Shirley’s Thatcher inspiration

Former Garbage singer Shirley Manson says she took inspiration from Margaret Thatcher and actress Glenn Close for her new role in US TV series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.”

“I thought a lot about Glenn Close in Damages because I thought she’s very threatening,” the Scottish star told Access Hollywood.

“She’s very powerful in that television show and her performance is incredible. And I think it’s rare when you see a woman on screen, where you truly believe she is capable [of committing] unworldly deeds, and also, for some inexplicable reason, I also thought of Margaret Thatcher.”

In the series, Shirley stars as CEO Catherine Weaver and also ‘bad terminator’ T-1000 who hunts for the Connor family. It is her first formal acting role.

“Thatcher was really a very powerful and [a] seemingly unassailable character when I was growing up,” said Shirley.

“I really didn’t think very kindly of her, so I thought she was really someone who was a great inspiration for a CEO of a company, who wasn’t the kindest and warmest of hearts. And so I looked her up on YouTube. My performance is nothing like these two characters, but they certainly informed me.”

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