Actress Jessica Lange learned some surprising and unexpected news on Monday–Lange was trending on Twitter right alongside the newly unveiled Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as Bruce Jenner. During an interview with the Daily Beast’s Kevin Fallon on an unrelated topic, Jessica found out from Fallon that Caitlyn had tweeted photos from her Vanity Fair cover shoot, which eventually lead to Twitter users sharing their opinions that Jenner resembles Lange in a flattering way. The glamorous Vanity Fair cover marks the first time Caitlyn Jenner has appeared in public as a woman.
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Jessica wasn’t sure what trending on Twitter was all about, so Fallon explained to her what it means when people say a person or topic is “trending.” Lange admitted she isn’t much of an Internet surfer and had a laugh at herself for not knowing what trending means.
“Trending on Twitter because Caitlyn Jenner is on the cover–you see I don’t do any of this stuff, the Internet. So I have no clue when people use this terminology. I have to repeat it to understand.”
Jessica’s reaction to comparisons made between herself and Caitlyn Jenner couldn’t have been more positive though Jessica hadn’t even seen Jenner’s photos yet. Lange said, “Oh, really? That’s so wonderful. Well, now I’m going to have to look for that picture.”
In 2005, Jessica Lange starred in Normal, an HBO movie where she played a woman named Irma who finds out her husband, Roy, is transgender. Lange spoke about the need for compassion and diversity in the world during an interview with HBO at that time.
“The need in this world is for compassion, understanding and tolerance. Tolerance, I mean, probably above all. Allow the diversity to exist. There is nothing wrong with it. Hell, we put up with the religious right–we can put up with transgendered human beings.”
Aside from trending on Twitter, what does Jessica Lange have up her sleeve these days? While the Academy Award-winning actress won’t be returning to American Horror Story this fall much to her fans’ disappointment, she will be reuniting with AHS creator Ryan Murphy to star in his new stage production of Long Day’s Journey into Night.
Vanity Fair reports Lange will play the morphine-addicted matriarch Mary Tyrone. Gabriel Byrne will play her husband and John Gallagher Jr. will play their son Edmund. Long Day’s Journey into Night will open on April 19, 2016 at the American Airlines Theater.
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