New Martin Sheen interview with The Backlot

TheBacklot: Going into Grace & Frankie, I wasn’t sure how much you and Sam would be involved beyond the jumping off point but your relationship is just as much a part of the show as Grace and Frankie’s.

Martin Sheen: I think that is the foundation, that’s the whole starting point that causes the earthquake, the foundation crumbles when these guys come out and want to live an honest life, so it’s emblematic of what does happen when people decide to come forward and be themselves. It can be very costly but it’s also very rewarding. What I love about the show is that the relationships change and in most cases, they go deeper and more human. I think the relationship with the women, the wives, is not over by a long shot.

On the contrary, it’s a new depth, a new level and a new understanding of each other and a respect, and I think that’s what really makes it that much more interesting to go forward to explore what happens in the second season.


Ethan Embry on Grace and Frankie and Starring in the Movies We Grew Up With

Paste Magazine: So, how did you get cast in Grace and Frankie?
Ethan Embry: I got attached in a pretty typical way with this. They sent out a wide casting net and I had the opportunity to go in there and meet Marta [Kaufmann] and Howard [J. Morris], the showrunners, and do an audition for them. At that point it was Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda and Martin Sheen who were attached, and when you see those names it’s kind of a no brainer.

I went in and did the audition and I got lucky enough to be invited to come play with them. It still is the same sort of “pinch myself” feeling that I get when I think about working with those people.


New Cosmo interview with June Diane Raphael

It’s so lame now to ask a woman about being a woman director or a woman writer or a woman whatever — like we’re past that. Yet there’s obviously some difference or else women wouldn’t be craving better support systems like this.
Well, I think what you’re focusing on is the right thing, which is that there are so many women supporting each other. We’re [normally] set up to compete. What Jessica’s doing with Gloria Sanchez is all about, No, let’s all come up together, there’s room for all of us. It’s not about fighting it out for that guy’s attention. That’s boring to me, that’s not interesting. I’m so excited for this moment in time because we’re going see, and I think Grace and Frankie is a part of this too, we’re going to see different stories. With Grace and Frankie, these women are having full, new chapters at their age, and guess what? They are in their 70s and they’re funny and they’re sexual and they’re smart. Even five years ago, actresses were expected to just walk off into the wilderness after a certain age and never be heard from again. That is exciting to me because I’m headed there, we’re all headed there. I want to be doing a show in my 70s.


11 Reasons “Grace And Frankie” Is The New “Golden Girls”

There will never be another Golden Girls. It was television lightning in a bottle. But the Netflix original series Grace and Frankie sure comes close—a comedy about four older people navigating life and love after 60. And it hits a lot of the same emotional, comedic and dramatic marks as our favorite TV comedy.

Related: Jane Fonda And Lily Tomlin Open Up About “Grace And Frankie”

We’re saying it now: Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Martin Sheen and Sam Waterson are the new Blanche, Dorothy, Rose and Sophia.