|Huston in "Smash"|
"Smash" is a new NBC series that follows the creation of a Broadway show based on the life of Marilyn Monroe. Musicals and Marilyn? Um...I was in. I pressed play without hesitation.
But this isn't a review of "Smash". Though I would highly recommend you watch it. The show has an ease of pace and that goosebump-inducing goodness that only a great showtune can bring.
But it also has something else...Anjelica Huston. Just the sight of her literally makes me sit up and pay attention anytime I see her face or hear her voice. There is a shot in "Smash" of Anjelica Huston defiantly walking down a hallway and it gave me the chills.
Her character on the show is Eileen Rand, a soon-to-be ex-wife whose husband is trying to shut her down and shut her up in every way, steal her passion and prevent her from producing a "My Fair Lady" revival on Broadway. But Rand is determined to produce something, so she secretly sets all the wheels in motion on the Marilyn musical. It's a new project she can channel all her energy and frustration into. Watching Huston portray a character who is so good at what they do is exhilarating.
Every second Huston spends onscreen is captivating.
One of my mentors, writer Jill Christman, used to approach inspiration from a psychological standpoint. Her theory was that us creative types tend to obsess and fixate. Rather than fight that, we should indulge it and try to get to the root of our obsession so we can channel that obsessive energy into something productive. (Think of the fanboy and fangirl lives this theory could change...can you imagine a world where every fangirl was productive? There might be peace in three weeks.)
So what is it with me and Anjelica Huston? Let me think over some of her roles that spring to mind first...