Minnie Driver may not have known it at the time, but for years the actress has been preparing herself to play mom Fiona in NBC's new series "About a Boy." That's because she's seen the original film from 2002, which starred Hugh Grant, hundreds of times.
Literally, as she pointed out to TODAY's Matt Lauer Monday. "It is constantly on television and I also own the DVD," she said. What grabs her about the movie, she added, is that, "Apparently even someone as selfishly hopeless as Hugh Grant's character can find redemption through the ordinary business of being alive. I love that."
Driver acknowledged that her character — the mother of the titular "Boy" (played by Benjamin Stockham, who charmed TODAY audiences last week) — is neurotic and overprotective. "Maybe a lot," she grinned. "Everyone knows someone a bit like Fiona in this day and age, where they've embraced their lifestyle to the point of hilarious self-righteousness."
But embracing who you are is important to Driver. She commented on TODAY's discussion about body image, and how young people can learn to accept their own appearance.
"Everyone has a different body type, and figuring out where you lie (on that spectrum) is your only job," she said. "Get comfortable with and realistic about who you are. That's the only thing you ever have to answer to, is yourself."
"About a Boy" airs on Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on NBC.