This likely won't make any other actors feel too great about their prospects, but even Judi Dench says that finding work is tough. And that's after winning an Oscar, becoming a dame and appearing in seven James Bond films. So what hope does the rest of the acting community have?
"I take what's offered. I don't think it gets easier," Dench offers. "It's the same thing with everybody, I think, that you play something, and very often after that you're sent something that is very, very similar to what you've just done. It's the last thing you want to do. I keep saying to my agent, 'Can't you find this play where it's about an Afghan woman who learns to walk the tightrope and then in the last act gets turned into a dragon?'"
While she waits for some enterprising young playwright to craft that exact work for her, she's revisiting some previous work for a sequel to the 2011 surprise hit "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel." And while it might sound surprising for a woman who has played some fairly terrifying and challenging roles, aging expat Evelyn proved to be one of her most difficult — because the character is so close to herself, while she prefers to play people as much removed from her as possible.
"Four years ago, the one thing that worried me was that I used to be made up and get into my clothes and they's say, 'OK, you're ready.' And I'd look into the mirror and I'd think, I don't know where this person is because all I see is me looking exactly like me wearing clothes that I would wear," she admits. "We tried lots of things, like dying my hair, but none of it worked. I just looked ridiculous. So I did find that very, very difficult indeed."