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January 2, 2018

The ‘Big Sick’ actress, who’ll be honored with the career achievement award at the Palm Springs Film Festival on Jan. 2, also reflects on her decades-spanning career and first big break in 1987’s ‘Raising Arizona.’

From Raising Arizona to her Oscar-winning turn in The Piano to the animated film The Incredibles to her latest, the Amazon romantic dramedy The Big Sick, Holly Hunter has offered audiences interpretations of complicated, independent and all-around memorable mothers. The 59-year-old Georgia-born actress (herself a mother of two) will be honored Jan. 2 with the career achievement award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival’s annual star-studded awards gala, which kicks off the 14-day desert oasis event. Ahead of the honor, Hunter, who just nabbed a SAG Award nom for her role in Big Sick, talked to THR about her decades-spanning career, what she still hopes to tackle and what a baby blanket can do for a performance.

What do you consider to be your “big break”?

My big break, probably, obviously, was Raising Arizona. Meeting Joel and Ethan [Coen] in the early ’80s was big. But before that, I met a casting director named Joy Todd at the beginning of my career, and she let me meet people I would not have met otherwise. She aggressively set the ball rolling. She just went, “I am going to help this girl.” She was a real advocate, especially for a 21-year-old just starting out.

If you could, would you revisit any of your films for a sequel?

The movies I have made, I’ve always felt they should be ended. If they do go on, I want it to only be in my mind. I don’t want it to be expressed on film. In a way, I think that is what television is for.

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