During an appearance on "Live! With Kelly and Michael," Bening said she enjoyed the "raw portraits" taken by painter and photographer Chuck Close.
"He's one of the greatest artists in history," she said. "And I knew if it was Chuck Close, he makes amazing portraits so once you're asked to do something for Chuck Close, then you just say, 'I'll be there.' That's how I felt. He's an amazing human being and a great artist. So it was really a thrill."
"Getting all dressed up and putting on fancy clothes. All of that's a great thing but oddly, it doesn't really have a lot to do with acting most of the time," she said. And a lot of the things, we're peeling, hopefully, layers away and showing something that's inside, hopefully, that people can relate to in a story so it's more akin to what we do a lot of the time."
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