We talk often of longevity in actors, but it’s almost always the result of hardheadedness—Tom Cruise finding new ways to do Tom Cruise things, even as the times change—or a slow slide into supporting work. Laura Dern has, over the years, become a bigger and bigger star, but there isn’t one role, or type of role, or even a style of performance one can point to as the reason for her decades-long success. She doesn’t even insist on being the star. She has played lawyers, drug addicts, documentarians, and jingle-contest winners. She has appeared in small dramas and wild satires. She was chased by dinosaurs for Steven Spielberg and sacrificed herself for the Rebel Alliance in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. And she has been David Lynch’s go-to actor for more than three decades.
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