Marisa Tomei: ‘I regret playing movie moms’

Marisa Tomei

Oscar winner Marisa Tomei regrets playing moms on the big screen because now she’s bombarded with scripts for maternal roles.

The actress portrayed Peter Parker’s aunt in the latest run of Spider-Man movies and in her new film, The King of Staten Island, she’s playing Pete Davidson’s mother but she admits ‘movie mom’ wasn’t something she wanted on her resume.

Marisa, who isn’t a mother in real life, tells Collider, “I really regret starting down this road and I really regret starting to do that. I was, you know, talked into it… that change, and I really always felt like, ‘Oh, I could play a lot of things’. Honestly, it’s (playing a mom) probably more of a stretch than other things…

“I think every actor and actress has a lot of dimensions to them and if the scope of what is being written and being made is narrow, and you want to keep working, you do what you can. I tried it. It was maybe not the right road, but you know, I do try to make the most of it.”

Asked what roles she’d like to be offered, the My Cousin Vinny star says, “(I’d like to play) the femme fatale, and (be) in a (film) noir. I still think there are other aspects of even romantic comedies. I really love them, but you know really at a screwball level. There’s so many roles.”