Lily Rabe on ‘The Tender Bar’ – she knows

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Lily Rabe Are accustomed to dealing with characters who may be in another world in one project and incredibly grounded in another. Judging by his impressive filmography, you would think his time is running out American Horror Story Living alone will expose him to the characters’ treasures. but in tender bar, the director George Clooney and co-starring Ben Affleck, the role of Rabe takes him closer to home. The actress chatted with Sheknose about playing Dorothy Mohringer, and finding a balance between helping her character’s son fulfill his potential, leaning toward optimism.


based on the remembers the same name By JR Mohringer, Rabe’s Dorothy in many ways becomes the heart that beats at the center of the film. The film’s adaptation follows JR from little boy to college graduate, having come up with little money and finding himself at Yale, then the New York Times. At every step, his mother is there to support him, and encourage him to reach every important step. but dorothy was never a woman who wanted to live diligently through her son, and it struck a chord with Rabe. “It was something that was so clear to me who she was when I first read the script – and then again when i read the memoir — there was such a unique quality about him that I was very interested in,” Rabe shared with us.

“Because, of course, she is ambitious for her son and wants him to have opportunities that she didn’t have. But it’s not because she wants him to pursue her own dreams and through that. He really, really just Wishes he found his way towards a happy life And to find her voice in the world,” Rabe continued. “And I think she knows she has everything she needs to do. And so it’s just his job to somehow make him aware of it, and realize what they’re all doing for him. ,

When JR’s father abandons him and Dorothy, the mother-son duo moves back in with Dorothy’s family, which includes her parents and JR’s Uncle Charlie, played by Ben Affleck. Warmth – and at times family resentment – between each member of the family It is, as the title suggests, tender. And she had the same tenderness for Rabe playing Dorothy, a character she didn’t want to let go of completely. “It’s not always that you want to play the roles that you play with yourself,” she admitted. “Sometimes, even though you love to play them, there comes a moment when you finish and feel ready to say goodbye. And I didn’t feel that way about that at all.”


When it comes to what she learned from Dorothy, the actress hopes “she will maintain her sense of humour. He has this great way of traveling the world when things get tough. There is something in the book about how she would sing even louder in the car when she was feeling particularly sad. I think that kind of determination to lean towards positivity is something I really hope I keep at it, and I’m very grateful to him for giving me even more to play with. ,

Tender Bar debuts in theaters on December 17th, and is available to stream January 7th on Amazon Prime Video.

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