R.I.P Ronnie Driver – my thoughts are with Minnie and her family.
Minnie Driver has lost her father to a massive heart attack at age 87. Ronnie Driver, an enigmatic character was described in a Daily Mail obituary-styled column this way: ‘[He was] the Swansea boy from a terrace house whose charm and entrepreneurial skills led him to become a major figure in the financial markets, dispensing advice to the Queen and Queen Mother and giving a job on his board to Prince Michael of Kent.’ Driver, who has been at work on The Deep with fellow UK actor, James Nesbitt, broke off filming the BBC drama in Scotland to fly to his side. Minnie and her older sister Kate, who were the daughters of his mistress and kept secret from Driver’s wife for many years, were able to say their last good byes, the newspaper reported. A friend said of the former insurance mogul who lost his fortune in the 1990s: ‘He was one of those rare people of whom you can truly say, ‘They don’t make them like that any more.’ He was one of the most charismatic, generous and charitable people you could meet.’ Driver was a friend of Sir Michael Caine and the Duchess of York. His funeral is expected to reflect his well-connectedness in its guests and is set to take place at St Paul’s, Knightsbridge.
|Minnie Driver and James Nesbitt have been cast in BBC One’s The Deep, it is announced. The five-part thriller, which is written by Simon Donald, follows the crew of an oceanographic submarine as they search the final frontiers of Earth for unknown and remarkable life forms. Set thousands of feet below the Arctic ice, the drama unfolds when the crew find themselves stranded with no power, limited oxygen and no communication with the surface. Controller of BBC drama commissioning Ben Stephenson commented: “Simon Donald’s brilliantly imagined serial The Deep demonstrates my commitment to bringing the best work by the best writers to BBC One and the international talent signed up are further testament to the quality of the scripts.”|
Proceeds from the auction benefit Clothes Off Our Back’s charities including Feeding America, The Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA, Malaria No More and Hope North.
|Minnie Driver will guest-star in an upcoming episode of Modern Family, TVGuide.com has confirmed. The 39-year-old actress will play Claire’s friend and former co-worker who she hasn’t seen in years. She previously appeared as a guest star on a sitcom playing Karen’s nemesis on Will & Grace. Driver, who received an Academy Award nomination for her performance in 1997’s Good Will Hunting, also starred in FX’s The Riches. Other guest stars coming to the new ABC comedy include Benjamin Bratt, Elizabeth Banks and Edward Norton. Driver’s episode will air in January.|
New pictures of Minnie looking beautiful as ever at the 18th Annual BAFTA-LA Britannia Awards.18th Annual BAFTA-LA Britannia Awards
|As you can see we now have a new layout up. I was so tired of the previous one and wanted to put on my touch on the site (about time) so made this gorgeous layout. I really hope you all like it as much as I do. Stay tuned for more Minnie related updates.|
|Actress MINNIE DRIVER no longer has time to enjoy the simple things in life – because her one-year-old son has rocked her world like an “insane earthquake”. The Good Will Hunting star welcomed her firstborn Henry last year (08), and admits her life has completely changed since the tot arrived. And the Brit even feels guilty while reading parenting tips online – because she feels she ought to use that time to look after her child. She tells Britain’s Daily Express newspaper, “Reading about somebody else’s tough experiences of being a mother, you’re suddenly like, ‘My God, I’ve got a kid and I don’t have time to read this. I’ve got to go do it.’ “There’s no time. If he’s sleeping, I’m trying to sleep and when you’re breast feeding you’re the milk machine. “There’s no time to pick up the guitar, much less go out for a walk or have a beer. The first year of Henry’s life has been just an insane earthquake for me.”|
Minnie Driver didn’t have to research her role as a pregnant mom in Motherhood. Driver was expecting a baby when she signed for the comedy starring Uma Thurman.
Now, Driver is learning as she goes while raising her son Henry, who spends almost as much time on film sets as his mom.
Parade.com’s Jeanne Wolf found out that Driver had some moments when she thought she’d gone a little too far for her role.
Talk about method acting.
“They needed an actress to play pregnant, but I offered them the real thing. I was so pregnant in this film that I was in a kind of different world. You shouldn’t really be on a film set when you’re that pregnant, you need to be at home with your feet up. I wouldn’t do it again. They took care of me. They were lovely and very sweet, but you should be getting ready for your baby to come and taking it easy, you shouldn’t be out making movies.”
Getting ready to become a mom.
“I’ve been around kids my whole life. My sister has three children and it’s like I knew what it was like. But, honestly, my mind was just on the impending birth and the immediate future. Having a little baby is very different than dealing with your kids when they’re older. You’re not juggling school schedules and stuff. I’m sure that all will come, but the first year of Henry’s life has been just an insane earthquake for me.”
Henry is getting an early introduction to filmmaking.
“Now, I’m back to work and taking him with me on film sets. It was incredibly challenging. The first one I did, Betty Anne Waters with Hilary Swank, when Henry was five months old, was really hard. We were in Michigan in the middle of winter and it was ten below. I was like, ‘What am I doing?'”
Why her recording career has been on hold.
“There’s no time. If he’s sleeping, I’m trying to sleep and when you’re breast feeding, you’re the milk machine. There’s no time to, like, pick up the guitar and write a song, much less go for a walk or have a beer. It’s like, ‘Good luck.’ But I’m going back in the studio and I’m just about to start another record.”
And a special live performance.
“I just came back from Nashville where I played at The Grand Ole Opry. Unbelievable, standing on the stage with Ernest Tubbs, Hank Williams, Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn. It was absolutely daunting.”
What’s on her iPod. “I’ve been listening to this band Delta Spirit, which is on my record label and they are unbelievable. I’ve been listening to a lot of Brandy Carlisle, I think she has one of the most beautiful voices, and Alison Krauss. I could listen to the ‘Alison Krauss Songbook’ forever.” No price is too great to pay to be a mom. “I waited a long time to have children because I had this career that was kind of like my kid, it required as much nurturing and as much attention. Now, I’ve discovered there’s no amount of hassle that could ever be bigger than my love of Henry and the hilarity and joy that he’s brought into my life and continues to bring.” Internet mommy support. “I use the site called ‘Mamapedia’ that’s amazing, where you can ask questions and mothers across America can answer, so you can get maybe ten answers and it’s kind of a cool resource. But sitting down and reading about somebody else’s tough experiences of being a mother, you’re suddenly like, ‘My God, I’ve got a kid and I don’t have time to read about this. I’ve got to go do it.”
Trick or treat. “This Halloween, he’s going to be the Crocodile Hunter and I’m the crocodile. My crocodile head just arrived in the mail. I got Henry a little blond wig because he doesn’t have much hair and he’s going to be Steve Irwin, may he rest in peace.”
An uncertain future. “I always took the best thing that came along. I’ve never had the luxury of being really choosy. I’ve never planned out years in advance the films that I’m going to be making, and nobody was ever structuring the financing of a movie around me. But, good stuff always comes, although it’s a little frustrating not knowing what I’m going to be doing next.”