Karen Allen OK with aging
By Cindy Pearlman March 17, 2011 6:56PM
Karen Allen plays the mother of two teenagers headed for juvenile deliquency and wife to an abusive husband in "White Irish Drinkers."
Updated: April 21, 2011 12:16AM
It’s time for a baby boomer reality check. Marion Ravenwood is about to turn 60 — or Karen Allen, the actress who stood up to Indiana Jones is about to hit that milestone.
Just don’t ask her about trying to look decades younger.
“I’m an old yogi from way back. I just try to stay as healthy and physically fit as possible,” she says. “I’ll never be someone who gets into the plastic surgery aspect of trying to maintain. I’m a wuss. If I get a paper cut, I’m crying. I can’t imagine volunteering to let someone cut my face. I’d much rather let my face age the way it will age and call it a day.”
She’s hardly calling it a day on the big screen. Allen stars in the drama “White Irish Drinkers,” director John Grey’s story of two teenage brothers in 1975 Brooklyn who live with their abusive father and well-meaning mother. The brothers embark on a life of petty crime as a way to get out.
Allen loves bringing strong women to the big screen.
“In ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark,’ you meet me when I’m running a bar in Nepal drinking the men under the table. This man who wronged me when I was 16 comes into the bar and I punch him in the jaw.
“It was delightful,” says the soft-spoken Allen. “There aren’t many introductions to a character that give you that much.”
1 Is it true that you grew up in Illinois?
2 What was the appeal of “White Irish Drinkers”?
3 Her hard-drinking husband is abusive physically to both Margaret and his sons. How can she defend him?
4 Is there any truth to the rumors about another Indiana Jones film?
5 How did you do a 180 and embark on a new career?
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