Sally Hawkins: ‘Just talking about mothers makes you cry’


I haven’t seen The Shape of Water yet. I plan to, just haven’t yet. Sally Hawkins, who stars in the film, has always intrigued me. Sally was nominated for Best Actress for her role in TSoW. It’s her second nomination, her first was for her role as Ginger in Blue Jasmine. I think she’s a very good actress and I’ve enjoyed watching her make her way to leading lady.

Sally was recently interviewed by People’s Jeff Cagle. He asked a series of soft-ball questions, like what films make her laugh and cry. That didn’t stop Sally from getting emotional, though. Jeff asked her what woman inspired her the most and Sally got choked up when she answered it was her mother.

Just thinking about the impact her mother had on her life is enough to make The Shape of Water star Sally Hawkins get emotional.

“There are a few women who have inspired me, but the woman who has inspired me the most would have to be my own mother and my grandmother,” the actress, who is nominated for a Best Actress Oscar this year, tells PEOPLE.

“Just talking about mothers makes you cry,” she adds, getting teary eyed. “This is very embarrassing, but yes, I’d have to say my mother.”

[From People]

I am not a crier. I don’t know if it’s a control thing or if I possess a cold, black heart but very little makes me cry. I cried when my best friend moved away and I’ve cried after losing people close to me. And Folger’s commercials, of course, I’m not a monster. Suffice to say, I don’t cry every time I think of my mother, although she would also be my answer to an inspirational role model as well. That in itself is kind of ironic because my mother cries at the drop of a hat. Not that I have any problem with Sally tearing up about her mom, who is very much alive, by the way. A strong parent/child bond is wonderful. Plus, her mother, Jacqui, is pretty amazing. She and Sally’s dad, Colin, have written and illustrated over 150 children’s books.

However, it was her response to the movies that excited me the most. As for what makes her laugh, her first answer was Time Bandits! I absolutely adore Time Bandits. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen it. We showed my kids it last year and occasionally they’ll quote it, which is enough to, well – make me cry. Sally followed Time Bandits with “any Monty Python movie,” which, again, I give two hearty thumbs up. As for what makes her cry, she answered ET. Whenever I think of ET, I think of the closet scene with ET and Drew Barrymore screaming and I start giggling so that would not be on my “cry” list.

Just to address the Woody Allen in the room, Sally appeared in two Allen films, Cassandra’s Dream and Blue Jasmine. Jasmine opened six-months before Dylan Farrow’s essay in the New York Times detailing her father’s molestation. Although Sally spoke complimentary of Allen prior to Dylan’s essay, I did not find any evidence that she has done so since.




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  1. Hazel says:

    ET phone hooooome.

  2. HH says:

    Wow… I thought it was just me. But yes, I cry when I think of my mother. I think she’s just the salt of the earth. Truly.

    • i, pet goat 2 says:

      I often cry when I think of mine, too. There is nothing more special than a mother daugther bond in this world, to me. (If you’re lucky enough to have great parents, of course. I feel for those who don’t.)

  3. Juliette says:

    I love her. She’s magic in The Shape of Water

  4. Cupcake says:

    The Shape of Water is seriously overrated. Does not deserve so many award noms. At. All.

  5. Sandy says:

    TSoW was so terribly overrated. Her acting was great, but the beastiality skeeved me out.

    • GMonkey says:

      I thought it was a great movie. I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but it’s not really bestiality if you make the connections between several hints and then the final reveal.

    • momE says:

      The aquatic man was a Mer Man, ish, not “an animal”- and her character was likely from his people. There are films and then there are Films. TsOw is memorable and original- maybe not for the average person.

  6. INeedANap says:

    I am HERE for the Sally Hawkins love. She’s quietly built herself a great career in unusual parts and has crushed them all, while being a consummate professional.

  7. Lucy says:

    I was so surprised to find out she’s British!! She can do a flawless american accent.

  8. adastraperaspera says:

    Sally is luminous! I first saw her in Fingersmith. She played that character with such heart and soul.

  9. Anastasia says:

    I feel her. Two years ago, I took my mom to Seattle for Mother’s Day. On the flight there, she fell asleep and when I looked over at her and saw her sleeping face it FREAKED me right out. Out of superstition, I’m not even going to say why. I’m sure everyone can infer it. I made a lot of noise and moved around a lot until she woke up, LOL.

    We didn’t have a good relationship at all when I was growing up and through my 20s and 30s, but she’s a different person now, don’t know why, but I’m not questioning it. Moms are mostly great.

  10. Wowza says:

    i love her style! Seeing those red carpet looks lined up like that is really lovely. Now I’m looking forward to seeing her Oscar look.

  11. Leah says:

    I LOVE Sally Hawkins. She is just luminous. I highly recommend “Maudie”, in which she portrays Canadian folk artist Maud Lewis. Ethan Hawke co-stars. Just a beauiful film.

    • Cayy says:

      “Maudie” was one of my favorite movies of last year. It was so beautifully done. I’ve loved Sally Hawkins since “Happy Go Lucky,” probably my favorite movie of all time. I want to know more and more about her, but there’s so rarely any gossip.

    • WhatwasThat? says:

      Did you see her in Persusion ?….She was very good and of course Rupert Penry Jones was easy on the eye!

    • momE says:

      I can’t wait to see Maudie- thanks for the reminder!

  12. Jay says:

    I saw her in TSoW and she was great. Although, and I’m so sorry if this comes out as body-shamey, but when I saw the first glimpses of her in the first real scene when she’s getting ready I was alarmed by how thin she was. I’ve never seen or heard of her before this movie; is that just how she looks? Is that just her frame? Not that it matters but it was jolting to me for a second. And then I forgot about it (until I saw this post) because man she does such a good job. SUCH A GOOD JOB!! I didn’t buy one certain aspect of the movie (no spoilers) but everything else was awesome. Great characters, great imagery, loved how it was shot, etc. Go see it when you can!

  13. GMonkey says:

    I like her because she’s a great actor, but she’s also my doppelganger! It’s kind of cool to see someone who looks kind of kooky and unconventional (for a film star) like I do, in a major film.

    Also, I’ve been dealing with a difficult and uncomfortable auto immune disease which had branched off in a terrible new direction since last July. I had lost a lot of weight and had to go into therapy to deal with the depression. I had always been curvy and muscular with a big appetite and I’d gone from a thick-booty’d, large busted size 10 to a size 6 with my pants literally falling off my now flat butt and my breasts basically disappeared in just a couple of months.

    When my husband and I went to see the TSOW, I had just begun feeling a little better physically and emotionally. When my husband and I walked out of the theatre, he said, “Wow, she’s an adorable little dork who’s almost as beautiful as you!” So, the film is a little extra special to me because it makes me think of beginning to feel slightly better and hopefully turning a corner into recovery/remission.