Penelope Ann Miller Loves Old Hollywood
Explosions and vampires aren't for Penelope Ann Miller, who is currently starring in Rob Reiner's sentimental, coming-of-age film 'Flipped' (now in theaters). When Miller, perhaps best known for her co-starring role in 'Kindergarten Cop,' sat down with us to chat about her new movie, she shared what she considers defining moments in film -- and how today's blockbusters don't make the cut.
I always thought the women were so glamorous, they were dressed so beautifully, and yet they were funny and carried a lot of films then.
What draws Miller is the charm of old Hollywood, and she refers to herself as an "old movie buff." More specifically, she is inspired by the beauty, glamor and versatile talent of actresses like Katharine Hepburn, Barbara Stanwyck, Myrna Loy and Jean Arthur. Miller is also a fan of movies that allow people to "sit back and let a story unfold and just get caught up in it and remind [audiences] of their lives or their past."
As far as current film industry moneymakers, according to Penelope, they don't offer the depth and realness that she craves. She tells us, "The real character-driven stories that are about real people and real events, those are the kinds of movies I like to go see." Some of her favorites include beloved films like 'The Philadelphia Story' and 'It's a Wonderful Life.'
So while most are dishing dollars for alien invasions and killer robots, Miller will be "getting caught up" in a film she can fall in love with.