Antonio Banderas Who? Melanie Griffith Says 'Life Is Good'

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Antonio Banderas seems to be just a page from the past for Melanie Griffith, who is not wasting too much time mourning the divorce from her husband of 18 years.

Instead, the Working Girl actress is focused on "finding great work and having a good time."

"My kids are almost grown. I'm getting divorced. I'm just happy," she told IndieWire. "I'm really joyful. Life is good."

Griffith, 56, has got some great gigs lined up in the future. In January, she'll open on Broadway in the reboot of Pippen. She has a comedy in the works with Bob Saget, and she is promoting Thirst, a short film in which she plays an alcoholic prostitute.

The not-so-heartbroken actress says playing a worn-out alcoholic in Thirst was a cathartic experience — one that has helped her turn the page on the past.

"When I read the story for Thirst, I loved it, because I'm an alcoholic. I don't drink anymore, but I did. So that really attracted me to it because I wanted to play that kind of part," said Griffith.

"I had a reputation with people in my industry as being a wild child, being a drug addict and an alcoholic," she continued. "After being sober for five years, this part comes along and felt like if I could act it out and do it — not for anyone else, just for me -- to do that harsh of a life of an alcoholic, I would be able to get it out. I found it difficult to watch myself the first time, because I went, 'Oh my God, I look so old!' Stupid s**t like that. Then the next time I watched it, I cried, because I could separate myself from myself and look at the story."

One thing she won't be looking forward to is watching her daughter, Dakota Johnson, in 50 Shades of Grey. Dakota told Griffith and her dad, Don Johnson, she didn't feel comfortable having her parents see her in the risqué film.

"I have not seen 50 Shades of Grey," said Griffith. "I don't think I'm going to see it...[Dakota] was like, "You guys cannot come. There's no way." So we're not going. I did go visit for a couple of days when they were shooting just normal stuff. I did see the Room of Pain - I did go in there and check it out."

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