Ashley Judd Talks ‘Big Stone Gap’ Movie

October 10, 2015

Ashley Judd opens up about her latest movie role, in ‘Big Stone Gap’ a romantic comedy based on the novel of the same title which in turn took its title from the small Virginia town of the author’s birth. She co-stars with Patrick Wilson and Whoopie Goldberg.

Ashley Judd

This time around, the 47-year-old actress and activist Ashley Judd is in the news for a movie role. This after one controversy or another. Now the only controversy is whether a multi-generational Kentuckian can portray a Virginian! Well, whether states residents want to argue the point or not, it’s all after the fact.

Ashley Judd is drawing notice, critical acclaim and, most especially Oscar buzz in ‘Big Stone Gap’ for her portrayal of Ave Maria Mulligan, a 40-year-old self-described “spinster” and “old maid” who serves as both the town’s pharmacist and the director of its annual summer outdoor drama production, of ‘The Trail of the Lonesome Pines’ in the romantic comedy set in 1978.

As noted, ‘Big Stone Gap,’ is based on the bestselling 2001 novel of the same title by Adriana Trigiani. The novel not only is set in Big Stone Gap, Virginia, but it’s where the author was born and, yes, it’s also where the movie was shot. And not only that, the author herself wrote the screenplay and directed the movie. Not to mention that the co-star Patrick Wilson spent his summers growing up in the town. Now that’s a lot of confluence!

Judd spoke about the much buzzed about movie with Parade magazine and had much praise for first-time director Adriana Trigiani, who seemingly has the had a novelist’s dream come true of writing and directing her own novel. She said of her, “Adriana is irresistible: She is authentic and larger than life. She is vivacious and has small town and great creative esprit.”

She was asked to share her thoughts portraying Southern women in the movies. She said, “I have played a complex range of Southern women — from Ruby in Paradise, to Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, to Come Early Morning— and what about Bug? Big Stone Gap is another fortunate opportunity for me to be cinematically embedded in the region I love so much.”

She also spoke on what she looks for in film roles in general and said, “I am passionate about emotional richness. As you might tell from my body of work, I lean toward intensity.”

You can see the full interview here and see the ‘Big Stone Gap’ movie trailer below!

Pictures: PR Photos

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