Laura Dern On Baby Yoda: I Don’t Mind Being The Taller One

Laura Dern On Baby Yoda: I Don’t Mind Being The Taller One


>>Stephen: HEY, EVERYBODY,
WELCOME BACK. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, MY FIRST
GUEST IS AN EMMY AWARD-WINNING ACTOR YOU KNOW FROM “BIG LITTLE
LIES,” “TWIN PEAKS,” AND “JURASSIC PARK.” SHE JUST WON A GOLDEN GLOBE FOR
HER ROLE IN “MARRIAGE STORY.” PLEASE WELCOME TO “THE LATE
SHOW,” LAURA DERN. ♪ ♪ ♪
( APPLAUSE )
>>WOW! I LOVE– I LOVE BEING HERE.>>Stephen: HOW DELIGHTFUL. SO NICE TO SEE YOU AGAIN.>>IT’S SO GREAT TO SEE YOU. AND I LOVE BEING A SURPRISE. THANK YOU. THANK YOU, ALL.>>Stephen: CONGRATULATIONS ON
YOUR GOLDEN GLOBE.>>THANK YOU!>>Stephen: FOR “MARRIAGE
STORY.”>>THANK YOU!>>Stephen: WELL DESERVED.>>THANK YOU.>>Stephen: IS THAT– IS THAT
FUN? I’VE NEVER BEEN TO THE GOLDEN
GLOBES BECAUSE OUR SHOW– THEY DON’T HAVE A CATEGORY FOR US.>>I MEAN, IT’S SO FUN. ROBERT De NIRO WAS SITTING
RIGHT BEHIND ME. HOW CAN IT NOT BE FUN? YOU’RE SEEING PEOPLE WHO ARE
SUCH ICONS AND IDOLS TO YOU.>>Stephen: LAURA DERN.>>I MEAN, COME ON! I SAW MYSELF. I WAS JUST FREAKED OUT AND
THRILLED. NO, BUT IT IS AMAZING, YOU KNOW,
TO BE– I’M SUCH A FAN OF “FLEABAG” “SUCCESSION,” SO
SEEING THE CAST OF THESE SHOWS WAS SO EXCITING.>>Stephen: “MARRIAGE STORY”
IS ONE OF THE MOST MOVING, HEARTBREAKING, FUNNY, AND
BEAUTIFUL MOVIES I’VE SEEN IN YEARS. THANK YOU FOR YOUR PERFORMANCE,
AND FOR EVERYBODY INVOLVED IN IT. I KNOW THAT NOEL BAUMBACH–
>>THANK YOU.>>Stephen:
( APPLAUSE ).
>>Stephen: IF I HAVE THIS
CORRECTLY THAT NOEL BAUMBACH ACTUALLY INVOLVED THE PERFORMERS
IN SORT OF THE– IN CONVERSATIONS BEFORE THE SCRIPT
WAS COMPLETED, WHILE IT WAS STILL BEING DEVELOPED.>>HE DID, WHICH WAS AMAZING.>>Stephen: WHAT DID YOU GUYS
TALK ABOUT?>>YOU KNOW, WE STARTED — IT
WAS WITH MYSELF, ADAM DRIVER, AND SCARLETT JOHANSSON, WHO ARE
INCREDIBLE IN THIS FILM. AND WE STARTED TALKING ABOUT
LIFE AND RELATIONSHIPS, AND NOAH SAID HE WANTED TO MAKE A LOVE
STORY. AND OVER THE COURSE OF SOME
MONTHS, HE AND I HAD DINNER, AND I REMEMBER HIM SAYING, “I THINK
I WANT TO TELL A LOVE STORY THROUGH THE LENS OF DIVORCE,”
WHICH I THOUGHT WAS INCREDIBLY BOLD AND QUITE A TERRIFYING
THING TO PULL OFF, WHICH HE’S SUCH A METICULOUS WRITER, HE DID
SO PERFECTLY. AND THEN HE SAID, “I THINK I
WANT YOU TO PLAY THE DIVORCE LAWYER,” AND OUR CONVERSATIONS
GREW FROM THERE, WHICH WAS AMAZING.>>Stephen: TO BE IN THE EARLY
STAGES OF THOSE CONVERSATIONS, AND THEN FINALLY SEE THE SCRIPT
MUST HAVE BEEN FASCINATING. WHAT WAS YOUR REACTION WHEN YOU
FINALLY READ THE SCRIPT?>>SOBBED FOR 15 MINUTES. ON HIS VOICE MAIL, IN FACT. I MEAN, I WAS– I WAS WEEPING
BECAUSE THE MOVIE THAT YOU SEE IS THE SCRIPT WE WERE GIVEN. EACH LINE, HOW I TAKE MY HIGH
HEELS OFF– I MEAN, EVERYTHING WAS DESCRIBED FLAWLESSLY. AND RIGHT BEFORE I READ IT, I
REMEMBER HIM SAYING, “I WANT TO MAKE A MOVIE TO REMIND US THAT
