Even with her seven Oscar nominations and five decades of screen and stage credits, Glenn Close felt butterflies — as, perhaps, many people would — at the prospect of talking to Pete Davidson. “I was nervous when I woke up because you just seem so cool,” she told him. But surprisingly, the 73-year-old screen legend and the 27-year-old “Saturday Night Live” player came to seem like a perfect match.
Close video chatted from Montana, where she lives across the street from her sister (and with her beloved dog, Pip). Davidson joined from his mom’s basement on Staten Island, where he grew up. Both felt a connection to each other’s recent movies. In Ron Howard’s “Hillbilly Elegy,” streaming on Netflix, Close plays Mamaw, the bespectacled matriarch of the Vance family who rescues her grandson from his heroin-using mom (Amy Adams). In the Universal Pictures comedy “The King of Staten Island,” directed by Judd Apatow, Davidson portrays a man dealing with the grief of losing his firefighter dad. Both stories draw on family tragedy, one that’s all too real in Davidson’s case, as his father died in the Sept. 11 attacks.
Watch the virtual chat for Variety‘s Actors on Actors, presented by Amazon Studios, above.