Patricia Clarkson has a regal bearing to match the aristocratic nickname she has gained in the movie business: queen of independent film.
"People have given me that title, have bestowed that title on me. I'm honored," Clarkson said in an interview Thursday before accepting an independent acting award from ShoWest, an annual convention for theater owners.
"The independent film community is a powerful community, and if somebody wants to say I'm queen of it, I'm lucky. Very lucky," she said.
Clarkson's latest film is "Whatever Works," her second straight movie with Woody Allen after last year's "Vicky Cristina Barcelona." Screening Thursday at ShoWest, "Whatever Works" stars Larry David as a New Yorker whose change in lifestyle throws him in with a Southern family that includes Clarkson.