Hollywood icon Sissy Spacek is entering new territory at the age of 72: In the Amazon Prime series “Night Sky”, which has just started, she and Oscar winner JK Simmons (67) play a couple who have been married for decades and who have access to an abandoned planet through a secret passage .
“I’ve never done science fiction. I had great respect for this experiment. Otherwise, I’ve mostly been dealing with real things so far, »says Spacek. “Irene York’s intimate relationship with her husband Franklin was what attracted me most to the role.”
The parallels to real life are obvious: Spacek has been married to director Jack Fisk (76) since 1974. The couple lives mostly on a farm in Virginia. A constant that gives her the necessary support and balance in the sometimes quite crazy show world. The work of the parents rubbed off on the children even in the seclusion. “Our older daughter Schuyler is a great singer and our younger daughter Madison is an excellent painter.”
A traumatic loss
Not for the first time Spacek plays someone who has lost a child in “Night Sky”. The couple in the series are still dealing with the suicide of their son a long time ago. Here, too, there are connections to reality. When Spacek was 17, her beloved 19-year-old brother Robert died of leukemia. His loss was traumatic. But surprisingly, she managed to draw something positive from it. The early death was a kind of inspiration for her career and made her braver.
“Carrie – Satan’s Youngest Daughter” made Spacek world famous in 1976 as a tormented schoolgirl with telekinetic abilities and brought her her first Oscar nomination in 1977. Although she only won the trophy for “A Coal Miner’s Daughter” four years later and was nominated as best actress four more times, she is still mainly asked about the horror classic based on the book by Stephen King (74) – also by very young people. “It’s a universal, timeless story with images that you can hardly get out of your head.”
“I didn’t want to burn out”
When it comes to her recipe for success, Spacek digs deep, emphasizing that she originally aimed more at a singing career. “I’m certainly not the very best or most imaginative actress. But I’ve learned my own method that works for me.” She is also very passionate and intense, both at work and in life. “Either I’m fully there or not at all.”
She noticed early on that she had to be economical with her resources – although she would have liked to have made many of the films that were ultimately rejected. “I knew I couldn’t do everything that appealed to me. So I chose my roles wisely. I didn’t want to burn out, I wanted to exist as an actress for the long term.” Which, in fact, Spacek did brilliantly.
Sissy Spacek and her roles