Teri Hatcher’s mean struggle

Teri Hatcher found it “difficult to be mean” while working on ‘Coraline’.

According to director Henry Selick, the ‘Desperate Housewives’ star could not bring herself to shout at her on-screen daughter Dakota Fanning – even though the pair were only voicing characters for the animated adventure.

He said: “Teri’s fantastic. She has a lot of range. The main thing with Teri was that it was difficult for her to be mean, because she has a great daughter and could never be that way to her own daughter.”

In the family adventure animation – which stars Dakota as the title character – Teri voiced the role of Coraline’s mother and her evil alter-ego Other Mother.

Despite struggling with the role initially, Henry – who also directed ‘James and the Giant Peach’ and ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ – says Teri quickly settled into the part.

He explained: “She was ready to take charge of the Other Mother at her most wicked and most evil. I think that was the most fun for her.”

Meanwhile, Henry was also impressed with 15-year-old Dakota’s professionalism.

He added to DigitalSpy: “I met with her one-on-one and it was fantastic – a young girl pulling at her hair and acting like a kid but talking like a seasoned pro. She brings an incredible range in her performance and believability. She’s very likeable without being sickly sweet and also very inspirational to the animators.” [SOURCE]

By Hayley on May 12, 2009 under Teri Hatcher0 comments

Teri Hatcher: I’m a Mother First

It’s hard to imagine Desperate Housewives without Teri Hatcher, which may be why her role as Susan Mayer has earned her a Golden Globe and SAG Award as well as an Emmy nomination.

Now Hatcher is getting the chance to fulfill her dream of being in an animated film. She provides the voices of the mothers – from real to evil – in the 3D version of Coraline, based on the award-winning horror novella and directed by Henry Selick [ The Nightmare Before Christmas].

Q: All of the mothers in Coraline have their faults. How would you rate yourself as a mother?

A: I think I’m really good. I’ve made a lot of career sacrifices and relationship sacrifices in order to make my daughter a priority — to be there to be able to give her what I think she needs and what we need together. I will never be sorry for that a day in my life. That’s the most important thing I’ve ever done and the most important thing I ever will do. Continue…

By Hayley on February 04, 2009 under Teri Hatcher3 comments

Teri Hatcher on Coraline

Teri Hatcher takes a break from Wisteria Lane and enters the visually spectacular world of Henry Selick (The Nightmare Before Christmas) in Focus Features’ 3D stop-motion film Coraline. The movie is based on Neil Gaiman’s internationally best-selling children’s book which is about a little girl named Coraline who crawls through a secret door she finds while exploring her new home. She meets her “other mother,” who is a version of her “real mother,” but only better – or so she thinks until she realizes the dangerous consequences she will face if she stays and leaves her family.

Q: Is this the first time you’ve done voice over work and how challenging is it when you can’t use any physicality?
Teri Hatcher: It is my first animated movie. I’ve always wanted to be in an animated movie and I never dreamed I’d get to be in this level of artistry. I’ve always been a huge fan of Henry’s [Selick] and Neil Gaiman. On top of it all, I got to play these three different levels of people. Interestingly enough when you go in to do your first animated movie I think you imagine you’re going to pull out every accent you ever worked on as a child and every silly cartoon voice you ever imagined making up and Henry had such this imaginative visual thing happening in his mind of how the look of the movie was going to be so he really wanted the voices behind it to be seemingly real, even to the point where you didn’t go, “Oh I hear Dakota Fanning. Oh I Teri Hatcher.” It ended up in a way similar what you would do with any acting job that you would try to find the sort of motivation, the needs, the desires, the situation of who these three people were and what they wanted and what they needed. Then you sort of distill it all down into your voice. Physically I think for the “real mom” I had sort of a posture. Everybody thinks, “Oh you go work on an animated movie and you get to wear jeans and no makeup with your hair in a ponytail” which is true, but for me I still kind of put my hair up in a frumpy way and stood slumpier so that I felt heavy and exhausted to find that voice. The “other mother” was much more postured and mannered so there was still physicality to it although you’re not in front of a live camera.

By Hayley on February 01, 2009 under Teri Hatcher2 comments

Teri Hatcher’s New Man: Jack The Bulldog

With the fifth annual Puppy Bowl set for Sunday, it seems like celebs everywhere are going to the dogs.

“I got a new dog,” “Desperate Housewives” star Teri Hatcher revealed to Access Hollywood’s Billy Bush on Friday. “I got an American bulldog named Jack I rescued.”

And while the single actress told Billy that she’s dating, it’s Jack who’s been sharing her bed.

“He’s not a big shedder,” she said. “But he does snore. I have to wear earplugs when he sleeps with me.”

The bulldog is the latest addition to the Hatcher home, which also includes two more dogs, three cats, a bunny, two birds and a horse.

“You’re the animal lady!” Billy told her.

“It was so funny,” Teri said. “My daughter wanted me to get another cat. I said, ‘Honey, we can’t have four cats, then I’m like the crazy single lady with all the cats.’ And she goes, ‘No, Mom, that’s five. Five is when you become the crazy single cat lady.’”

And while Teri said she’s not looking for any more pets, it’s the pets who come to her.

“I can’t say no,” she said.

By Hayley on February 01, 2009 under Teri Hatcher1 comment

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