The Movie Fanatic exclusive interview with Smashed director and co-writer James Ponsoldt and Mary Kay Place turned into a mutual appreciation society tribute to his film’s star sitting beside him. We’ve appreciated the actress for years, from The Big Chill right on through Being John Malkovich and Girl, Interrupted. “It’s the coolest thing ever,” Ponsoldt said of having Place in his movie. “I’ve admired her work for years. It meant that my film was going to be so much better than I ever imagined.”
In Smashed, Place portrays the mother of the woman at the heart of the story trying to stay sober… Mary Elizabeth Winstead.