RB: This film took a really interesting journey to get into theaters. At first there was a lot of trouble getting it released at all, and then it had a theatrical release earlier than planned and now it's a big Oscar® contender. What was it like being a part of that? Are you involved in those dealings, or do you just wait for the call? And do you pay attention to the Oscar buzz and the talk of awards?

MG: You know, I wish that I didn't care at all about that stuff but, you know, it's exciting. But, at the same time, if I think too much about awards it makes me crazy, so I try not to dwell on it too much. Also, honestly, this movie has already given me so much. I mean, to be in a movie opposite Jeff Bridges and to be in a movie with Robert Duvall, who I have always admired and is one of the greatest actors ever. To be the woman in a movie with those guys, that's just such an amazing gift that I'm trying not to be greedy. 

When it comes to the movie coming out early, of course I pay attention to it because there's a lot of work to be done when a movie comes out. Basically what happened was that this movie was made with a distribution deal with Paramount Vantage and, as they were finishing editing it, Vantage fell apart. It's kind of the climate—or was the climate six months ago; it's shifting a bit now—but we were a real example of the times, where things were really shifting and we could have gotten lost in the fray. But, thank god for Fox Searchlight, we didn't.

RB: It certainly sounds like things are working out for the best.

MG: Totally. This movie's had a star over it, honestly, from the minute it came into existence.


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