Salon Talks: Swoosie Kurtz


Swoosie Kurtz is a veteran actor who has won two Tonys and one Emmy, written a memoir — and rocked the world's greatest eye patch on the late, great "Pushing Daisies." Now she's back on television, in Amazon's new comedy "The Dangerous Book for Boys."

Speaking with Mary Elizabeth Williams for Salon Talks, Kurtz described the show — executive produced by Bryan Cranston and “Superbad” director Greg Mottola — as "a feast," and said her character "puts the role of grandma on its head."

"Tiffany is a rock and roll hippie child of the sixties," she said. "[She] goes out on dates, stays out late. She's come into this household to help… but she is absolutely no help. She's like another teenager in the house." Kurtz also notes that show's theme of "Go out into the world, have adventures" is one "I think we all need now…. It's life affirming and so rich. It's not a kid's show, it's not an adult show that's inappropriate for kids. The whole darn family can watch."

Watch the video above to see Kurtz discuss her 102 year-old mom's secret to longevity and why the busy actress says her retirement "is not going well." Tune in for SalonTV's live shows, "Salon Talks" and "Salon Stage", daily at noon ET / 9 a.m. PT and 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT, streaming live on Salon, Facebook and Periscope.

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