When it comes to lauded actresses, it’d be a crime not to mention the name Laura Linney. After all, she has received numerous honors — four Emmys, three Academy Award nominations, two Golden Globes and a SAG Award. You may think it would be easy for Laura, 55, to choose her proudest career moment because of this, right? Well, you’d be wrong.

“I don’t know,” the Tales of the City star exclusively tells Closer Weekly at the 2019 Tony Awards on Sunday, June 9. “I think it’s that I don’t look at it as a career. I think that’s probably it. That I’ve been able to sort of navigate my way through it without thinking of it as a career.”

As for her thought process behind this, Laura — who pretended to have a feud with fellow actress Audra McDonald during this year’s show — says she sees acting more as “a vocation.”

“You know, you can choose the prism which you look through, you know, a life in the arts,” the mom-of-one explains. “You have to be careful about how you define yourself and those around you and remember why you do it and what gives it the power and the magic that’s in there. You can send that our pretty fast if all you’re thinking about is yourself.”

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As for what’s next for the four-time Tony nominee, she is set to star in a one-woman production of My Name Is Lucy Barton. Laura will take her bow in the  — which is based on the novel of the same name by Elizabeth Strout — when it arrives on Broadway in January 2020. Perhaps this will be the role that helps this celebrated performer win a Tony.

“It was just something I was invited to do,” Laura notes frankly. “It’s a one-woman show which is just a terrifying, terrifying thing to do and it’s wonderful people, so I’d be a fool to say no.”

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