3 posts tagged "Lily Rabe"
They were made for the stage. And while many of their contemporaries are content to hoof it to Hollywood and make a play for screentime, up-and-coming actresses (and friends) Zoe Kazan, Lily Rabe, and Mamie Gummer (left to right)—screen veterans all, too, by the way—are happy to be in New York, treading the boards. All from theatrical stock—Gummer is the daughter of Meryl Streep; Rabe, of playwright David Rabe and actress Jill Clayburgh; and Kazan, the granddaughter of legendary director Elia Kazan—each has a long list of Broadway and stage credits to her name. (Kazan is currently starring opposite Christopher Walken on Broadway in A Behanding in Spokane; Rabe is in rehearsals for The Merchant of Venice at Shakespeare in the Park this summer, where she’ll play off one Al Pacino.) They also have, as it happens, a semi-professional interest in fashion. At our interview in the theater district (the better for Kazan to make her evening curtain), Zoe wore a Gary Graham tee and Valentino heels, Mamie an Acne shift and Slow and Steady Wins the Race laceups, and Lily a Valentino dress. No accident on the big V—all three are on the committee for Monday’s Valentino-sponsored Junior Spring Lincoln Center Institute Benefit. We sat down with the actresses for a talk about stage, screen, and sneakers—a key tool, as it turns out, in an actress’ arsenal.
The three of you, in addition to being longtime friends, are all on the benefit committee for Monday’s Lincoln Center Institute benefit. Can you tell us a little about the event?
Mamie Gummer: The Lincoln Center Institute promotes art education in schools, integrating music and art into all subjects. The example that Serena [Merriman, fellow committee member] always gives is, you play a Nina Simone song at the beginning of the school year, and then, for example, study the rhythm for mathematics…I feel like I would’ve liked math a little bit more if it had been centered on a song.
Zoe Kazan: Coming from creative families, we were all nurtured in our creativity, but most people aren’t.
Valentino’s sponsoring, and dressing you. That’s exciting to us—but are you into fashion, too?
Lily Rabe: Listen, who doesn’t love Valentino? [Laughs.]
MG: It’s almost intrinsically connected now, this business and fashion. You don’t really have a choice—you have to be passionate about fashion.
ZK: Acting is playing dress-up, and fashion is a larger extension of that. Another costume.
Do you have similar taste?
MG: We all have very good taste. [Laughs.]
LR: I feel like we’d happy to raid each other’s closets, but we probably have different tastes. But I can’t imagine [we wouldn’t find something]…
ZK: I think we’d do fine.
MG: My closet is all Opening Ceremony, Steven Alan…I’m a one-stop shopper. Continue Reading “Zoe Kazan, Lily Rabe, And Mamie Gummer Know How To Dress The Part” »
Lily Rabe was born with the pedigree of an actor’s actor. Her father is playwright David Rabe (whose works were the subject of a recent New Yorker retrospective), and her mother is actress Jill Clayburgh. But Rabe, who graduated from Northwestern University in 2004, has been making theatrical inroads of her own. In 2005 she debuted on Broadway in Steel Magnolias and later took on George Bernard Shaw’s Heartbreak House, garnering award nominations for both performances. After a few film roles, Rabe returns to Broadway for her latest project: starring opposite Mercedes Ruehl in The American Plan. Style.com caught up with the up-and-comer during a break from rehearsal to talk about first loves, Ryan Gosling, and her Achilles heel: Alexander Wang. The American Plan opens in previews this Friday.
Tell me about your character in The American Plan.
Well, her name is Lili. She’s very challenging, but that’s really what you want, isn’t it? [Playwright] Rich [Greenberg] has this amazing way of getting to the underbelly of human relationships, and I think one of the great things about his writing is that it can really sneak up on you. You think you’re watching one thing, and then you’re slapped in the face with something else. Basically, the play is very much about Lili’s relationship with her mother. Their attachment to one another is very deep, and the stakes are very high. Without giving too much away, everyone in the play is wildly in love with someone else, and very often it’s the wrong person.
It sounds like a lot of universals: the mother-daughter relationship, insiders and outsiders, falling in love, falling in love with the wrong people. Did you draw on life experiences for the role?
No, I always fall in love with the right people. [Laughs] Yes, of course; not that I’ve ever been in a relationship like any of these necessarily. The point is they’re all so human and, like you said, so universal. So, absolutely, there are pieces from my life. Anyone who’s been desperately in love [knows] you act very strangely. Continue Reading “Lily Rabe Doesn’t Want to Know Who’s Coming on Opening Night” »