Jennifer Connelly is Hollywoods quiet achiever. From her breakout role in Labyrinth alongside David Bowie to her Oscar winning performance in A Beautiful Mind the actor has led a largely elusive life off camera. Now the celebrated star and mother of three steps back into the spotlight for her latest film Maverick the long-awaited Top Gun sequel. In our July issue of marie claire Australia the cover star reveals her challenging rise to the top and the close knit family she has built with Paul Bettany.Thrust into the spotlight as a model at age 10 Connellys start in the industry was far from her childhood dream job. That was not my idea. I was very shy. And it was not something that I ever would have thought of doing. Mum kind of got me into that says Connelly.
Performing from such a young age it kind of has an impact on the way one grows up and develops. Theres a lot of personal exposure you are putting yourself in a film you are the product. And if thats something that is not initiated by oneself as a kid I am sure you can imagine it can be a little uncomfortable. After four decades experience I wonder how she feels towards her profession. Is it better for actresses in the industry? I think that the work environment has definitely changed for the better she replies. Thats great thats fantastic. Theres a lot more awareness sensitivity and focus on roles for women which is wonderful. Theres probably still more work to do but we are definitely moving in the right direction.So is it safer for women on sets now? Thats what I was referring to she continues. I think its hugely different from when I was a youth.
But its hard for me to say because I am now 51. So I am treated differently on a movie set by virtue of my age at this point. But for example shooting intimate scenes the director would say in the past OK heres the thing and close set and roll cameras and you guys just go for it. They were not even treated as scenes. Now there are intimacy coordinators who mediate and make sure everyone is comfortable. Despite her difficult start as a young actor in Hollywood in the early 2000s Connelly finally found her groove and love. During the filming of A Beautiful Mind the actor first met her now husband Paul Bettany. At the time she and Bettany were in other relationships and kept a respectful distance. Six months later they were together though did not reunite on screen until 2009s Charles Darwin drama about their collaborations.