Millions of American television viewers and movie-goers have never seen Linda Hamilton on the big screen playing the iconic role of Terminator-slayer Sarah Connor.
The first Terminator movie came out in 1984. Terminator 2: Judgment Day was released in 1991. So it’s been… carry the three… 28 years since Hamilton last played the part.
However, as Arnold Schwarzenegger would say, “She’s back,” as Terminator: Dark Fate is set to hit theaters on November 1 and Hamilton will once again be playing the baddest woman on the planet and leader of the Human Resistance in the war against Skynet, Sarah Connor.
Now 62, Hamilton has spent most of the past decade out of the Hollywood spotlight, living a “spartan” existence in New Orleans.
“I woke up one day and I was like, ‘Well, here I am in my beautiful mansion and my kids aren’t here, my agents aren’t calling, and this is not real,’” Hamilton explained in a recent interview with the New York Times.
The walls of her two-story townhouse are crammed with paintings and portraits; the only way Hamilton would consider taking a new husband, she joked, is if the proposal came from her favorite artist, Kehinde Wiley.
Otherwise, her life in New Orleans is gratifyingly spartan. “I love my alone time like no one you’ve ever met,” said Hamilton, who divorced her “Terminator 2” director, James Cameron, in 1999. “I’ve been celibate for at least 15 years. One loses track, because it just doesn’t matter — or at least it doesn’t matter to me. I have a very romantic relationship with my world every day and the people who are in it.”
It was this new, celibate life that had Hamilton hesitant to reprise the role, created by her ex-husband Cameron, that made her famous.
“That was my hesitation: Do I want to trade this lovely, authentic life for that? I didn’t want my neighbors looking at me differently. We’re neighbors because of who we are, not what we do, and I don’t want that to creep into my life again,” said Hamilton.
Deadpool director Tim Miller and Cameron eventually convinced her to return for Terminator: Dark Fate. “It’s not that I was afraid to let the fans down,” said Hamilton. “I was afraid to let Sarah Connor down.”
Linda Hamilton (“Sarah Connor”) and Arnold Schwarzenegger (“T-800”) return in their iconic roles in Terminator: Dark Fate, directed by Tim Miller (Deadpool) and produced by visionary filmmaker James Cameron and David Ellison. Following the events of Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Terminator: Dark Fate also stars Mackenzie Davis, Natalia Reyes, Gabriel Luna, and Diego Boneta.
Read the entire fascinating piece over at the Times.