A romantic comedy starring some of the biggest names in Hollywood will feature an actress who’s also had her share of success in television and film. Patricia Rae stars as Madonna in the upcoming film, “The Big Wedding.”
The actress stopped by to talk about the movie, as well as her role alongside heavyweights, Robert DeNiro, Amanda Seyfried and Diane Keaton.
Why did you decide to go into acting?
It was the only constant in my life. We moved a lot when I was growing up. I went to so many schools. And even if I didn’t know what level math I was at, they always offered a drama class. I was always acting, from the minute I could talk.
You’ve appeared in TV shows like “Law & Order,” “The Mentalist,” and “Chuck.” You will be appearing in the upcoming film, “The Big Wedding,” which stars Robert DeNiro, Amanda Seyfried and Diane Keaton. How is acting on television different than acting in film?
The difference is preparation and speed. For a film most of the time you have the luxury of rehearsal, which lets you discover your character, more like when you are doing theater. On TV, you need to be ready to shoot the scene at the audition. TV moves very fast.
How did you get involved with “The Big Wedding?”
I had an audition for it, but was out of town in NY, so my manager arranged for me to meet with the director and the producer on the East Coast. Luckily, they were on their way to begin casting in NY. It was just meant to be. I read for them and I knew I had nailed it, and as I was leaving, the director said, ‘I will see you real soon.’ When I got to the sidewalk, I called my manager Marianne, and practically screamed, ‘I think I booked this movie!’
What was it like working with Amanda Seyfried, Robert DeNiro and Diane Keaton and what did you learn from them?
Diane Keaton listens to music with headphones, before every scene. I think it helps her block out the chaos. It gives her the freedom to be fearless in front of the camera. I loved to watch her process. DeNiro is very comfortable and shy. Amanda is a hoot. She is funny and laid back. Susan (Sarandon) is very professional and always prepared. Robin (Williams) was funny, but very generous and sweet.
Of all the actors you’ve worked with on TV and in film, who did you enjoy working with the most and why?
Diane has absolutely been my favorite. To witness a legend in her element has been immensely valuable to me. She just explores in front of the camera. She belongs there.
What’s next for you after “The Big Wedding?”
I’m up for something big but I can’t say yet.
Thank you for taking the time. Is there anything you want to add?
I am currently writing a memoir about sustaining a career in the business for the last 25 years. I have some crazy stories to share. It’s a courageous love note to anyone who is chasing the dream. It’s called, ‘How To Make It To the Middle.’