Amy Ryan Talks “Beau Is Afraid,” Her Spelling Bee–Addiction and Joanna Vargas Facials

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The release of Ari Aster’s much-anticipated Beau Is Afraid—starring Joaquin Phoenix and a star-studded cast—just hit, and Amy Ryan (she plays Grace opposite Nathan Lane in a performance that’s being called “press-worthy”) is ready to share with audiences what she calls “a ride.” In between the buzz, the 55-year-old acclaimed actress sat down with us to chat the “bizarre script,” spelling bees and what she considers the best facial in New York.

On filming Beau Is Afraid:

I loved making this film! Ari’s ideas are energizing and thrilling. The world of his script is bizarre and refreshing. I was happy to go along on any ride and thing he threw at me. He is a compassionate, kind director with a wicked sense of humor.

On the audience takeaway:

It’s impossible to take just one thing away from seeing this film. I think each viewer will experience it differently. That’s the fun. Hopefully those opposing points of view will make for engaging walk or drive from the theatre.

On her favorite “glam” moment for a role:

I’m a character actress so I rarely encounter glamorous wardrobes. That said, my costumes for “Bridge of Spies” designed Kasia Walicka-Maimone were very glamorous to me. Each piece was custom-made. Wearing them I felt transported to another era and felt beautiful. She’s a phenomenal designer.

On self-care after work:

I’m addicted to NY Times Spelling Bee.

On her go-to wellness spot in New York:

Joanna Vargas for facials. I believe in aging naturally, while taking good care of my skin.

On what she’s looking forward to this spring:

My birthday!

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