"A sense of freedom is something that happily comes with age, and life experience,” Diane Keaton once said. Perhaps it’s that sense of freedom that inspired the 69-year-old actress to do something she’s never done before: a television series.
The Academy Award winner has signed on to play Sister Mary, an American nun who travels to the Vatican alongside Jude Law in HBO’s new eight-part drama, The Young Pope. But she’s not the only legendary Hollywood actress to find a new career on the small screen.
Diane filming The Young Pope in Rome on Aug. 11. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
“Diane was inspired to take on this TV project after pals Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin received great reviews for their new Netflix series, Grace and Frankie,” says a friend. “Going from films to TV no longer holds the stigma it used to.”
In fact, the role seems tailor-made to bring Diane acclaim and awards. “Here’s how you win an Oscar or an Emmy: Play a nun,” Jeanine Basinger, author of A Woman’s View: How Hollywood Spoke to Women, 1930–1960, tells Closer. “In Hollywood, if a female plays a character who has renounced sex, she’s getting the ultimate acting challenge.”
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