This is mince pie season, and that provides the opportunity for all those Americans who are down on British food to vent their distaste. To their devotees these small fruit-based mincemeat sweet pies are a wondrous British delicacy but to many Americans they are vile. In fact many British foods—most commonly Marmite, a food spread made from yeast extract, and baked beans on toast—are routinely bashed by Americans.
But at least two U.S. actresses, Juliette Lewis and Julianne Nicholson, soon to be seen in August: Osage County are fans of British food.
Nicholson, who’s married to British actor Jonathan Cake, says: “I love baked beans on toast!”
The actress embraces the food laid on in British pubs: “It’s really fresh, local, seasonal.”
“I do love my English breakfast,” says Juliette Lewis, who’s performed on stage in London’s West End play. But she’s not a total fan of U.K. cuisine. “However y’all figured out the baked beans with the toast, I don’t know,” she says.
Both the actresses appear in an extended meal scene in August: Osage County in which the film’s powerful ensemble cast headed by Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts deliver some compelling drama. The film is set in Oklahoma so mince pies, Marmite and baked beans on toast are not present on the dinging room table.
August: Osage County opens on Christmas Day.