Anonymous said: Following on from the Anon-Huff Post-Thread. AND I'd like to know how she approached the role, how she created this Blanche, how did she leave Queen B at the theatre each night & return to normality, the secret things that she knows about her version of B to help her embody the character, & what her favourite lines/scenes are. We're all speculating about what Blanche, but what does GA think about her? I wanna know the real heavy stuff. Anything else would just be lightweight alpaca.
I NEED ALL OF THIS.
Here’s a snippet of an article I read from her the other day that give a little insight into Gillian’s thoughts on Blanche:
“She gives as good as she gets from Stanley,” Anderson says, adding that “she is the architect of her own destruction.”
Whether or not Blanche is neurotic, psychotic or schizophrenic is something actresses and their directors have debated for years, but Anderson sees her with a refreshing clarity.
“She’s an alcoholic. That’s it. Full stop. Game over. Of course she comes to the table with a great deal of psychological frailty, but her excessive drinking only exacerbates her condition.”
At the end of her rope, mentally as well as financially, Anderson’s Blanche shows up at her sister Stella’s tenement home in New Orleans and instantly sets her cap for Stella’s brutish but magnetic husband, Stanley.
“From the moment she lays eyes on him, she knows he is her destruction,” Anderson says.
In actor Ben Foster’s Stanley (he’s best known for his work as Russell Corwin in Six Feet Under), Anderson’s Blanche “finds the man willing to destroy her.”
Anderson has complex and fascinating theories about Blanche, which she justifies from a careful reading of Williams’ script.
“Her sister Stella talks about her as a child and says she was always in a world of her own, always fantasizing about one thing or another. And the tragedy of Blanche is that she never got past that. The husband she convinced herself wasn’t really gay, the degrading encounters she tried to pretend were more than one-night stands, the march of time she thinks she halts by putting on sunglasses and dressing in high fashion … all of these things are signs of her mental weakness.
“And if there is a weakness in the mind to begin with, then alcoholism will grab hold of that weakness and walk hand in hand with it until you’re heading surely down the road to destruction. The tragedy of Blanche is that as the play progresses, she seems to be getting stronger, but she’s only getting more self-centred and there’s nothing inside for her to hold onto.”
She pauses, remembering the desolate place she comes to at the end of each performance.
“There’s only so long you can hold up.”