Monday May 02, 2016

Can Susan Sarandon give meddling moms a better name?

Susan Sarandon's latest role sees her as a mother and widow with a lot of energy and a lot of difficulty respecting boundaries.

Susan Sarandon's latest role sees her as a mother and widow with a lot of energy and a lot of difficulty respecting boundaries. (Mongrel Media)

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She's not great with boundaries, but she's really great at choosing bagels.

Actress Susan Sarandon humanizes the much-maligned meddling mother trope in the new Lorene Scafaria film, The Meddler. Sarandon plays Marnie, a mother determined to get closer to her adult daughter following the death of her husband. 

Today she joins guest host Gill Deacon to discuss her dedication to textured portrayals, the roles available to women of a certain age, and why subversive messages don't always hit you over the head. 

"Every movie is political. Only the films that reinforce the status quo aren't seen that way. Anything that challenges the status quo is suddenly a political film," says Sarandon. "You have to be aware of what you
're putting out there." 

She also speaks to the activism that keeps her busy when she isn't on set, why her support for Democratic nominee Bernie Sanders has been difficult, and why she doesn't worry about her political views affecting her acting career. 

"All the things that I've ever regretted have been things that I haven't said when I had the opportunity, or haven't done when I was asked to help," she says. "Who knows what that does to a career? I think it's kind of like worrying about if your slip is showing when you're fleeing a burning building." 

WEB EXTRA | Watch the trailer for The Meddler — a film that aims to give meddling a good name, according to Sarandon — below. The film is out Friday, just in time for Mother's Day.