Glenda Jackson on the #MeToo Movement, Playing King Lear, and Her Intimidating Reputation

Video   Glenda Jackson on the #MeToo Movement, Playing King Lear, and Her Intimidating Reputation
 
The Tony and Oscar winner stopped by NBC Nightly News.

When the #MeToo movement started, Glenda Jackson was incredulous.

“I could not believe that all these people hadn’t known for all those years exactly what was going on,” the King Lear title performer told Cynthia McFadden of NBC Nightly News.

The two-time Oscar winner, who earned a Tony last year for her performance in Three Tall Women, has taken on a different challenge this Broadway season: playing a man.

READ: How Glenda Jackson First Came to King Lear and Why She Never Attends the Oscars

Jackson only recently returned to the stage, moving into politics for two decades after Margaret Thatcher’s time as Prime Minister in the U.K. What she’s learned in that time: “I don’t feel smarter. I think I’m in a better position to avoid making disastrous mistakes because I’ve made disastrous mistakes.”

Watch the entire video, in which Jackson also discusses her reputation in the industry and her advice for young women, above.

The Sam Gold-direct staging of the Shakespeare tragedy opened at the Cort Theatre April 4 and is set to close June 9.

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