“I am so lucky that I was raised by actors, because what I got used to in childhood was the ebb and flow of career,” says Laura Dern. The two-time Oscar nominee has spent her entire life on movie sets; the daughter of actors Bruce Dern and Diane Ladd, she’s worked in front of the camera for close to four decades. “There are these moments when you are working like crazy or have the opportunity to do something you’ve never done. And a time when you’re not working and you’re trying to figure out what creative passions there are in your life other than being an actor.”

Given her take on acting careers, 2017 is shaping up to be quite the tsunami, with Dern appearing in sitcoms, critically acclaimed prestige dramas, Sundance indies, a highly anticipated TV revival, and one of the biggest blockbuster franchises in Hollywood history. But whether Dern is acting in “Star Wars” for director Rian Johnson or sparring with Kristen Wiig on “The Last Man on Earth,” she’s driven by a desire to use her creative outlook to speak about life’s bigger questions. She makes this clear as she surveys her New York City hotel room after having enjoyed, as she puts it, a princess-for-a-night experience at the Met Gala the prior evening. “I feel like the good fortune of careers that are about voice is that we get the privilege of figuring out what we want to say with what we get to do. All of that keeps me going and re-energizes me in new ways depending on what’s happening in our culture.”

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