Parker Posey: How 'Staring at a Wall' Can Help an Actor
She studied drama at State University of New York at Purchase before making a name for herself in 1993âs cult hit âDazed and Confused.â But Parker Poseyâs greatest lessons learned to hone her craft have come from spending time to those who are closest to her.
âActing â a lot of it â is about observing and listening and being interested in your family, friends, storytelling, things that are funny about people; just paying attention,â the 46-year-old explained to âMade in Hollywood.â âYou can do anything by yourself staring at a wall, just entertaining yourself and being interested.â
If her advice sounds quirky, itâs because sheâs put it to test on the big screen many times over in praised comedic performancesâand her skills are on show in Woody Allenâs latest offering, âIrrational Man,â in theaters on Friday.
In the dark comedy she stars as Rita, a married chemistry professor at a small town Rhode Island college who begins an affair with Abe, played by Phoenix, the schoolâs new philosophy professor who murders a complete stranger in a bid to renew his own passion for life. Stone re-teams with Allen, following last yearâs âMagic in the Moonlight,â as college student Jill, who finds romance with her professor Abe.
âIrrational Manâ landed in theaters last month. Watch the trailer below.