Toni Collette On Making A Home In New York

Toni Collette On Making A Home In New York

Emmy award-winning actress Toni Collette joins Billy Bush and Kit Hoover on Access Hollywood Live to talk about her new movie, “Lucky Them,” and her Broadway role in “The Realistic Joneses.” How does she describe her “Lucky Them” character? Plus, she recently relocated her family to New York; does she feel like a full-fledged New Yorker yet? “Lucky Them” is in select theaters now and Toni’s Broadway run in “The Realistic Joneses” ends July 6.

Okay. Matthew smith's music is unique in that it was a blend -- Cut! What is that? Is that like music? That's what I do. Toni Collette. He stars on Broadway. Welcome Toni Collette. Thank you. I'm happy to be here. How are you doing? I'm good. How are you? Are you afledged new Yorker now? No. I think it will be a little over a year, an unforgettable year. Do you think you'll stay? No. I know that I won't. I really do live in Australia. I move around a lot. It so happens that I have had a couple of jobs and now doing Broadway which is amazing. The weather could be a little bit more like Australia. What's your favorite thing about New York? Is it food, is it the people? The people are bossy and upfront. I can appreciate that. I'm enjoying the river. In past experiences of living in New York, I lived in Manhattan and williamsburg, it's great. How do the kids like new York? We're a team so as long as we're together. My daughter goes to school in Brooklyn heights and he likes that. Mine love the peanuts on the corner. The hot dogs. I wouldn't go near them. Do your kids eat street meat? When you put it like that. I don't think I've sunk my teeth into the street meat. I have. Brooklyn is unique. I agree. I was an east coast correspondent years ago and I would be on the street and anyone from Brooklyn loves to get behind the camera and yell Brooklyn. They don't do it anywhere else, it's just Brooklyn. Good people though, right? Really great. I'm loving it. We ride our bikes everywhere, it's great. Lucky them, you're a rock journalist looking for this reclusive rocker but you're a serial dater of musicians. Is that accurate? I think my character is interested in sleeping with people that there would be nothing further to occur with them. Like she's avoiding reality. She's a music critic and she's really bad at her job, kind of a functioning alcoholic. Her boss threatens her and says you've got to write a good story and wants her to write a story about a musician who went missing ten years ago. This musician happens to be the guy she was in love with. It's very confronting and it's also about letting go and moving on. It's a really funny in a heart filled way. In real life you're married to a rock star. I don't know if he's a rock star. He's a rock star. Okay, he would love that. Is that interesting that you took this role because of that? Music is a huge part of my life. I've written music and made music and being on tour I have musician friends and my husband is a musician. I just wanted to make sure that this world that she's involved in was true and didn't feel corny with some kind of weird investigation of the music scene. And it isn't. It's set in Seattle and it's very much Seattle and it honors that world. But ultimately it's a story about a real woman. I found it great to see a character like this who is totally recognizable and human and flawed. Looked like you were driving a bus there. Is there a road trip to find this recluse? He plays this kind of music. We're not really friends and he's determined to become friends and he's kind of affluent with not much to do and he decides he wants to take a documentary film making class and focus on me trying to find this lost love of my life. He decides to get an R.V. Because he thinks all movies have those. It's really funny. We head out and kind of drive into my character's past. What was the budget for this movie? It's a small one of those passion projects, right? Absolutely. But it was the most incredible experience and the story itself was so wonderful and it's so charming and funny. I loved working in Seattle. I hadn't spent time there at all really and it has such a great sense of community and our crew was incredible. I mentioned Thomas Hayden church and Johnny Depp. Toni Collette, thank you so much.