Robin Wright On ‘The Conspirator,’ James McAvoy, Robert Redford [VIDEO EXCLUSIVE]
Robin Wright is no stranger to playing the leading lady so it does not come as a surprise that she would take on the role of Mary Surratt, the lone female charged as a co-conspirator in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, in Robert Redford’s The Conspirator, out now on DVD. Wright was born in Dallas and raised in San Diego, where she began her career as a professional model and later became an actress after she graduated high school. Her road to stardom began in the 80s when she was listed as one of twelve “Promising New Actors of 1986” for her role on the soap opera Santa Barbara. On set, she met her first husband, Dane Witherspoon, who played her lover and husband on the soap opera, as well.
Since then, Wright has built a strong resume of leading roles in films such as The Princess Bride, Forrest Gump and Message In A Bottle. She was nominated for a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild award for her performance as Jenny Curran in Forrest Gump. More recently, she played a minor role as Daniel Craig’s office affair in the best-selling novel adapted to film, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, and Brad Pitt’s ex-wife in the Oscar-nominated film, Moneyball. Wright was married to Sean Penn for 14 years and has two children with him, Dylan Francis, 20, and Hopper Jack, 18.
In our exclusive interview, Wright opens up about working with X-Men: First Class star James McAvoy and classic Hollywood actor-turned-director Robert Redford. And is The Conspirator a commentary on today’s military tribunals, which are so much in the news. “There’s no bias,” says Wright. “In the end, when it comes to the heart, we all have the same heart.”
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The Princess Bride (1987)
As Buttercup, the titular maiden in the beloved Rob Reiner comedy "The Princess Bride," Wright stole Cary Elwes' heart.
Part of an all-star cast including Robin Williams, Joan Cusack and Michael Gambon, Wright starred in the wacky movie about a factory full of toys who protect themselves against a new owner
Forrest Gump (1994)
Wright was nominated for a Golden Globe for her work opposite Tom Hanks in "Forrest Gump." She played grown-up Jenny, Gump's best friend and soul mate.
Message In A Bottle (1999)
Count Kevin Costner among Wright's long list of leading men. The pair found love in an unlikely place in "Message in a Bottle."
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2011)
Did you miss Wright as Daniel Craig's sexy co-editor and girlfriend in David Fincher's "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"? We didn't.