Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Catherine Keener

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Catherine Keener

Article excerpt

With four movies this year--including a hit comedy, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, and an Oscar-bait drama, Capote--Catherine Keener is on fire. Gay men love her work (and her husband, Dermot Mulroney). Lesbians just love her. She and I bond over growing up in Florida amid hurricanes and Anita Bryant ("She was nuts!" laughs Keener) and argue over whose Catholic high school volleyball team was better. "Excuse me, I was on the volleyball team," she says. 'We were excellent." If Keener were still playing, the stands would be full of her queer fans.

How exciting to find out you have a big gay following.

I was so ecstatic when [they] called me and said The Advocate wants to do this. I called all my gay friends and said, "So listen! In case you didn't know--it's not just you!"

What movies do your gay fans always bring up?

Uh, let's see, Maxine in Being John Malkovich. [Laughing] That's my favorite.

She sleeps with everyone! It must have been confusing by the end of the film.

It was! 'Cause look, I'm like, 'I think I have to go with Cameron [Diaz]." What else?

After playing lots of tough characters, this year you were finally allowed to be warm and sexy in a funny movie, The 40-Year-Old-Virgin. You must have felt like "Thank God."

Thank God! I'm not intimidating everybody.

And Capote is such a special movie. You play the author Harper Lee. The movie doesn't say she's gay, but--

[She's intrigued; it's come up before] Now, why do you get the impression that she's gay from my performance? …

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