Bomb Girls, the Second World War show set in a munitions factory, picked up a Canadian Screen Awards nomination for best dramatic series. Zoomer recently chatted with 52-year-old Canadian actress Meg Tilly about her comeback on Global’s hit show and her early career working with Hollywood heavyweights like Jack Nicholson and Colin Firth.
When you think about it, there’s really no explaining Meg Tilly’s career. The Canadian actress began acting in her early 20s and by age 25 had earned an Oscar nomination for her starring turn in Norman Jewison’s Agnes of God. She appeared in a number of films alongside Hollywood heavyweights Jack Nicholson, Glenn Close and Jeff Goldblum among others.
Then, in the late 1980s, with her star on the rise, she walked away from it all, choosing to raise her three kids (one of whom she had with The King’s Speech star Colin Firth) far away from Tinseltown. For more than two decades, she stayed out of the limelight, playing the part of dutiful mom while writing books for young adults on the side. Now, with the kids all grown up and thanks to some encouragement from her sister, actress Jennifer Tilly, she’s decided to get back into the acting game. And, wouldn’t you know it, at age 52, her first major project back – the Global Television show Bomb Girls, about a group of Canadian women working in a munitions factory during the Second World War – is a hit. It’s almost as if she never left.
“I know. It’s crazy. I don’t know. I just got lucky,” was Tilly’s response, followed by her infectious laugh, when, after noting the chronology above, I asked her “Who’s ever done that?”
We met on a drab December afternoon late last year in the living room of Lorna Corbett, Tilly’s Bomb Girls character. Costumed in an ankle-length blue dress, she settled in on a couch wrapped in plastic (as the grandchild of Italian immigrants, this made me feel right at home) and discussed her career resurgence, Bomb Girls, memorable co-stars, and coming to terms with the abuse she suffered in her youth.
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