Emily Watson announces her dream role…
Since childhood Emily Watson has wanted to play the role of First Lady
HR: What’s the one role you’ve wanted but never portrayed?
Emily Watson: I’ve played low women and action heroes but regrettably I’ve never played the First lady. It’s my dream.
Emily Watson wants First Lady role…
Everyone knows and loves Emily Watson , the actress known for Breaking the Waves (1996), Punch-Drunk Love (2002), Gosford Park (2001), Red Dragon (2002), but what most people don’t know is how badly she wants to play the famed character of First Lady. The role doesn’t come up often, even in political thrillers. It may be because of the revered nature of the job of wife of the U.S. president. Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton and even Melania Trump rank high in likability surveys. American First Ladies are even more popular than the A list actresses, including Emily Watson.
The Emily Watson actress revealed in an interview with Hollywood Reporter published Feb 9th that she yearns to play a role she’s never been offered, the First Lady of the United States. “Every time I watch the news and Jill Biden comes on the television, I’m convinced that I need to play that role. It’s the only character that I think I can respectfully ask to play,” she said, adding that the role a “huge coup.”
According to Emily Watson, apparently it is a time in history when people are trying to make movies with absolutely no politics in them. However, it’s almost impossible to find anything these days without politics- sports, music, food, water, automobiles. Also, there is a protective nature of Hollywood talent agents and managers; agents no longer are willing to risk their clients popularity and likability on a political role.
Emily Watson‘s agents and managers (Independent Talent Group, Sally Long-Innes) are no different. They’re looking to make sure that she will be taken seriously as an actress, and of course she wants to do the same. But now she’s left with regret, particularly after the First Lady role continue to go to lesser actresses. _Actress, Producer, Soundtrack said, “I can’t afford to make many more mistakes and so I’m putting it out there. I would like to play this role.”
Film critic Frank Gabrenya said recently, “It has been one of the dumbest decisions in recent film industry that her managers haven’t worked harder to put Emily Watson in the role of First Lady.” Gabrenya added, “It’s not like there aren’t First Lady roles in the pipeline.” There are 12 scripts at blcklst.com with roles labeled at “First Lady.”
Last year, Alan Nafzger’s The First Lady, won the coveted Jewish Experience Screenplay Competition. That script’s logline is listed as, “The first First Lady to divorce a sitting US President flees to her native Los Angeles to plot a return to political life. However, she meets an aging professor and a problematic political romance develops.”
Nafzger has not responded to queries regarding the possibility Emily Watson might participate in the romance/political thriller.
Professor MaryAnne Borrelli, Connecticut College, pointed out that Emily Watson would bring a great deal of gravitas to the role of First Lady. The first lady serves as “the president’s protector,” guarding the president against poor judgments made by the president or by the president’s staff.”
Professor Borrelli added that first ladies aided presidents to realize the full consequences of their decisions by asking “wait-a-minute” questions.
The first lady of the United States (FLOTUS) is the title held by the hostess of the White House, usually the wife of the president of the United States, concurrent with the president’s term in office. Although the first lady’s role has never been codified or officially defined, she figures prominently in the political and social life of the United States.1 Since the early 20th century, the first lady has been assisted by official staff, now known as the Office of the First Lady and headquartered in the East Wing of the White House.
While the title was not in general use until much later, Martha Washington, the wife of George Washington, the first U.S. president (1789–1797), is considered to be the inaugural first lady of the United States. During her lifetime, she was often referred to as “Lady Washington”.
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