You’ll be seeing a lot of Minnie Driver these days. The Good Will Hunting actress has her own show About A Boy on NBC. It’s based on the 1998 novel of the same title by Nick Hornby. (There was a movie, too, starring Hugh Grant and Toni Colette.) Driver plays a single mom, a vegan hippie living in San Francisco with her 11-year-old son. Her son befriends their “man-child” neighbor, a successful, carefree songwriter and hijinks ensue. Driver is also starring in the upcoming TV mini-series based on the best-selling novel, The Red Tent by Anita Diamant. Driver plays Leah, first wife of Jacob, mother of six sons and one daughter, Dinah, who’s the star of the show. The Red Tent will air on Lifetime, December 7 and 8.
Coming to a theater near you, Minnie Driver will play, once again, a mother. She plays Macy, a brassy stage mother in the upcoming film Beyond the Lights. When her 10-year-old daughter wins second place in a talent contest, she tells the kid to throw away the trophy. “You wanna be a runner-up? Or you wanna be a winner?” When her daughter Noni (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) does reach superstardom she almost attempts suicide. Her mother/manager finds her on the ledge of a hotel balcony but still doesn’t understand why her daughter doesn’t want the fame, the success. Beyond the Lights, written and directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood (Love & Basketball) will be in theaters November 14.