Rose Byrne on Mrs. America and Owning Her 40s


Though the internet has definitively “cancelled” 2020, under less cataclysmic circumstances, I might be calling it Byrne’s year. “I’ve been incredibly lucky,” the actress confesses, referencing her career in general but also this oddly timed season when so many of her major projects are either coming out or just wrapped. This winter, Byrne and her husband performed in a play together for the first time, starring off-Broadway as a murderous wife and adulterous husband in a modern retelling of the Greek tragedy Medea. “It was the highlight of my career,” Byrne effuses. 

Just a week before Medea opened in January, Byrne attended the premiere for her latest big-budget comedy, Like a Boss (co-starring Tiffany Haddish and Salma Hayek), donning a showstopping flamingo-pink gown by Alexis Mabille and a platinum bob, like Elle Woods gone couture. As Byrne enters her…

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