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People in Film | Patricia Clarkson

Updated June 17, 2011

The New Orleans-born actress finds a way to make every film she’s in better.

Patricia Clarkson: An Essential Character
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Patricia Clarkson: An Essential Character

Patricia Clarkson: An Essential Character

Lone Scherfig’s romance One Day focuses on the emotional ups and downs between Emma (Anne Hathaway) and Dexter (Jim Sturgess), a young couple who meet as students and friends in 1988 and end as something so much more years later. But while Emma and Dex are the film’s focus, other characters, like Dexter’s mother Alison Mayhew (Patricia Clarkson), are essential to the story and to the couple’s future. In some ways, Clarkson’s character provides the film’s moral center, if not simply its moral that “one day” is all we have. In One Day, Clarkson adds psychological depth and emotional color to the film, without in anyway detracting from the main drama. It’s a role that Clarkson has perfected –– a character actor that is essential to the film.