Tea Leoni

Tea Leoni, featured on More’s November cover, talked to Margy Rochlin about ageism in Hollywood, her own career and her new project.

Jane Fonda, Sharon Stone, and Tea Leoni on MORE's November 2008 cover (Photo: Matthew Rolston)

About her upcoming film, Manure:
"I’m basically made to look like Tippi Hedren. Hitchcock blonde is what we’re going for. The entire movie is brown. Everything. The sets, the props, the wardrobe, the cars. And I’m the only thing in cream. It’s funny, it’s a very simple thread but at the same time it’s all about our relationship to sh—. Our own, others’, selling it, making it, smelling it, being offended by it, reveling in it, getting hit with it when it hits the fan. But at the same time, we have this incredible cast with Billy Bob Thornton, who is maybe my new favorite person in the world."
About why she thinks older actresses are more interesting:
"It’s not just that a 28-year-old doesn’t have a lot of experience. It’s that I don’t worry about a 28-year-old, certainly not one who looks like most of the young leading ladies."
About being thrilled not to be cast as "the chick of the flick":
"That’s where your skirts are up to here and you’re blissfully 20 years younger than your co-star — and that would be his bliss and not necessarily my own. It simply becomes a different movie if you’re 10 years older."
About paparazzi events:
"The red carpet makes me feel like a bullsh— artist. I don’t hang with anybody who stalks press."
For more from Téa, as well as Jane Fonda and Sharon Stone, get the November issue of MORE, on stands October 28.

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