Danner admits it was tough taking on work so soon after the death of producer Bruce Paltrow in October 2002 - but she saw it as a good opportunity to bond with Paltrow.
The 60-year-old actress, who plays the mother of Paltrow's character, poet SYLVIA PLATH, says, "It was a very difficult time. We are such a close family and Gwyneth was incredibly fond of her father. But his death brought us even closer.
"It was a highly emotional period for us. Bruce had only passed away a few months before the director Christine Jeffs, had approached me to play Sylvia's mother.
But I think going to New Zealand to film - getting far, far away from all that was familiar - was wonderful. Gwyneth and I had some valuable time together."22/01/2004 21:28