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Polished Edge: Celebrity Q&A with Carrie Preston

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Carrie Preston of ‘True Blood’ on HBO

Q: What kind of projects does your production company usually do?

A: We choose to do works that tell a story of people who might not get told in a wider, more “Hollywood studio” kind of system. I feel a lot of times that the films that are made specifically for the gay audience can be a little limiting. Maybe they are more explicit sexually, or they’re things that you can’t share with your family. We like to say that we make gay films you can take your mother to and women films with a “broad” appeal.

Q: Is that why your recent film “That’s What She Said” has an all-female cast?

A: There are so many “bromance” films that are all-male except for maybe one female that the main protagonist wants to have sex with. That’s pretty much how women are represented in those films, and we wanted to make a female response to that. The things I do that are more fringe are because I want to give a voice to characters that wouldn’t otherwise have a place in our film and TV culture.

Q: When did you know you wanted to be an actress?

A: Oh, I knew immediately. I remember at one point, I think I was 13 or 14, I looked at my mother and said, “Do you think I can do this for a living?” and she said, “Well, honey, somebody’s gotta do it and I don’t know why it can’t be you.”

Tori Spelling of ‘Craft Wars’ on TLC

Q: You’re currently working on your fourth child, due this September. Is that considered normal or abnormal in Hollywood circles?

A: It’s funny, I was just talking to my friend about the exact same thing two days ago. I was like, “People keep trying to make me out to be some weirdo, that I’m having four children.” “What do you mean?” Is that not the norm, or is it just in L.A.?

I did a movie recently in Utah, and somebody said, “Good, congrats on number four; I’m on my sixth.” And I said, “You just made me feel normal, thank you!” The truth is, I grew up with one brother. We had a great family, but I always wanted a big family. I didn’t have much extended family. We didn’t have big family reunions, cousins and aunts and all of that. I always craved that.

And my husband wanted the same thing. We love children; we love our family. We’re probably done, at this point, after number four, but we wanted a big family.

Q: Do you have advice for expectant moms?

A: Oh, my gosh. Well, the thing about it is, you never really become a pro, because just when you think you know what you’re doing, the next one is completely different. Just like with every child, every pregnancy is completely different. My pregnancy tip, I guess the biggest one would be, not to listen to anybody.

You have to ignore everything and go with what your body’s telling you.

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