This article is from 2006.
Sigourney Weaver talks about her new film Snow Cake in which she co-stars alongside Alan Rickman as an autistic woman confronted with the death of her daughter in a car accident.
‘It was Alan who actually suggested me for the part. When he told me the story of Snow Cake my immediate reaction was that they would never even think of me for it. He told me to get my agent to call, so I did. Then they sent me the script and I thought it had this fine balance of comedy and romance yet managed to throw some real light on the rare subject of autism.
‘One of the reasons I wanted to do the film was that it was not just about autism; it was about a very unique woman who also happened to have autism. As for the preparation it took me a long time even to understand how to prepare for this part because every person with autism is so unique and to find someone like my character Linda took me a long time. I have to say that researching the role was one of the most fascinating years I have ever spent.
‘I think it’s hard for actors to find projects as challenging as Snow Cake - it raises the bar and also I relished the experience of working together in such a tight ensemble. I have found that with acting you have to set sail and go and see what comes. You cannot just set extraordinarily high standards for yourself but you have to follow your gut and look for something that moves you, and is a story you would want to tell.
‘I am always amazed by the way such parts come to me. People presume you have a lot of control over where your career goes. I think that is an illusion. You make the most of the hand you are dealt. I have enjoyed life after Alien because I have gotten to do so many different things and I have been so fortunate with the choices I have been able to make. Are the women I play always strong willed and strong minded? Yes, but I think we women are strong and, you know, we hold the world together.’ (Interview by Richard Mowe)
Snow Cake, Dominion, 623 8030, 15 Aug, 7pm & Cameo, 623 8030, 17 Aug, 5.10pm, £7.95 (£5.20). Reel Life: Sigourney Weaver, Cineworld, 623 8030, 16 Aug, 5.45pm, £15 (£9.70).