The Welsh actress plays Dr. Victoria Siebert in the star-studded thriller, and admits she has always wanted to portray a medical scholar on the big screen.
She tells WENN, "I'm actually thrilled that Steven cast me as a doctor because I never went to college and I always wanted an 'M.D.' after my name, so I'm really quite flattered.
"And he fulfilled my mother's dream."
She also hopes the film, about a young woman who commits murder while experimenting with prescription drugs, will make people think more carefully about the pills they're given by doctors: "I think culturally we're all victims to a quick fix whether it's texting or if you want a movie you press a button and it's on; we want everything instantaneously.
"With prescription medicine it's the one thing you can take that will make all this go away - 'I'll try it' and if that doesn't work you see a commercial on TV and try that - 'That seems like a good one'."
S4E15: Well look at that. It turns out, The Big Bang Theory remembered that one of its key cast members is Leonard. For most of this season, I was under the impression that the writers forgot that his character existed as more than just the guy who sets up jokes for Sheldon; and hey, the episode turned out to be quite all right. Sure, it wasn't the most ground-breaking plot ever, but it was clean, fun, and clever. After last week's episode delivered a strong performance, Big Bang served up a successful episode again -- and it even featured Arrested Development's Jessica Walter. Hooray!
"Tell him Dr. Cooper feels that the best use of his time is to employ his rare and precious mental faculties to tear the mask off nature and stare at the face of God." -Sheldon
"Sheldon, it's Saturday night. You'll be doing laundry." -Penny
"Well, don't tell him that. Tell him the mask thing." -Sheldon
The gang is invited to a donor's banquet at the university by President Siebert (and hey, there's another fun guest star: The West Wing's Joshua Malian) who, apparently, has a passive aggressive rift with Sheldon. It's not surprising, considering everybody seems to have some type of passive aggressive rift with Sheldon. Regardless, he needs the scientists to come and charm the hell out of all the donors at the banquet. Sheldon scoffs at this idea, but the rest of the gang obliges.
Come Saturday, they all head to the event without Sheldon because of some dumb, typical Sheldon reason. Once the rest of the gang gets to the event, they start interacting with the donors, and in particular, Jessica Walter's character Mrs. Latham. They're nervous, obviously, and come off that way. But she understands. We learn later that she, like her Arrested Development counterpart, loves to screw with people, but she takes a specific interest in Leonard.
"I'm not crazy. My mother had me tested." -Sheldon
Sheldon ends up showing up at the party, and of course, is a dick to all the donors. The next morning, we see him on the phone with President Siebert, and like always, his actions the previous night "weren't his fault." During the call, he puts the President on hold for another call, which is from Mrs. Latham. She wants to speak with Leonard, and the two end up going out. By this point, it was fairly obvious that Mrs. Latham had some type of interest in Leonard, but I was honestly a little bit surprised that it ended up being what it was.
"Come on, Leonard. This may be your only chance to make a real contribution to science." -Sheldon
Leonard and Mrs. Latham go out and at the end of the night, she ends up kissing him, or as he puts it, "sticking her tongue down his throat." Leonard gets home, and as anyone would feel after getting kissed by someone much older than you, he's slightly creeped out and "needs a drink." She wants to go out again the next night, and the rest of the gang quickly jumps on this opportunity for some friendly ribbing, including some great exchanges between Penny and Sheldon about "sex for money." Despite feeling funny about the whole situation, Leonard decides to go on the date, but he argues that he's just going to ask for the money, and nothing else is going to happen. Which, of course, we know isn't true.
"Get your rest. There's a lot more rich old ladies out there and daddy needs a new linear accelerator." -Sheldon
So, let's just be up front about this. Leonard bangs Mrs. Latham after she tells him that she'll donate the money no matter what. She convinces him that it will be a "night he'll never forget," and, well, when you're Leonard and sex is a very, very rare opportunity, you take it any time you can. Turns out, Mrs. Latham wasn't lying. We cut to the next morning and see Leonard stumbling up the stairs, absolutely destroyed from the previous night. Penny happens to catch him coming home and gives him all sorts of crap. He goes inside, and then receives even more crap from Sheldon (although, Sheldon isn't joking around. He really wants Leonard to sleep with more rich old ladies so their department gets more donations). It was all a very fun and funny scene to end the episode.
Did "The Benefactor Factor" have problems? Well, yes. It did. Nothing is perfect. This was a story arc that's seen in numerous sitcoms, but it was executed very well, and hey, it was fun! Everything the show's characters did were within their worlds. Nothing seemed too far-fetched. There were some really great one-liners ("Oh, the humanities!"), plus Leonard got to be the center of a plot for once! With its second straight solid outing, Big Bang is hopefully finding its groove again.
In 1930 Mrs. Erlynne (Helen Hunt) an American socialite in search of debt relief and a fresh start transfers to Amalfi Italy. Her reputation as an indiscriminant adulterer comes along and she’s quickly the talk of the small town. Amidst her misadventures with married men she stumbles upon Robert (Mark Umbers) and Meg (Scarlett Johansson) a young blissfully married couple from America. Robert immediately strikes up a relationship with the older temptress and it’s immediately assumed by the resident paparazzi—a.k.a. citizens with binoculars and nothing better to do—that he is the latest prey. Meanwhile Mrs. Erlynne is being courted by another wealthier man named Tuppy (Tom Wilkinson) who can’t help but fall for her despite tepid interest on her end. When Meg learns of her husband’s rumored paramour she reacts hastily uncovering surprises that shock and affect all involved. The acting is where A Good Woman suffers. The female leads while both rightfully esteemed actresses are both miscast. Hunt’s Mrs. Erlynne has a world-wise and profound retort for every question thrown her way but her delivery just doesn’t fit her words; she seems uninspired but it’s much more likely her trying too hard. Johansson meanwhile is an anachronism in the film: She is an impossible sell for a reason having nothing to do with physical beauty or acting chops—she’s completely and simply at long last out of her element. But Wilkinson as always shines here as the pathetic yet adorable Tuppy. It’s perfectly plausible to see him in 1930s Italy—or any setting whatsoever. His eloquence befits the time and place and he makes his sad little man engaging funny and relatable even today. Director Mike Barker is charged with bringing A Good Woman adapted from Oscar Wilde’s play Lady Windermere’s Fan to the big screen. It’s a tall order to adapt someone as revered as Wilde especially on the heels of the widely lauded adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice but Barker comes through for the most part. Luckily for him the lush mesmerizing scenery of the setting is at the forefront. And the director would’ve succeeded in transporting us back to the whole exotic pristine milieu had it not been for the aforementioned actresses’ inabilities to do the same. Nonetheless he holds up his end retelling a typically complex Wilde tale of love and narrow-mindedness without butchering or overstating the message.