Bette Midler on The Rose

Inside Criterion / Sneak Peeks — May 20, 2015

We were thrilled to sit down with the iconic Bette Midler about her dazzling breakthrough performance as a Janis Joplin–esque rock star at the end of her rope in The Rose, a wild, energetic turn that was the result of intensive training and rehearsals. In this excerpt from that interview on our new release of the film, Midler talks about what it took to become this unforgettable character, from her vocal inspirations to her physical preparations.