On May 25, four-time Tony nominee Laurie Metcalf visited The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. The actor, nominated this year for her role in A Doll’s House, Part 2, was nominated in the same category (Leading Actress in a Play) as the last time she appeared on Broadway, opposite Bruce Willis in Misery.
Metcalf reveals she didn’t plan on being an actor. “I was much too practical to ever think I’d be able to make a living as an actor, so I was a German major thinking that that’s the way in,” she laughed.
Metcalf has her work cut out for her in her current role of Nora, and she warms up each night to tackle the 85-minute play. “This show in particular is very quick and very glib, so I go to the theatre early. I do all my monologues very quickly and walk around the set by myself,” she said. “Then I run my part in my dressing room all the way through.
“The title is a bit misleading ... It also might seem like it’s a drama and a period piece ... it’s not that either. It's very fresh, and it's very funny.”
Host Colbert also got the details on how the reboot of Roseanne (coming in 2018) came to be.
“I think what happened was, John Goodman went on The Talk and they did a 30-second parody [of Roseanne] and it went really well and then one of the anchors asked John if he would consider a reunion, and he said, ‘Of course I would.’ That got Sarah [Gilbert] thinking, and Sarah made calls to everyone, and everyone said yes.”