Allison Janney, one of the stars of the film, recently appeared on “Ellen” and she talked about what it was like to meet the infamous figure skater whose career ended after a high-profile scandal. The two chatted at the biopic’s Los Angeles premiere on Wednesday night, and according to Janney, Harding was very happy with how the film turned out.
“She loved the movie,” Janney told host Ellen DeGeneres. “There were parts she didn’t like, but I think … mostly, she was really excited about it.”
One aspect Harding might appreciate is that the movie doesn’t paint her as the villain that many saw her as in 1994, when her ex-husband and bodyguard hired a man to attack her chief competitor, Nancy Kerrigan. According to Janney, the film shows that the situation was “a lot more complicated” than it appeared in the media at the time.
“I think people come away with a lot more compassion for her,” the actress said.
Harding gave Janney her seal of approval for her portrayal of LaVona Golden, the skater’s mother. Meanwhile, host Ellen DeGeneres also gave her rave reviews, telling Janney that she is sure to get nominated for an Oscar.
“I, Tonya” opens Dec. 8.