"If you take The Ice Storm and The Crucible and Nixon – and even
Pleasantville, to an extent – you have the wife and mother who is holding
things together while also holding herself together. At the time that I
was doing each one of them, I found them to be great experiences
because of the variety. You are in the 1970s in the White House and
then you are in 17th-century Salem [in The Crucible].

"But after
Pleasantville, I felt that I had done that and I had done the best of
that, because all the characters were very well realized and they were
not ciphers. But I thought, ‘If I see a script that you can describe
[my role] as the wife or mother, then I am not going to do it, because
I have been there and done that.’"

— Joan Allen on seeking out film roles
that place women at the center of the action.

Allen, 50, reprises her role
as the head of a team of CIA operatives in the upcoming summer
blockbuster "The Bourne Ultimatum." But as she tells the Vancouver weekly Georgia Straight, she could see moving to television in the future, like Glenn Close and Holly Hunter, if that’s where the more complex roles are to be found.


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