My house, at least my living room, got transformed into a documentary film set today for the making of the HBO series, "Masterclass." The folks from S&G Pictures, who were down from New York, started setting up early to be ready for the arrival of their star - Kathleen Turner. Turner is currently appearing in the Arena Stage production of "Red Hot Patriot," a homage to the late Texas journalist Molly Ivins. Most of the furniture got re-arranged, but I expected that. Windows were covered with gels or cloths. Intricate lighting was set up. Oscar-winning Director Karen Goodman did the interview with Turner, which will be combined with additional shooting at Arena and with young artists.
Turner was gracious and friendly. We talked for a time before the taping began. She said she's having fun in Washington, loves doing the play, and is taking advantage of her off hours to focus on women's issues before the election. She's committed to that mission. With the little time she has left in her busy day she enjoys walking around the 7th Street in Penn Quarter and the restaurants in that neighborhood. She was very curious about how I lived. She wanted to see other parts of the house, my garden, my kitchen. She studied the kitchen for a minute or so. (I, of course, was embarassed it wasn't sparkling).
She looked good. And the voice. Yes, the voice. It's just as stunning show-stopping in person.
Turner has a reputation as a diva, but I think in her case that means a diva of the stage. She was the definition of low-maintenace during this two-hour shoot. She asked for some water. She was good-natured and in a good mood. She did mention it would be a long day because she has two performances tonight.
When she left today she said, "bye, I'm on my way to Whole Foods." See! Stars, they are just like us.