5 New Melissa Leo Quotes: Hailee Steinfeld 'Pimping,' Helena Bonham Carter 'Shoving Me'
Oscar frontrunner Melissa Leo says stardom is "oddly fascinating, a little uncomfortable, and tremendous fun." "Sounds like a push-up bra," says interviewer Thelma Adams.
In Thursday's exclusive Marie Claire Q&A, Adams gets some striking quotes from Leo, who's just as scrappy as her character in The Fighter, only more glamorous.
On her fellow Fighter cast member -- and so far less successful supporting actress friend and rival -- Amy Adams: "The night of the SAGs, I told her that I don't know if I could do it if underneath the bright smile I sensed jealousy."
On the girl most likely to take the Oscar from Leo: "Hailee Steinfeld I met in an airport doing her pimping, er, I mean promoting in some town, with her mother ... She is the real deal, very dear and grounded."
On Helena Bonham Carter: "At the [Oscar] luncheon [Feb. 7] I got to finally meet Helena Bonham Carter. She wouldn't take my compliments. She was shoving me toward the Oscar statue, and I was trying to do-si-do her closer."
On her glamour ads: "I don't think I did a bad. I'm deeply sorry if I offended. That's ignorance on my part. I operate from instinct, and my instinct guided me in the choice to do this."
On how weird campaigning is: "I don't know much about this Oscar thing, I mean it. I'm not even a girl that got dressed up and went to the prom or even dated a lot."
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Scott Feinberg, the lead awards analyst for The Hollywood Reporter, is one of the entertainment industry's most experienced and trusted experts about the Oscars, Emmys and Tonys. He started on the awards beat in 2001, writing for independent websites including his own ScottFeinberg.com before joining the Los Angeles Times and then THR, for which he writes “The Race” blog, which won the LA Press Club’s National Entertainment Journalism Award for best entertainment blog of 2012-2013. A voting member of both the Broadcast Film Critics' Association and Broadcast Television Journalists Association, he is also writing a book about film history for young people for which he has interviewed more than 500 high-profile Hollywood figures whose careers span the silent era through the present.
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