TODAY | April 18, 2014
>>> margo martindale is enjoying the kind of career most actors only dream about.
>> from her emmy award winning stint as mags bennett in the fx drama "justified" based on elmore leonard 's books to her role in "august osage county " and her comedic turn as the meddlesome mother on the hit tv sitcom "the millers".
>> and margo isn't slowing down one bit. i can't believe you had time to say hello to us. she's back on the big screen in a big hit called "heaven is for real" as a mother struggling with her faith after the loss of her son. take a look at this.
>> i have nothing for you but comfort, no hope, no peace.
>> you didn't let me down. you couldn't take my pain away. you don't have to say a word, todd. i believe that's already been done.
>> when a writer gives you those kinds of words to say --
>> so great for you to be here.
>> i love what i do.
>> this movie seems to be off to a great start. you play a little bit of a cynic.
>> i play a cynic and i'm -- i think a woman who is struggling with her faith and angry at god and the great thing for me is that being a person of faith, it has been great to be reminded that it is okay to have doubts and struggles, that that's all okay.
>> god's heard it all before .
>> exactly right.
>> were you surprised at the popularity of the book and what is potentially going to be a very, very popular movie?
>> no. not surprised. i'm not surprised.
>> you hadn't read the book.
>> i read half the book and put it down so i can concentrate on the screenplay, which my character is really not in the book. a combination of people. so i wanted to be as honest and truthful in -- not that i don't always want to be, but this meant something to me to really try to go to my -- so silly to say -- i felt a responsibility.
>> sure,ia he.
>> what would you say to people who are cynical to people watch watching?
>> it is okay to be skeptical. i was skeptical of the story. i don't need to have proof. but i -- but meeting the burpos, and getting to know them, i -- i changed my tune and i completely believe that that young man went to heaven and --
>> it is great. you play so many dicfferent characters. what smoeis most fun type of character for you to play?
>> somebody completely out of her mind.
>> you want to be a boozy english woman, we hear. what actress do you just epitomize, the height of the craft.
>> who? meryl streep .
>> you got to work with her in osage.
>> she can do anything. she can hostess, she can paint, do it all and act.
>> by the way, we're sitting with someone who sings kathie lee 's cds.
>> sings the music. sail away on a dream ship
>> she knows the words.
>> puts her babies to sleep too.
>> great to see you.
>> thank you. thank you.
>> come back next week when you're in another tv show and another movie, okay?