Salon: How son’s “Dark Waters” film role and father’s cancer connected

“While my son, 6, worked on his first feature film, I learned a surprising fact about my dad, who had sinus cancer.”

—?Brigid Kaelin


I know we got the news on a Wednesday because my phone rang during Lilly’s guitar lesson. I never answer the phone while I teach, but this was an unknown number from Cincinnati. I thought maybe it was about a clinical trial for my father’s rare sinus cancer.

Instead it was my six-year-old’s agent, calling to tell me that Graham had been cast in a film he’d auditioned for two months earlier. Anne Hathaway had just signed on to star, opposite Mark Ruffalo, with Todd Haynes directing. My mind just about exploded.


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Story by?Brigid Kaelin

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