Mary-Bonner Baker is one of the most outstanding new leading ladies who has arrived in Hollywood in years. Every once in a while, there is a standout performance or a striking beauty, who is not only just a pretty face, but a smart actor who knows the nuances of what makes someone a star in Hollywood. Texas-born stunner Mary Baker is just that woman, who is the younger version of Meryl Streep, and a slightly older version of Natalie Portman, all rolled into one spectacular actress.
The woman who, with one pivotal scene, became a breakout star in the film “Charlie Wilson’s War” in 2007 also lavishes praise on that film’s co-star Tom Hanks. “I was on the set for three weeks and he’s the most gracious man. I was in heaven watching this film be made and I still cannot believe I was lucky enough to be part of such a great movie. The young actress did actually meet the real Texas Congressman Charlie Wilson, as she spent a major part of her youth growing up in and around Washington, D.C. Now the blonde beauty has just completed yet another political role, starring in filmmaker Arman Cole’s short-film titled “Spring Without Sun.” This is a must-see film that will make you think about politics and how its an industry that can create splendor or pain.
Mary Bonner is the daughter of the former Secretary of State James Baker and bestselling author Susan Garrett Baker. Being part of one of the most distinguished political families in the nation and having to be around politicians is nothing new for the actress. Her father worked for both Presidents Ronald Reagan and George Herbert Walker Bush in various positions within their administrations. This helps make Mary Bonner-Baker the perfect actress to play in high stakes political dramas on screen. The Princeton University graduate finds her current role even more fascinating than her previous political acting parts. “This role is about a male politician who is a state legislator in Texas, who has a secret affair with a male staffer, and it is revealed during a political campaign. I play the campaign manager, and lets just say, my character is not happy about being blindsided with this scandal during the election and she’s equally as angry and mortified by the fact that her own career may go down in flames alongside the politician’s, who she has lots of back story with. They were college friends, and she believed in him and has spent years building up his political stardom, only to see it crumble because of his lack of integrity and honesty. So his betrayal stings on many levels. It was an exciting part to play. We just finished filming last weekend,” said the actress.
“I seem to be coming full circle in my career as far as political roles go, but as an actor I am always happy to be working. Not only did I just complete this wonderful short-film with Arman [Cole] but in addition to “Charlie Wilson’s War,” being a political film, I also worked in “Recount” in 2008, which aired on HBO,” said the star. Though politics was not her choice, acting was. It seems her family’s esteemed past has given her the edge over competing actresses who may not understand the inside facts in politics.
Other acting roles include parts in the television shows “The Agency” and HBO’s “Big Love.” The talented actress has recently completed filming of “The Big Valley,” which is currently one of the most anticipated films about to hit theaters in 2011. Mary has many great roles as an actress in her future, but she doesn’t want to let go of another passion she has, that of writing. “I love acting and I love working on screen and on stage, however, writing is also something I enjoy doing. Success as an actor takes perseverance. There are times you just ask yourself, if it’s all worth it, then you realize it is. However, when it comes to writing, you realize unlike acting, that you are the creator, that it is your view being made with the story. When you are acting, you are helping to create the writer’s vision of the world. It’s all interesting and very exciting and I’m glad to be doing what I love doing most,” concluded the star.
Mary-BonnerBaker is a name we’ll all hear more of in the coming months and years, and her beautiful face is destined to be splashed across the priciest section of Sunset Boulevard’s skyline. With such strong family values, innate talent as an actress and writer and such striking beauty, she’s on track to becoming the next Loretta Young in Hollywood.
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Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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