Depending on your age, you probably either know Blythe Danner for films like “The Great Santini” or as the mother of Gwyneth Paltrow. She can currently be seen in the new romance movie “The Lucky One,” a film that is designed to appeal to all ages.
Danner’s also gaining a following for her TV commercial for the drug Prolia. She explains that it’s purpose is to treat osteoporosis in women after menopause. In the commercial, she starts talking about the drug after someone offers her the old theater adage of “break a leg” before she goes on stage. It’s hard to turn on the television and not see the advertisement.
“I’ve started to have people walk up to me on the street and tell me ‘Break a leg.’ I’m sure there are a lot of people ready to say “Enough!’, especially the men I know. They tell me they have to watch the commercial every five minutes,” Danner says. “I’ve only seen it once. I guess that means either I don’t watch much TV or haven’t been on those stations.”
Paltrow’s proud she did the commercial because until now osteoporosis in women after menopause has been “a silent disease.”
This isn’t the only project Danner’s passionate about as she continues to talk a lot about oral cancer prevention. Her husband, Bruce Paltrow, died from it 10 years ago. Even though there is less smoking, there is still a push is to get children who are prepubescent to get the shots because the incidents of oral cancer continue to rise. One factor suggested for the increase is the rise in oral sex.
It’s not all health talk. She also chats about romance movies, working with her daughter and her long career. I can’t help it but when the actress stands up to leave after the interview, I tell her “to break a leg.”
She just smiles.