Sigourney Weaver Says She Has No Plans to Retire From Acting

The iconic and beloved actress, Sigourney Weaver, claims she isn’t done with Hollywood and won’t be stopping anytime soon. The 72-year-old has been a part of countless blockbuster hits across her illustrious career, which includes nearly 70 feature films. She appeared in Alien in 1979 by director Ridley Scott before following that with Ghostbusters, Gorillas in the Mist, and Avatar, to name a few. Weaver has received three Oscar nominations; however, she’s yet to take home the coveted award.

The actress spoke with Elizabeth Banks in Interview Magazine and discussed the future of her career. When Banks alludes to Weaver’s future goals, the actress ensures everyone knows retirement is not on the horizon. “I would hope not, because I probably enjoy it more now than ever. I’m fine that I might be the oldest person on the set.” She continues, “Yes, I always have to go through a period of, ‘Oh my god, it’s happening again. But then, I get the joy and the explosion of letting this person out to live. And it’s the most exhilarating thing in the world.”

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Of course, Weaver is set to star in a new role in the highly anticipated Avatar: The Way of Water, releasing this December. However, the actress has multiple projects in the pipeline outside of James Cameron’s sequel.

“What I’m really excited about this year is that with five things coming out, I’m able to see what’s important to me as an artist: this transformation physically from one character to another, from one situation to another. It’s much more important to me to have had these opportunities than to hold a statuette in my hand. I think what we get envious of is not the award, but the fact that another actor got a chance to play this fabulous woman or man, and the fact that it’s your community saying, ‘Okay, this was a good one.’ I think that’s really precious. But we have to train ourselves not to think about these things.”

Weaver is set to star in Call Jane alongside Banks, following a married woman with an unwanted pregnancy who lives in a time in America where she can’t get a legal abortion, so she works with a group of suburban women to find the help she desperately seeks. Call Jane arrives in theaters on Oct. 28 this year.

Weaver Returns to Pandora

Avatar: The Way of Water

Avatar: The Way of Water is the long-awaited sequel to James Cameron’s 2009 film, Avatar. The movie follows Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) as he lives with his newfound family formed on the planet of Pandora. However, once a familiar threat returns to finish what was previously started, Jake and the army of the Na’vi race fight to protect their planet.

Weaver will be in a new role as Jake and Neytiri’s daughter, Kiri. She’s joined by Michelle Yeoh, Zoe Saldana, Kate Winslet, Jermaine Clement, Oona Chaplin, Giovanni Ribisi, and Stephen Lang. Avatar: The Way of Water is soaring into theaters this winter on Dec. 16. If you need to catch up on all things in the world of Pandora, the original Avatar is returning to theaters for a re-release with improved visuals on Sept. 23.