The New York Times and Elle Magazine called to interview me. Elle Magazine’s January issue will be focused on Nicole Kidman. The New York Times is devoting an article on Michael Keaton. The bit of serendipity here is that Nicole Kidman introduced me to Michael Keaton. The Elle Magazine interview was at three o’clock AM, the New York Times at four o’clock AM. It was a great two hours. Anyone will tell you I love talking about acting. Given the opportunity to speak about talent is a real excitement to me. The way some people love to gush over cars or shoes—my gushing is over Nicole Kidman’s great gift of compassion and fearlessness; and Michael Keaton’s body of work, which has an extraordinary arc from Beetlejuice to James Angleton in The Company (TV mini series).
Many people think that anyone can act. Yes, we all can and do perform on the world stage of life. Take some of those anyone-can-act and put them on a Broadway stage or in front of a camera—your appreciation for the value of Nicole Kidman and Michael Keaton’s talent will escalate in seconds.
In today’s society of reality shows, celebrities, selfies, Instagrams, web series, and paparazzi, art has a fight to get its due respect. So when asked to talk about the artistry of Nicole Kidman and Michael Keaton, my joy and pride overfloweth. Please let me encourage you to enthuse and support talent and craft, which gives our culture an importance and a chance to grow and expand. Always in the Art! Susan Batson