When it comes to finding great characters, Annette Bening doesn’t need to look far.
“I’ve been asked to do really interesting characters in the midst of great stories with great writing,” she told CBS Sunday Morning. “It’s not about playing people who are strong; it’s about finding the humanity in people.”
Bening, who is currently on Broadway at the American Airlines Theatre as Kate in All My Sons, understands the tone and setting the play is in.
“I grew up in Kansas,” the 2019 Tony nominee said. “My mom’s family had two sons that went to the war… they both enlisted after Pearl Harbor.” Her uncle’s body was never found, paralleling her character's journey as a woman who struggles to accept that her son is M.I.A. after World War II.
Bening hasn’t been on the Great White Way since 1987, when she got her first Tony nomination for her performance in Coastal Disturbances.
Roundabout Theatre Company's revival of All My Sons runs through June 30.