TODAY | December 07, 2012
today's forecast: streisand. starring in a new movie called "the guilt trip." and we sat down to talk about that and a lot more. actress.
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>> barbra streisand 's latest project is a window into her most prized and private role, mother.
>> i thought you were seeing that girl with the exotic name.
>> bey thany?
>> in "the guilt trip" co-starring seth rogan streisand is a gap-loving m & m loving devoting new jersey mom who joins her son on a cross- country road trip.
>> mom, get off the freeway!
>> could you relate to joyce? she's so normal and you're barbra streisand .
>> yeah, there's a part of me that's very like joyce. i like to be very comfortable, so i was able to wear sweatsuits and sneakers, you know, and the part of me that really came from brooklyn .
>> you make her really charming and lovable. did you draw on your own experience?
>> oh, of course, always. i always draw on my own experiences, and then my imagination.
>> want to come on my trip with me, mom?
>> you want to drive cross-country with me?
>> streisand and rogan improvised and bonded on a shoot that had them logging many miles in a tiny rental car.
>> it's okay. i picked up a hitch-hiker.
>> ever been on a road trip ?
>> i go on a lot of road trips with my husband.
>> you do?
>> yeah. we bought a truck with a bench seat so you can sit next to each other. fun to get away and just -- you close those doors and it's just the two of you.
>> i don't know why that kind of surprises me.
>> yeah. to imagine you driving across country.
>> well, i never went cross-country now. i've been to arizona. i was good, you know, you stop, you eat.
>> you stopping at the truck stop ?
>> anywhere they got good food "the guilt trip" marks streisand 's 19th film and in a field that's run the gamut she would like to return to her role behind the scenes .
>> i want to direct movies. i want to be behind the camera, not in front of the camera, just get the best out of actors, the best out of a story.
>> would you call yourself a perfectionist?
>> yeah, even though i'm not as perfectionistic as i once was. a little, a lot
>> i'm striving for excellence, striving for perfection, but you never really gain it, and it's okay not to gain it.
>> is that the part that's changed where now you're more comfortable with the fact?
>> that --
>> nothing is perfect.
>> things can be a little messy?
>> yeah. i like things a certain way, you know what i mean , because i look at things. i do micromanage things.
>> heaven help them if they try to slip something past you.
>> don't try to do that. don't try to do that.
>> so you're okay with the "p" word, perfectionist, how about the "d" word?
>> what's the "d" word?
>> no, i'm not a diva.
>> a word people often use to describe you and i know it kind of bugs you.
>> you're kidding. i'm very down to earth. i know my way around here
>> you recently returned to brooklyn to perform. something you have never done. what was it like to be home and performing there?
>> it made me really appreciate coming from brooklyn . you just know where you stand, you know, in brooklyn .
>> i mean, are you the sort of person who can get nostalgic and say how far i've come?
>> yes. those are my people. that's where i was born. that's where i was raised and also where i wanted to escape from.
>> and you've talked a lot over the years about as a young woman , as a child, feeling unseen.
>> and you can look at your life in everything you've done as your reply to that, do you still feel that viscerally though? is there still that part of you inside?
>> there are certain things. there are traumatic experiences i think from childhood that will always press your button no matter how much therapy you've had.
>> you are clearly incredibly driven.
>> well, maybe that's pause my father died so young. his life was cut short, you know, at 35 years old. poppa, are you near me because they capture moments, capture time, and they last for a long time after. fill your world around you
>> i love to sing privately. i love to sing in a recording studio .
>> the famous stage fright is still with you?
>> a little bit. i'm more comfortable than i've ever been on the stage, and especially because my son sang with me, and that was like the most proud, joyous kind of feeling, you know, to share his talent with the audience.
>> must not have been a dry eye.
>> people really felt that, yeah. it's just pleasure, pure joy. starting here
>> is there anything that you look at and you say, oh, that was it. that was the moment that i treasure?
>> you know, as i said on stage in these tours, i was feeling very grateful at this period of my life, you know, and -- and grateful for the people who have supported me for a lot of years, and grateful for life itself.
>> it was so cool to meet her. she was incredibly sweet. we took a picture after the interview, and the movie is very cute. she does seem like the mom in that in some ways. during the interview we were talking about her son, and she was like oh, my the way, you can get his dvd for 4.95 at