Sharon Stone discusses her new film LOVELACE
This is the true story of fame, abuse and betrayal set against the sexual revolution of the 1970’s. The movie stars Amanda Seyfried and Peter Sarsgaard as her husband. Sharon Stone does a great job of stealing this movie in her portrayal of Dorothy Boreman, Linda’s mother. In fact I did not even know it was Stone till halfway thru the film.
In 1972 – before the Internet, before the porn explosion- Deep Throat was a phenomenon: the first scripted pornographic theatrical feature film, featuring a story, some jokes, and an unknown and unlikely star, Linda Lovelace. Escaping a strict religious family she found freedom. She was an overnight sensation gaining both sexual and financial freedom. She became known for her impressive capacity for fellatio primarily and an enthusiastic spokesperson for uninhibited hedonism. The story of course turns dark and she finds herself a survivor of that dim highway. I had the chance to speak with Sharon Stone on her role in the film and more.
What attracted you to this part, playing the mother of Linda Lovelace?
One of the reasons I took this part is because the mother is the key element in all our lives. The mother is so tremendously important to us in our lives.
What did you take away from learning more about Linda Lovelace?
The character in this movie Linda Lovelace proves and really demonstrates that it’s not how you fall it’s how you get up.
The movie shows how tricky and challenging women’s rights were at the time and of course even today.
Yes, women’s rights are so important. What is so valuable is really how important women’s right are. In fact, they are in question now! So that is so important to me, I took this part for that very reason. You see this character at a time when women’s rights were not so clear. Information for women was not clear and on the table. You could see how desperately she needed that info and how it could have really helped her.
Your portrayal of this character was heartfelt and heartbreaking. In fact, I did not realize it was you till half way thru the movie.
I was very fortunate to get this part from these amazing producers. They came to me with a lot of material. There was material online. I did some deep digging though thru pictures. I found things written about this woman and the guys brought me some great material about this character. So I did find both pictures and other written material.
Were you able to base the character on anyone you knew from where you grew up?
Of course I did. I grew up in that era by the way, and there were a lot of women like her where I grew up deep in Pennsylvania. So there were a lot of working women there in the 70’s. These were women that worked in coffee shops, women that worked in diners. Hard working women! These women took care of their families. So it was a great opportunity for me to play someone that is really based on hard working women in this country. They are often single mothers trying to raise kids and they are often from very tough backgrounds.
How was your relationship with your parents as they seem to really shape how we grow into our skin as adults.
I had wonderful parents. We grew up with four children in the family. Whatever happens with your children, they never stop being your children. You may not like your kids but you never stop loving them. You might not like the choices they make but we never stop loving our children or stop hoping that they will find their true worth. So when your child does find the best in themselves and asks for you help on that journey, then the best thing you can do for them is to give them yourself. Because that’s our job. That’s our journey. That’s the thing we accept when we become parents. So from personal point of view, that is the truth for me.
LOVELACE is in theaters nationwide on August 9, 2013.