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Lily Tomlin on the Art of Maintaining a Long, Successful Career

Check out all Slate’s interviews from the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.

In Paul Weitz’s Grandma, Elle (Lily Tomlin) has just broken up with her girlfriend when her granddaughter Sage (Julia Garner), comes to her in desperate need of help. Over the course of a day, the two clash and connect as things they’ve long kept hidden about themselves rise to the surface.

The film features a tour-de-force performance from Tomlin, as well as a great cast of mostly women. All this week, Brow Beat is doing interviews from the Sundance Film Festival, and we asked Tomlin about her experience being a woman in entertainment, and how she’s maintained such a long, successful career.

Slate Sessions video edited by Anne Marie Lindemann. Interview booked by Raquel Bruno. Executive produced by Ayana Morali.