There was only one #MeToo moment in Ellen Burstyn’s entire career.
The Oscar-winning actress, 88, told The Post that she was “never treated badly. I can’t complain about it,” before recalling, it actually happened once.
“I had an agent make a pass on me,” she said. “And I rejected him.”
Burstyn – whose new movie, “Queen Bees” A romantic comedy, set in a retirement community, is out now – said agent told her that she would “go to bed” if she wanted to be represented by the agency she worked for. [him]”
“I just started [acting],’ the “Alice Don’t Live Here Anymore” star said. “
Obviously, he has no regrets.
“I think it’s very important for women to learn how to deal with it,” she said. “I don’t think we have much incentive or instruction for men to respond. And I think that’s changing now as well.”
Despite her 90th birthday nearing, the Emmy and Tony winner is still busy with acting. In “Queen Bees,” she plays an independent senior who temporarily moves to a nearby retirement community, where she encounters girls – the cast includes screen legend Ann-Margret and comedy star Jane Curtin – and even romance with a partner. , played by James Cain.
It’s a pleasantly gentle film that Burstyn loves.
“It’s a movie about a retirement home that’s fun,” she said. “Since I was 50, I have been sent scripts, the plot of which is, How do we bring Grandma to the nursing home? And they are always unbearable places. So why on earth would Grandma want to go to that nursing home?”
She loves that “Queen’s Bees” presents a different vision.
“This place was … beautiful and classy and had a wonderful swimming pool and garden,” she said of the actual retirement home where they filmed. “And nice restaurants with really good food, and people getting together and romancing and they were having a really good time. So I’m happy to be able to offer such an option.”
There’s a scene in “Queen’s Bees” in which Burstyn’s character, named Helen, smokes a joint—but that’s not something she does in real life anymore, she said.
“I did everything in my 20s and 30s,” she said. “And then one by one, I started quitting things. So at first I quit cigarettes. And then I quit heavy drinking. But, I still want wine for a while. And then finally I quit. given [with] ice. And then the last thing was the occasional addition. “
Burstyn also admitted that “the closest thing I have” to romance right now is a new puppy, admitting that she doesn’t think she’d want to be with a man.
“You get to a point where you just — I had three husbands, you know? After a while the solitude isn’t that bad. So I wouldn’t say I’m watching,” she said.
As far as her advice for budding thespians is concerned, the “Requiem for a Dream” star’s well-known wisdom is a well-worn adage: practice, practice, practice.
“Go to a good class, study with a good teacher, act all the time,” she said. “If you think of a concert pianist, you’re not going to just practice when there’s a concert. And, you know, if you only act when you get an audition or you get a job, So you won’t be in great shape.”
For Burstyn, a small space in New York City became his creative haven.
“The Actors Studio saved me,” she said of the famed acting school, which she joined in 1967 and now serves as its co-president along with Alec Baldwin and Al Pacino. “You know, for years I was there… working on really hard material and staying in shape. So when I got an audition, you know, was creatively fit.”