“Mare of Easttown” and “Hack” Star Jean Smart for Variety Magazine

Posted on September 17, 2021

“Mare of Easttown” and “Hack” star Jean Smart covers the latest issue of Variety magazine photographed by Robert Trachtenberg and styled by Jordan Grossman


Smart has fond memories of Charlene and, having played so many intense characters recently, wouldn’t mind revisiting someone a little more lighthearted like that role: “I always felt like she was my actual core person, kind of gullible and trusting and believes that everybody’s basically good,” Smart says. “And I’d like to play a character like that again, instead of someone who’s angry or defensive. I mean, I’m not complaining. I’ve gotten to play some amazing roles lately that are so multifaceted. But it was a lot of fun to play her.”

After more than 40 years in the business, she has figured out one secret to longevity that too many others in Hollywood have missed: “I realized that you can nicely stand up for yourself. You don’t have to scream and yell; you can make a point in a nice, professional way. Which is a valuable lesson to learn. … You can’t always worry about what everybody thinks of you. Just worry about the people that you love and respect and what they think of you.”



Style Credits:
Cover: St. John Metallic Coat from the Resort 2022 Collection
Image: Balenciaga Print Dress

Makeup by Jo Strettell
Hair by Robert Vetica


[Photo Credit: Robert Trachtenberg for Variety Magazine, Courtesy of St. John]

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