Close confessed that when she played Norma Desmond the first time around—22 years ago—the role haunted her after she left the show. “I had a six-year-old daughter, and all of a sudden from every night being this larger-than-life woman, I went back to making sandwiches for lunch,” said Close. “It was as if Norma was sitting across saying, ‘Children? Sandwiches? Where am I?’”
Close feels much affection for the role that won her a Tony. “You delve down, and you try to understand the why of someone's behavior, and in that journey I always find a place to love them,” she said.
Close considers returning to the role a “luxury of going back to a character as rich as Norma Desmond” and that the story of the aging silent film star is “as relevant as ever.”