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

She's the Bomb

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

She's the Bomb

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Checking in with stage sensation Cherry Jones, Cradle Will Rock's feisty heroine

Cherry Jones, who won a Tony Award in 1995 for her starring role in The Heiress--and thanked her female partner in her acceptance speech--has been called "the high priestess of New York theater." With Cradle Will Rock, the Paris, Tenn., native shows she can also reign on-screen. In director Tim Robbins's true '30s-era story about the fight to save the Federal Theatre Project from communist-routing Republicans, the sharp, chipper Jones plays the program's real-life chief, Hallie Flanagan, a woman the actress says she admires for being "a firecracker."

The Advocate caught up with Jones, a firecracker herself, near her home in New York City to talk about censorship--and helping Julia Roberts in the game of love.

How exacting was Tim Robbins as a director?

He was inspiring and demanding. He would ask you to do things that you just didn't feel you were capable of doing. He kept finding passages in Hallie's testimony before Congress that he wanted to add, and he would hand me an impossibly difficult speech to do two hours before I had to film it.

How much does Cradle Will Rock resonate today?

It should resonate like a sonic boom. As long as there are politicians, there is going to be censorship, because they're going to be looking for votes. But censorship rarely lasts because the majority of the people see through it. It fades away as quickly as it came. …

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