ISABELLA

>>> ISABELLA ROSSELLINI'S BEAUTY HAS MADE HER ONE OF THE WORLD'S MOST RECOGNIZABLE WOMEN. IN HER LATEST PROJECT, SHE STARS AS THE HIGH PRIESTESS THAR IN THE SCI-FI CHANNEL MINI-SERIES "EARTHSEA," BASED ON A SERIES OF AWARD-WINNING BOOKS.
>> BUT I TOOK YOU IN. TREATED YOU AS I WOULD A DAUGHTER. MADE YOU MY SUCCESSOR. HOW COULD I NOT SEE THE MADNESS YOU HARBOR? ROSA'S LAST WORDS AND HER HONOR BETRAYED YOUR PLOT. HAVE YOU ANYTHING TO SAY?
>> I WOULD NOT OF THOUGHT YOU COULD SO EASILY DISMISS YOUR
>> ISABELLA ROSSELLINI, GOOD OWN MORNING. FEELINGS. >> GOOD MORNING.
>> I WAS A LITTLE INTIMIDATED BY YOU.
>> YES, YES. I'M A GOOD GUY, GOOD PERSON, BUT A LOT OF AUTHORITY.
>> VERY TOUGH, VERY TOUGH.
>> VERY TOUGH.
>> THIS MINI SERIES IS BASED ON SOME NOVELS. DID YOU KNOW ANYTHING--
>> NO, NO, MY DAUGHTER HAD READ THEM AND LIKED THEM. I DIDN'T READ THEM. SO I READ THE SCRIPT WHICH WAS VAST. AND THEN ONE OF THE BOOKS, BECAUSE THERE IS A SERIES OF SIX BOOKS.
>> RIGHT.
>> THERE WERE VERY SUCCESSFUL BOOKS AND I THINK THE SUCCESS OF "HARRY POTTER" OR LORD OF THE RINGS OPENED FOR BOOK OF THAT NATURE TO BE MADE INTO MINI SERIES AND OTHER FILM. >> THIS IS KIND OF A FANTASY, OTHER WORLDLY--
>> WITH MAGIC.
>> YEAH.
>> IT'S THERE IS GOING TO BE SHOWN ON SCIENCE FICTION CHANNEL.
>> RIGHT.
>> IT IS REALLY MORE FANTASY THAN SCIENCE FICTION.
>> HOW DO YOU KNOW WHEN SOMETHING COMES YOUR WAY WHETHER TO SAY YES OR NO?
>> GENERALLY, THE SCRIPT IS THE FIRST THING, BUT IT'S NOT THE ONLY THING, YOU KNOW? BECAUSE I GENERALLY CHECK -- IF IT'S A FEATURE, I THINK THE DIRECTOR DOMINATES. IF IT'S SOMETHING FOR TELEVISION PRODUCERS ARE, YOU KNOW, MORE -- THEY WOULD DOMINATE MORE SOMETIMES. I MEAN, THE DIRECTOR -- BUT IF THE PRODUCER IS GOOD, YOU KNOW THE DIRECTOR IS GOOD. INDEPENDENT FILM CAN HAVE A VERY HUMBLE PRODUCTION AND HAVE A VERY GREAT TALENT AND I'VE DONE A LOT OF FIRST FILM. IN THE CASE OF "AERGESEA, I'VE WORKED WITH THE PRODUCER, THIS IS MY SEVENTY PRODUCTION WITH HIM. HE SAID I HAVE A SCRIPT FOR YOU. HAVE YOU TO GIVE ME THE ANSWER IN TWO DAYS. I SAW THE HUGE VOLUME TO READ AND NO WAY I COULD DO IT IN TWO DAYS SO MY ANSWER IS YES AND THAT'S IT. >> YOU SHOT IN VANCOUVER?
>> WE SHOT IN VANCOUVER IN JULY. IT IS VERY MAGIC WITH THE BEAUTIFUL FORESTS AND ISLAND. SO HE BLENDS IT WITH A LITTLE BIT ADDING SPECIAL EFFECT. HE LENDS HIMSELF INTO A LEGEND LEGENDARY AND FAIRY TALE KIND OF LANDSCAPE.
>> CAN I ASK YOU A VERY PERSONAL QUESTION?
>> YES.
>> YOU TURNED 50?
>> 52.
>> YOU OWN THAT PROUDLY?
>> YES.
>> WAS THERE A SENSE OF LIBERATION?
>> THERE WAS. I THINK THEY TALK ABOUT HOW DIFFICULT IT IS FOR WOMEN TO GROW OLD. I HAVE A FRIEND OF MINE THAT WROTE A WONDERFUL BOOK COMING OUT, THE BOOK IS COMING OUT IN JANUARY AND CAROL DID A SURVEY AND MOST WOMEN FEEL TERRIBLY LIBERATED. IT'S THE TIME THAT YOUR CHILDREN ARE GROWN UP, THAT YOUR HUSBAND EITHER IS GONE OR -- BECAUSE YOU GOT RID OF HIM -- OR THE MARRIAGE IS NOW COMPLETELY SOLID AND SUCCESSFUL AND IT'S A MOMENT FOR WOMEN TO DO WHAT THEY REALLY WANT TO DO. >> IF YOU DON'T MIND MY SAYING TO SO, YOU LOOK TERRIFIC.
>> THANKS. I DON'T EVEN CARE ABOUT THAT, BUT THANK YOU.
>> DO YOU NOT?
>> YOU'RE LIBERATE ODD THE SENSE THAT YOU ALWAYS HAVE TO PLEASE, PLEASE AND BE PRETTY. IT'S A CERTAIN POINT, YOU SAY, WELL, I AM WHO I AM AND THAT'S IT, YOU KNOW?
>> YOU CERTAINLY COME FROM A PRETTY FINE GENE POOL, I GUESS. THAT DOESN'T HURT EITHER, RIGHT?
>> NO, THAT DOESN'T. IT HELPS.
>> DO PEOPLE KNOW WHO YOUR MOTHER WAS? YOUNG PEOPLE?
>> YOUNG PEOPLE, SOME. I THINK THAT MY MOM IS INGRID BERGMAN AND I THINK CASABLANCA, NOT SOMETIMES THE ENTIRE FILM BUT THAT LAST SEEN OF CASABLANCA WITH HUMPHREY BOGART AT THE AIRPORT, THAT HAS BECOME AN ICONIC IMAGE. WHEN I SAY TO SOME PEOPLE MY MOM IS INGRID BERGMAN IN CASABLANCA. YOU KNOW THE SCENE IN HUMPHREY BOGART, BLACK AND WHITE AT THE AIRPORT? OH, THAT'S YOUR MOM? >> IT'S ALWAYS A PLEASURE TO SEE YOU.
>> THANK YOU.
>> GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR NEW FILM.

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