Beth Ditto: ‘I don’t think I can act. I’m just really good at talking’

The Gossip frontwoman has started acting, and her first role is a ‘redneck loud woman’ in the new Gus Van Sant film. She talks about the real women behind the southern stereotypes

It is morning in New Orleans and Beth Ditto is getting ready for the day: plucking her chin hairs as she speaks to me over the phone, while picking out a black dress light enough for the heavy southern heat.

She is in Louisiana for several months, working as an actor. Best known for the 17 years she spent as frontwoman of the band Gossip, and for 2017’s solo record Fake Sugar, her second major acting role – the one she is now filming – is in Kirsten Dunst’s new series, On Becoming a God in Central Florida. Her first reaches the UK this week, a supporting role in Gus Van Sant’s Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot.

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