ENDINGS AREN’T FAILURES.” AND THAT ALREADY MADE ME CRY. I FELT SO MOVED BY THAT. AND HE REALLY HAS MADE THAT
FILM. SO IT WAS AMAZING.>>Stephen: WE HAVE A CLIP
HERE OF YOU TALKING TO SCARLET’S CHARACTER– WHAT’S THE ACTUAL
MOMENT HERE FOR THE PEOPLE WHO HAVEN’T SEEN IT?>>FOR THE MOST HERE, MY
CHARACTER YOU’VE GOTTEN TO KNOW AS A PRETTY PARTICULAR DIVORCE
LAWYER, VERY MANIPULATIVE NSOME WAYS, TO WINT CASE. BUT HERE, THEY’RE DOING A SORT
OF TRIAL ON HOW YOU SHOULD BE WITH A MEADEATOR AND CONVERSE
AND SHARE WHO ARE YOU AS A MOTHER. AND IT’S IN A WAY MY CHARACTER’S
ORIGIN STORY ABOUT HOW SHE GOT INTO THIS BUSINESS TO SORT OF
PROTECT WOMEN AND MOTHERS’ VOICES IN FAMILY COURT. BUT SHE GETS VERY CLEAR ABOUT
HOW WOMEN ARE MEASURED UP– OR MOTHERS, COMPARED TO FATHERS.>>Stephen: JIM.>>LET’S FACE IT, THE IDEA OF A
GOOD FATHER WAS ONLY INVENTED, LIKE, 30 YEARS AGO. BEFORE THAT, FATHERS WERE
EXPECTED TO BE SILENT AND ABSENT AND UNRELIABLE AND SELFISH. WE CAN ALL SAY WE WANT THEM TO
BE DIFFERENT, BUT ON SOME BASIC LEVEL, WE ACCEPT THEM. WE LOVE THEM FOR THEIR
FALLIBILITIES, BUT PEOPLE ABSOLUTELY DON’T ACCEPT THOSE
SAME FEELINGS IN MORPGZ WE DON’T ACCEPT IT STRUCTURALLY, AND WE
DON’T ACCEPT IT SPIRITUALLY. BECAUSE THE BASE OF OUR
JUDEO-CHRISTIAN– WHATEVER– IS MARRY MARY, MOTHER OF JESUS, AND
SHE’S PERFECT. SHE’S A VIRGIN WHO GIVES BIRTH!( APPLAUSE )
>>IT’S JUST SUCH –>>Stephen: YEAH.>>IT’S SUCH BRILLIANT WRITING,
AND AS, YOU KNOW, AN ACTOR IT’S LIKE A CHRISTMAS PRESENT TO GET
A TREAT LIKE THAT. MY GOD.>>Stephen: I WANT TO TAKE A
MOMENT HERE TO JUST GUSH BRIEFLY ABOUT ANOTHER AMAZING FILM
YOU’RE IN THIS YEAR, “LITTLE WOMEN.”>>YES.( APPLAUSE )
SO BEAUTIFUL.>>Stephen: AGAIN, ANOTHER
AMAZING CAST OF PEOPLE.>>INCREDIBLE.>>Stephen: INCREDIBLE
DIRECTOR, TOO?>>INCREDIBLE, ALSO WRITER,
DIRECTOR, WHO HAPPENS TNT PARTNER OF THE WRITER, DIRECTOR
YOU JUST SAW. I SPENT MY YEAR WITH NOEL
BAUMBACH AND GRETA GERWIG WHO ARE ALSO A COUPLE.>>Stephen: HAVE THEY ADOPTED
YOU?>>YES, 100%. THEY MAY NOT HAVE WANTED TO,
BUT, YES, IN FACT, I MIGHT MOVE IN.>>Stephen: WHAT WAS IT LIKE–
IT’S BEAUTIFUL TO LOOK AT, BESIDES BEING A BEAUTIFUL STORY,
AND A VERY GENTLE AND HEARTWARMING STORY AND
HEARTBREAKING AT THE SAME TIME. IT’S BEAUTIFUL TO LOOK AT. IS IT SHOT IN CONCORDE?>>IT IS. WE BASICALLY MOVED INTO
CONCORDE, MASSACHUSETTS, ALL OF FALL, WHICH WAS AMAZING, OF LAST
YEAR. SO BEAUTIFUL, WE’RE LITERALLY AT
THE HOME OF LOUISA MAY ALCOTT, WALKING EVERY WEEKEND ON WALDEN
POND. SOMEHOW– I HAD TO PINCH
MYSELF– MY NEWFOUND FRIEND, WHO IS MY HERO, MERYL STREEP, WHO I
WORKED WITH ON “BIG LITTLE LIES” JOINED THE CAST, SO WE WERE IN
CONCORDE TOGETHER.>>Stephen: THE SECOND THING
YOU’VE DONE WITH HER THIS YEAR.>>YES, WHICH IS AMAZING! AND THERE WE ARE HAVING DINNERS
AND BEING IN THE MIDDLE OF THIS INCREDIBLE HISTORIC PLACE. AND WHEN YOU ARE AND YOU’RE
