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Close feels closest to her fellow actors

Glenn Close is having a close encounter of the third kind — and she likes it.

"I call actors the alien nation," she tells Us Weekly in the March 26 issue. "It's hard for me to be away from my own kind. I'm very happy with my fellow aliens."

Close says her oldest and dearest friend is Mary Beth Hurt, whom she met in the 1970s in Phoenix, and the two live down the street from each other in New York.

She also spends a lot of time with Robert Pastorelli, best known for playing Eldin the house painter on "Murphy Brown."

"He's a great friend. I love his company," the 54-year-old actress says. "And we probably would see more of each other if we had the time."