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Helen Hunt Twists Into Dallas for FAN EXPO

Hunt will be hosting a special Q&A screening of Twister to go along with the annual festival, which attracts more than 60,000 people to the convention center.
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Actor Helen Hunt in El Paso last year, before a screening. She'll be answering audience questions about her 1997 classic Twister. Alberto Silva Fernandez/ El Paso Times / USA TODAY NETWORK

Helen Hunt remembers the first time she showed her daughter one of her most popular roles, Dr. Jo Harding in the 1996 classic thriller Twister. “My daughter had never seen it, and then during the pandemic, we ran out of things to do and watched it with some friends,” Hunt says, recalling that they agreed the movie still holds up today.

Now, fans of the film will have their own chance to join Hunt at a special Q&A screening of Twister when the award-winning actor heads to Dallas on June 8. “I’ll be there with anybody who had as much fun watching that movie as we did and answering any questions people have,” Hunt says.

Hunt is appearing as part of FAN EXPO Dallas, a three-day pop culture convention from June 7-9 that organizers say brings in more than 60,000 attendees a year to the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. The Mad About You star will be at the convention on June 8 for photo ops, meet-and-greets and a panel reflecting on her wide-ranging career. She’ll then head to Cinemark Dallas XD and IMAX for the 8 p.m. screening of Twister.

Hunt says she’s often asked at past screenings and panels what it was like to work with the rest of the Twister cast, explaining that it “was probably the best part of the whole experience.” She praised working with her talented co-stars like Bill Paxton, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Jeremy Davies. “Being stuck night after night waiting in our trailers, we had long card games and a lot of laughs, so that’s the sweetest memory of the whole thing,” Hunt says.

Hunt’s appearance at FAN EXPO comes on the heels of her role as fierce network TV boss Winnie Landell in Season 3 of the popular Max streaming comedy Hacks. “People are loving it,” Hunt says of reactions to the show after its May 30 finale. “It’s almost like it’s a new show. It’s really fun to watch.” She explains that “there’s not a show I’m loving more on TV right now” than Hacks, calling the opportunity to work on a show she was already a fan of “a big win for me.”

Hunt is now working on filming an untitled Peter Greenaway film with Dustin Hoffman in Italy, where she’ll be returning “at some point soon.” “It’s very unlike anything you’ve ever seen. That’s all I can really say,” Hunt says of the celebrated British arthouse director’s upcoming film. She’ll also be appearing onstage in a revival of Betrayal at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre in February.

In the meantime, Hunt says she’s looking forward to coming to Dallas for FAN EXPO. “It’s not something I usually do but it’s wonderful to see people who have been moved by your work and moved by other people’s work,” Hunt says. “That’s really fun.”

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Brett Grega

Brett Grega

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