Celebrating her first major film role in nearly two decades, Janet Gretzky was thrilled to have her family’s full support as she stepped back into the spotlight on Saturday night.
Accompanied by her husband, Canadian hockey legend Wayne Gretzky, the twosome turned heads at the TIFF premiere of The Sound and the Fury, James Franco's film adaptation of William Faulkner's classic novel, on Sept. 6.
Sporting an all-black belted dress with a daring slit up one leg, the 53-year-old beauty – who plays Southern matriarch Caroline Thompson in the film – told reporters that she truggled to relate to her troubled character.
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“I loved making the movie but it was hard for me,” Janet told the Toronto Star, “because the experience was alien to me. Her husband was a failed drunk who gave up on her. I’m married to the greatest hockey player who ever lived who is a wonderful father.”
As for Wayne, "The Great One" was clearly proud of his wife’s work and was keen to gush about her performance.
"Oh yeah, she's pretty special. Raise five children and go back to work now. James was kind enough to put her in the movie and I'm really proud of her," he enthused to City News.
Two of the couple’s five children – Ty, 24, and Tristan, 15 – also came out for the Toronto premiere, though their eldest daughter, Paulina Gretzky, was noticeably absent.
Nonetheless, the 25-year-old blond bombshell, who is engaged to pro-golfer Dustin Johnson, took to Instagram to congratulate her “beyond stunning” mom, adding that she was “so proud.”