Her role in The Savages marks Laura's third Oscar nomination. In the film, she plays Wendy Savage, a woman who drifts increasingly far from her family until she and her brother are forced to move home to care for their aging father. "[Wendy is] doing the best she can," Laura says, "But she's a circus, no doubt."
Laura says creating Wendy was made easier because of the terrific script by writer and director Tamara Jenkins. "For an actor, it's heaven. There's a lot to pull from. There are clues throughout. And you just sort of become a detective and try and dig and dig and dig and flesh out what's already there on the page."