Ellen Burstyn Says She’s ‘Busier’ Now Than Ever in Her Career: ‘I’m 90 and Still Going’

Ellen Burstyn attends the opening night gala of Metropolitan Opera's "Dead Man Walking" at Lincoln Center on September 26, 2023 in New York City
Ellen Burstyn in New York Metropolis on Sept. 26, 2023.Photograph:

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Ellen Burstyn‘s profession is not slowing down.

In a chat for Interview journal along with her Legislation & Order: Organized Crime costar, Christopher Meloni, the Exorcist: Believeractress mirrored on the “weird” feeling of nonetheless having a flourishing display presence at 90.

“I flip 91 in December and I’m busier than I can ever bear in mind being at any level in my profession,” mentioned Burstyn, who shared later within the dialog, which was carried out on July 12, that she was “juggling” the manufacturing of two motion pictures within the fall.

She added, “And I don’t perceive it in any respect. I imply, what’s all these items about ageism in Hollywood? How did I get not noted of it?”

When requested by Meloni, 62, what she attributes all of it to, Burstyn joked, “I don’t know, besides presumably that everyone else who might play these components has already died, so I’m the one actress nonetheless standing who can play the great-grandmother or one thing.”

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 22: Actress Ellen Burstyn, winner of the Best Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie Award for 'Political Animals,' attends the Governors Ball during the 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on September 22, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Ellen Burstyn in Los Angeles on Sept. 22, 2013.Kevork Djansezian/Getty

She additionally mentioned she has lots to be thankful for, telling Meloni of her wake-up routine, “I attempt to have the primary phrases out of my mouth be, ‘Thanks.’ ”

“Thanks that I’m alive. Thanks that I’m protected. Thanks that I’m wholesome. Thanks that I’m 90 and nonetheless going,” Burstyn mentioned. “Thanks for my doggies. I imply, I’ve lots to stay in a state of gratitude for.”

After Meloni mentioned he “marvel(s) at how robust” she is, Burstyn famous that she is vegetarian and that “the key of that’s consuming properly, exercising, not ingesting, not smoking, not doing medicine, and deciding to stay wholesome.”

“That’s what I made a decision after doing all these dangerous issues for a few a long time,” she added.

As for what she does for enjoyable now, “I stroll my doggies. I learn an terrible lot. I’m going to live shows. I play with my associates, have folks over,” Burstyn mentioned.

Ellen Burstyn in the new Exorcist: Believer movie
Ellen Burstyn in The Exorcist: Believer (2023).

Relating her return to the Exorcist franchise for the primary time and reprising her position as Chris MacNeil from the unique 1973 movie, Burstyn advised Meloni with fun, “I don’t know if anyone within the historical past of filmmaking has ever recreated a personality they did 50 years in the past. It seems like a primary to me.”

“There aren’t that many people who find themselves nonetheless working within the enterprise after 50 years, not to mention recreating a personality they did that way back,” she continued. “I’ve an actual connection and feeling for the opposite actors within the movie, as a result of all of us went by means of one thing. You don’t make a film like that with out going by means of a variety of actual, emotional stuff. So the issues that occurred in that movie, that touched on issues from the primary movie, grabbed me.”

The Oscar winner additionally mentioned she has “a variety of respect” for the brand new film’s director and co-writer, David Gordon Inexperienced, who helmed the most up-to-date Halloween trilogy.

“He’s a deep thinker, and it reveals within the script,” Burstyn mentioned. “I’m anxious to see how folks reply to it, as a result of it’s very totally different from the primary one, however sure parts are the identical.”

The Exorcist: Believer is in theaters Friday, Oct. 6.

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