Frances McDormand’s career is hotter than ever. It seems like she is really proud to not have relied on the media to get to this point. The two-time Oscar winner spoke to the New York Times in a piece published on Monday, February 22nd. She rarely grants any interviews, but this time she explained why she spent a decade actively eschewing the normal spotlight that usually comes with stardom.
Frances McDormand’s breakout in Hollywood came with Fargo, 1996 where she played with big names such as William H. Macy and Steve Buscemi. It’s co-written and produced by her husband Ethan Coen. After her role as Marge Gunderson in the darkly comedic crime flick earned the actress her first Academy Award, she hired a publicist and gave him clear instructions to decline almost all press opportunities that would come her way.
Frances McDormand Focuses on Her Privacy
The 63-year-old actress says that she made a very conscious effort to not do any press and publicity for a decade in what other people would think would be a quite dangerous moment in the career of a female actor. She thinks that this paid off for exactly the reasons she wanted it to. McDormand also shares that this gave her the mystery back to who she was and then in the roles she performed, she could take her audience to a place where someone who sold perfume or watches and magazines couldn’t.
Frances McDormand won her second Oscar for 2017’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. She said that her great success with director Chloé Zhao’s Nomadland stems from her own measures to keep her private life to herself. Nomadland is currently at the forefront of the 2021 Oscar conversation. In the film, the talented actress plays a woman seeking out a transitory life in a van after losing her financial standing.