then. It gets stronger and stronger — the way she taught me and helped me as an actor both on and off the set in Lowell. [Read more…]