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June 24, 2018

In 2004, Holly Hunter punched her way into “The Incredibles,” the Pixar-Disney superhero film that grossed some $630 million worldwide and won an Oscar for best animated feature.

Fourteen years later, she’s back in “Incredibles 2,” now showing to rave reviews, and displaying no signs of wear and tear. As the ultra-bendy, wallop-packing Elastigirl — undercover identity: Helen Parr, wife of Bob and mother of Violet, Dash and Jack-Jack — Ms. Hunter acts and sounds as if all the previous super-excitement happened but a minute ago, in a scenario that picks up where the original film ended. Albeit revved up with an eye-popping costume, a midcentury-modern mansion and an enviably sleek motorcycle.

“Incredibles 2” gives Helen a feminist story line that boots her into the field to fight crime and relegitimize superheroes, while leaving her hubby (Craig T. Nelson) at home to tend to chores and kids. Including their infant’s nascent superpowers.

It also keeps Ms. Hunter — who broke through in 1987 with the Coen brothers’ “Raising Arizona” before winning a 1994 Oscar for “The Piano”; she was also nominated for “Broadcast News,” “The Firm” and “Thirteen” — in the spotlight, to the delight of fans. More recently, she has played the mother of an ailing grad student with a Pakistani-American romantic interest in “The Big Sick,” and a mother embarking on a great experiment with four children of different races, three of them adopted, in HBO’s now-canceled “Here and Now.”

In a phone interview from New York, the famously private Ms. Hunter spoke about Elastigirl’s latest incarnation, the state of her career and a milestone birthday while quipping about her family — “I shall neither confirm nor deny the existence of my children” — and even the neighborhood she lives in. “You can say that I’m moving to St. Marks Place between Second and Third,” she said. “I’m totally kidding but that would be kind of cool advertising. Wow, Hunter’s so hip!”

Read the edited excerpts from this conversation in our press archive.




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