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Rita Moreno shares her thoughts on a West Side Story remake

By Iona Kirby | Showbiz Editor

Rita Moreno is one of Hollywood's most legendary stars.

And the iconic actress chatted to at a Paley Live event for her show One Day At A Time, revealing what drew her to the project and how she would feel about a remake of her classic movie West Side Story.

Rita famously portrayed Anita in the 1961 film, which was based on the Broadway musical of the same name, and a couple of years ago Steven Spielberg expressed his interest in directing a remake.

"You know, if there's anybody who can actually pull that off, it would probably be Steven Spielberg," she told us. "I'm always very weary of do-agains. I've yet to see those things work.

"And if he were to do it, it would have to change so much in a way, because the movie interestingly enough was really rather innocent. It would inevitably have to be a lot rougher and a lot more raw, and that might be wonderful and then again, it might not. I don't know."

Rita added: "But if anyone could pull it off, I think it's Spielberg. I just love his work."

And when asked if she would be interested in being a part of a remake, the star joked, "What am I going to do? I'm a grandmother! I'm 85, for god's sake! I could always play Doc in the candy store. Doc-ette!"

Rita also revealed why she wanted to be a part of One Day At A Time, Norman Lear's reimagining of his 1975 series of the same name, in which she plays a colourful Cuban grandmother.

"What really made me want to do it without even thinking twice was two words: Norman Lear. When he asked, I said 'yes!' and then I said, 'What is it?'" she shared.

"It's an extremely funny show, but what makes it a Norman Lear show is that in every single episode there is one serious social issue. It's very funny but it's also very moving and touching. I think it's why people love it so much. So I'm thrilled to pieces to be a part of it."

And Rita - who told us she has "had an amazing life" - happily shares some of her pearls of acting wisdom with her on-screen grandchildren.

"They do come over. They do all the time," she said. "There's an enormous amount of respect from those kids. But it's also because they're hispanic and they see me as an icon, and that's pretty fabulous and I love it. And by the way, we are so much like a family."

The entire first season of One Day At A Time is available to stream on Netflix now, and the sitcom was renewed for a second season in March.
Tags: anita, interviews, other roles, remake, rita moreno, steven spielberg

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