Mister D: TJ wants everyone to know that he is not quoting Bette verbatim, but this is what he took away from Bette’s talk….this is his interpretation of it.:
Letâ€™s see..some of what she said was quoted in the article. Some of the things that stuck out to me..hmm.
The Rose was easy for her to film (acting-wise) because she didnâ€™t really need to act. She was almost playing herself at that moment in her life. She said her life at that time was similar to the character of the Rose. I think she even said that she even had her own dealers! Maybe that was a joke? But I donâ€™t think so. Also, the only film role she feels she completely â€œdisappearedâ€ as herself in was Hocus Pocus. Otherwise, she admits that in every other film, sheâ€™s kind of playing a version of herself.
Her biggest regret was turning down Sister Act, because it was written solely for her. She didnâ€™t accept the role because she was worried what sheâ€™d look like in a nunâ€™s wimple. She also regrets turning down Misery because the role just â€œwasnâ€™t herâ€, and her husband reminds her almost every day what a mistake that was. Although at the same time, she didnâ€™t want to be responsible for bringing such a violent film into an already violent world. She questions whether she is a true actor, because if she were, she would have jumped to play those roles.
While she absolutely HATED filming Jinxed, and it was a huge flop, she actually thinks itâ€™s a pretty good film
One of her favorite new artists is Lady Gaga. She said that she is a good songwriter, musician, and singer. And somewhere down the road, she is going to lose the crazy outfits.
The reason why she is so passionate about cleaning up parks stems from her childhood. Her parents were literally extreme hoarders. She spent most of her time cleaning and picking things up. She said it was actually really sad, and sheâ€™s never told the public before because she doesnâ€™t want to dishonor her parentsâ€™ memory.
Most of you know this, but she had a life-changing moment when she sang God Bless the Child at an open-mic night during her run in Fiddler. But the way she told the story was so exciting, and just hearing it come from her was amazing.
She didnâ€™t talk about her hit songs or live shows and tours..and never mentioned Beaches or much of the work sheâ€™s done.
She did spend a lot of time on the NYRP, which was nice. And yes, she brought lots of slides and the presentation went off without a hitch. There was even a little film to go along with it. A majority of the slides were before and afters of the park and rec areas she has cleaned up. The audience really was surprised. I couldnâ€™t believe the work she has done! It really was a huge difference. And to hear her speak so passionately about each and every park, as if it were one of her own kids, made me love her even more.
The article said she spoke for 60 mins. I think it was closer to maybe 75 or 80. But she crammed so much into that short amount of time, so I was just trying to take it all in. I really wish it would have been recorded, because it was a side to her that I wish everyone could see. It really did seem intimate. The way she would get her papers in a mess and get a little lost was funny. But sheâ€™s so quick, she would just continue on. She was justâ€¦awesome. Well worth going and I hope she continues to do more speaking engagements. Iâ€™m sure Iâ€™ll think of something else she said, in which case Iâ€™ll post.