WORKING ON SOMETHING LIKE “LITTLE WOMEN” YOU NEED TO
REALLY STEEP YOURSELF INTO AMERICAN HISTORY TOND THE STORY
YOU’RE TELLING. SO WHY NOT GO TO YOUR NEIGHBOR,
DORIS KERNS GOODWIN.>>Stephen: SHE WAS LIVING
RIGHT BY YOU?>>YES AND WHEN I FOUND OUT THAT
SHE WAS MY NEIGHBOR, THANK GOD SHE AND HER SON LET ME BECOME
LIKE FAMILY WITH THEM. BUT ALL I KEPT THINKING WAS,
“APOLOGIES TO DORIS KERNS GOODWIN.” THIS IS —
>>Stephen: DEEP CUT FOR “COLBERT REPORT” FANS. LITERALLY THE LAST JOKE WE DID
ON THE OLD SHOW. HAD YOU WORKED WITH MERRILL
BEFORE?>>JUST ON “BIG LITTLE LIES.” THAT WAS IT. SO MY WHOLE LIFE, YOU KNOW, SHE
WAS A HERO TO ME. AND THEN ON “BIG LITTLE LIES,” I
WAS SO EXCITED, ALL I WANTED TO DO WAS PAY TRIBUTE TO HER, BOW
AT HER FEET, OR CUSS HER OUT IN A STARBUCKS WHICH IS WHAT I HAD
TO DO. DO.>>Stephen: I WANT TO CATCH UP
ON A NEWS STORY THAT KIND OF GOT AWAY FROM US THAT YOU WERE PART
OF. IT’S A BIG NEWS STORY. BABY YODA IS A BIG DEAL THIS
YEAR. AND YOU WERE ON A RED CAERPT–
WHAT WAS THAT FOR? DO YOU REMEMBER WHAT THAT WAS
FOR?>>THE GOTHAM AWARDS.>>Stephen: THE GOTHAM AWARDS. ON THE GOTHAM AWARDS YOU WERE
ASKED ABOUT BABY YODA. DO YOU LIKE BABY YODA? AND DO YOU REMEMBER WHAT YOU
SAID? YOU SAW HIM–
>>AT A BASKETBALL GAME.>>Stephen: AND PEOPLE WEREN’T
SURE WHAT TO MAKE OF IT. AND THIS CAUSED HEADLINES, A LOT
OF HEADLINES. AND THIS CAUSED HEADLINES, A LOT
OF HEADLINES.( LAUGHTER )
( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).
>>Stephen: SO, CLEARLY, THE
PEOPLE– THE PEOPLE, ANDREY DERKOTCH THE PEOPLE WANT TO
KNOW, WHAT DID YOU MEAN? DID YOU SEE BABY YODA AT A
BASKETBALL GAME?>>I’M JUST GOING TO SAY THIS,
BECAUSE WE’VE BEEN IN THIS BUSINESS FOR A LONG TIME NOW.>>Stephen: SURE.>>AND I WAS RAISED BY ACTORS. THERE CAN BE A FRENZY WHEN
PEOPLE ARE FRIENDS OR HAVE SOME KIND OF RELATIONSHIP, AND PEOPLE
WANT TO WONDER. YOU KNOW? AND —
>>Stephen: HE’S A STAR, YOU’RE A STAR, AND YOU’VE BEEN
SEEN TOGETHER AT BASKETBALL GAMES.>>UN —
>>Stephen: ANYTHING?>>I MEAN, HE’S, AS A BABY, HE’S
A 50-YEAR-OLD BABY. SO I MEAN, IT’S NOT
INAPPROPRIATE. IT’S A PERFECT —
>>Stephen: SURE, SURE, NO ONE IS GOING TO ACCUSE YOU OF
ROBBING THE CRADLE.>>AND I SAID TO MY FRIENDS, THE
NEXT MAN I AM WITH I WANT TO BE INCREDIBLY WISE, GREAT SENSE OF
HUMOR. I DON’T MIND BEING THE TALLER
ONE.>>Stephen: I’M SURE YOU HAD
TO DO THAT A LOT IN YOUR CAREER.>>I NEVER MENTIONED GREEN, BUT
YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT YOU’RE GOING TO GET.>>Stephen: AND THOSE EYES.>>THOSE EYES! I CAN’T TELL YOU. WHEN YOU SAY, “I JUST WANT YOU
TO LOOK INTO MY EYES FOREVER,” HE’S DEFINITELY GOING TO BE
DOING THAT.>>Stephen: LAURA, GOOD LUCK. GIVE MY BEST TO BABY YODA.>>I WILL.>>Stephen: “MARRIAGE STORY” IS
ON NETFLIX NOW. LAURA DERN, EVERYBODY! WE’LL BE RIGHT BACK WITH KESHA.

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