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Laura Linney on the Singer Who Reminds Her of Beginnings

“One of the great things about getting older is that if you’re lucky enough, you get to work with some of the same people over and over again,” the actress Laura Linney said. “It’s my favorite, favorite thing to do.”

Ethan Hawke is one of those colleagues on repeat. Their relationship began with what she called a rather famously bad production of “The Seagull” in 1992.

Linney was thrilled, then, when Hawke asked her to play Flannery O’Connor’s mother, Regina, in his new film “Wildcat.”

“We’ve watched each other struggle and succeed and do well and be in pain,” Linney said. “There’s a trust that comes with time that you can’t generate.”

The four-time Emmy winner and three-time Oscar nominee talked about the memories evoked by Elton John, her not-so-secret addiction and how she hopes to be remembered. These are edited excerpts from the conversation.

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Juilliard Students

I went to Juilliard. I’m on the board at Juilliard. Walking through the halls of Juilliard and seeing young artists at a level of concentration that you only have when you are in the midst of training, I find it incredibly life-affirming. It confirms everything I want and know to be true about why the arts are important.

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