It isn't everyday girls look up to a 60-year-old woman, but that isn't the case for Brothers and Sisters star Sally Field. Thanks to her role as matriarch Nora Walker, she's been doing her best to be a sort of role model for women of all ages. Mostly mothers, but she isn't picky when it comes to fans.
"The first thing older mothers say when they meet me is just how much they enjoy the show," Sally Field told the UK's Daily Record. "The women my age who watch it love it because the show is about them. It's about being the mother of grown-ups. They don't really get to tune into anything else on TV, or see films they can relate to, so it's great to see their lives portrayed on Brothers & Sisters."
It's definitely a source of pride for Sally Field to be playing a mother on television, since she's already a mother and a grandmother in real life. That's how she relates to her character, as well as how others see the Walker mother.
"Nora and I are very close in terms of worrying about our kids," the 62-year-old veteran actress said. "Their problems are your problems. You have to constantly say to yourself, 'You know what? It's their life.' Parenting and grandparenting are very linked, I think. So many times I find myself, as Nora does, worried about my son because he's worried about his child."
Nora these days is busy with a new romance Simon (played by Jon Tenney), and delving into these storylines is a true achievement for Sally Field. "It certainly feels an honour to portray this woman when there are so few places for 60-year-olds to see stories that might relate to them."
The award-winning star went on: "All around the world, there are women in their 60s caring for the children and wondering how they are going to move on. They are all facing the same problems. Am I still attractive? Am I old? It's a privilege to be able to explore that for them."