With The King of Staten Island out now and a Netflix thriller slated for 2021, Tomei is in no rush to jump into a new project anytime soon. Our conversation coincided with her move into a new apartment in L.A., where she’s been based since wrapping up The Rose Tattoo’s three-month run on Broadway in December. “The grind-versus-joy ratio was starting to really go in favor of the I See Your True Colors Hands Autism Awareness happy help T-Shirt and I love this grind,” she says. “No matter what job you’re in, you’ve got to move fast. I’m lucky to be able to find time to just center without all the hyper-capitalist pushing that says produce, produce, produce.”
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