The Truth Behind Holly Hunter’s Role Swings

Holly Hunter, the Oscar-winning star of Raising Arizona, The Piano, Broadcast News and the TV series Saving Grace, has had an unusual career, moving from mainstream movies to small independent films to television and back again. It’s always been my way to move about a little more horizontally. My career has never been like a shooting star, says the 56-year-old actress. After 1987’s Broadcast News, she made a TV movie of the week, Roe vs Wade. After she won an Oscar for 1993’s The Piano, she made another television movie, a comedy called The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom.

Returning to New York theater, where she began her career, Ms. Hunter is now starring in a revival of David Rabe’s Tony-winning play, Sticks and Bones, with Bill Pullman, opening Nov. 6 by the New Group at New York City’s Signature Center. The 1971 play centers on a conventional family (Mr. Pullman’s and her characters are named Ozzie and Harriet) whose lives are upended when their son, blind and likely suffering from undiagnosed post-traumatic stress disorder, returns from Vietnam.

Her next three film projects couldn’t be further apart stylistically. She’s in a coming independent film with Al Pacino called Manglehorn, about a lovelorn locksmith, that will be distributed by IFC. She recently completed filming an as-yet-untitled movie by Terrence Malick (Tree of Life), now in post-production, that centers on two intersecting love triangles in the Austin music scene. And in 2016, she can be seen in the wildly anticipated 3-D movie Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, starring Ben Affleck.