Who is that Actor: Patricia Clarkson
Called one of the most versatile actors of her generation, Patricia Clarkson is often unrecognizable in the numerous roles she inhabits on the big and small screen. If you’ve seen any film or episodic TV show in the last fifteen years, you’ve seen Clarkson. Oh sure, hair and mannerisms are different; the accents convincing. Clarkson default setting is scene stealing, yet rarely is she featured in a leading role.
Whenever Julia Roberts is cast in a movie, I immediately wonder why wasn’t Clarkson cast instead. I would have gone out to see Eat, Pray, Love if Clarkson had been in the starring role. Whenever I see Annette Bening in a role that doesn’t utilize her best skills, I wonder why the role wasn’t given to Clarkson. Whenever Julianne Moore opts to accept an ill-advised role, I wonder if Clarkson has impersonated Moore’s agent on the phone in order to coax Moore into taking the role.
Kidding aside, of her too-many-to-name roles, by far my favorite was Clarkson’s stint on Six Feet Under where she played Sarah, the freespirited and often substance using sibling to Fisher Matriarch Ruth (played by Frances Conroy). The chemistry between Conroy and Clarkson is amazing already. Lawd, when the creators threw Kathy Bates into the mix, it was sublime. I would love to see the three of them reprise their roles in some kind of SFU spin off.
Other favorite Clarkson performances include: Greta in High Art, Catherine Ness in De Palma’s The Untouchables and of course Clarkson’s amazing turn in Pieces of April!
If ever there was an actor who needs their own television show, it’s Clarkson. What do you think?