She's a middle-aged blonde in her nice home in the Los Angeles hills. She's got Percocet, Oxycontin and a glass of white wine as she watches the handsome Mexican hunk do maintenance work in her backyard. Quick with a snappy verbal comeback, Claire's quick wit does not hide the fact that she is scarred on the outside and on the inside. And her support group doesn't seem able to help her ease her chronic pain as well as the hunk cleaning her small pool may be able to. She needs relief.
Felicity Huffman does such a marvelous job as the mousey, neurotic support group leader who's intimidated by Claire that you wonder why she didn't have a bunch of other excellent movie scripts after her well-deserved Best Actress Oscar nomination for 2005's Transamerica.
I had a very dear friend who made me laugh, who was generous with her time and advice, gave me confidence in my talents, constantly lifted my spirits...and then broke my heart when she killed herself. Jennifer Aniston knew her too. They worked together. She was on the Friends promotional team at NBC. Gail was very dear to the Friends cast. I wonder if Aniston called up feelings about her when playing Claire.
Cake opens this Friday, January 23rd.