Can you believe it's been two decades since we've seen Academy Award nominee Kathleen Turner in a starring role on the big screen? The actress — known for movies like Romancing the Stone and as the voice of Jessica Rabbit in Who Framed Roger Rabbit? — is finally ending her leading lady dry spell with her new film, The Perfect Family.
The Perfect Family revolves around devout Catholic mother and wife Eileen Cleary (Turner), a woman who has always put her best foot forward in the community. However, Cleary's run for Catholic Woman of the Year requires her to introduce her family to the parish board for approval.
The problem? Her family isn't exactly as pious as she is — daughter Shannon (played by Emily Deschanel) is a lesbian lawyer about to marry her partner, her son Frank Jr. (Jason Ritter) is cheating on his wife and her own husband is a recovering alcoholic.
Basically, it's a story we can all relate to — who doesn't have a family member (or four) that we'd like to keep hidden away?
Turner told The Daily Beast in 2011 that she enjoyed the role, but that Catholics better not get any ideas about her because of it.
"I play the perfect Catholic wife in it," she said in the interview. "I don't think I've ever played a Catholic in my life and now I've played two roles back to back about being a Catholic. I hope they don't get any ideas about me and try to approach me about joining up. They'd be so disappointed."
The veteran Broadway actress is enjoying a sort-of career renaissance after battling alcoholism and rheumatoid arthritis.
"I do two days a week in the gym. Two days a week Pilates exercise. One day yoga," she said in 2011 of how she keeps active. "I will have [rheumatoid arthritis] the rest of my life. It's odd, though. When I'm onstage I am free of it."
As for drinking? Turner said she has a glass of wine with a meal, but she's in a good place both personally and professionally.
"Let's put it this way. I haven't an episode of any kind in over eight years," she told The Daily Beast. "I am very happy actually — with my work, with my personal life. I have no desire to screw up."
The Perfect Family is set to hit NYC theaters on May 4 with a wider release later in the month. It will also go to Video on Demand on the same day.
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