LAT: It’s an edgy role. Is that what appealed to you?
MG: Yeah. I love the way it’s written. I like the way Scott writes. He’s a young writer — he’s 34. I think he’s really gifted. I studied acting in New York with Stella Adler and I spent a year studying playwrights, the great ones, like Clifford Odets. And now people are likening Scott to [David] Mamet.
LAT: Because of the play’s mannered speech?
MG: Yeah, but I think in a way he’s more like Clifford Odets in the sense of trying to get at the issues of family. And so I thought it was really beautiful when I read it. And I know his dad [James Caan]; I’ve known Jimmy for years and so I read it, and he came over with Val [Lauren], who directed us. And I was really excited to work with them. They’re all young and hungry and good and trying to stretch themselves. I remember being in that place. It’s been a really wonderful experience for me because I got to watch them and to be the older person and be the sort of monster mom. It’s been really fun.