Helen Hunt: ‘Winning an Oscar won’t change your life’

Actress Helen Hunt says her life didn't change after she won an Oscar.
Actress Helen Hunt says her life didn’t change after she won an Oscar.

Helen Hunt says winning an Oscar didn’t change her life.

The 56-year-old star was 34 when she won the Best Actress Oscar for the 1997 movie As Good As It Gets, but Helen explained that picking up the coveted award did not magically change her life.

“It was a dream come true, which is a great thing to be able to say; then you go back to work.”

— Helen Hunt

She told The Guardian newspaper: “Often with women, there’s a big dry spell afterwards. I heard an actress say that, for about a year you’ve got some wind at your back, but after that, you just go back to finding a good job. I don’t think it’s a big game-changer. It can be, but it’s not like your worries are over in terms of getting good parts. I’ve had ups and downs. It was a dream come true, which is a great thing to be able to say; then you go back to work, trying to forge a career that’s fulfilling.”

However, Helen admitted she found the increased fame that comes with being an Oscar winner, difficult to deal with. 

She said: “It was a very famous time. I felt quite nervous because I was being followed. I remember thinking: ‘What if I can’t turn this off? Am I always going to be walking to my car and there are people with cameras there? Does this last forever?'”