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Melanie Griffith Talks Theatre & Aging As An Actress

August 20
6:18 PM 2013

Melanie Griffith Talks Theatre & Aging As An ActressScreen superstar and occasional stage actress Melanie Griffith discusses the necessity of theatre to stay active in a youth-obsessed Broadway and Hollywood industry, particularly as an actress, in a candid new interview.

Griffith comments, "It is what I never thought would happen when I was in my 20s and 30s, hearing actresses b*tch about not getting any work when they turned 50. Now I understand it, it is just different. In a lot of ways, [Hollywood] a very superficial place. It is all about youth and beauty, for women anyway. You just have to keep biting and pushing your way through, doing theater."

Griffith did just that back in 2003, making her Broadway debut in the long-running revival of CHICAGO in the role of Roxie Hart. She has since continued to tread the boards, most recently in NO WAY AROUND BUT THROUGH by Scott Caan in 2012.

"I believe in just being really good and working on my craft which is how I started in the first place. I really like that as opposed to the fame part of it," Griffith says.

As for re-teaming with stage co-star Caan sometime soon, Griffith says that is very likely to happen in the near future, "Scott Caan just asked me to play his mom on 'Hawaii Five-0.' We did a play together last summer and I adore him."

Plus, who could refuse a musical with her famous thespian husband, Antonio Banderas?! Let's hope we see more Melanie onstage in the future, whether it be drama, comedy or musical.

Hollywood's loss is Broadway's gain!

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