Ahead of her latest film, “Paris Can Wait,” which was directed by Eleanor Coppola (the 81-year-old wife of Francis), Diane Lane sat down with LLNYC for an in-depth conversation about women in Hollywood, directing films and politics.
Here are some of the most illuminating things we learned about her (the full story is here).
1) She can gain weight, and did when filming “Paris Can Wait.” The first thing she does when we start discussing the movie is grab her stomach and point to it. “What do they call it when you make a movie about croissants and then you eat them and then you’re stuck like this?”
2) Even though she films in glamorous locations around the world, she doesn’t get to enjoy them. “People get all jealous and they think, ‘So, biatch, how was Tuscany today?’ I just say, ‘Wait a minute! I was working from before sunup till after sundown. And I can’t eat the food because of the timing or whatever. It’s just not what you think.’ You get like five minutes off to look around, realize you’re in beauty and then hustle on with your day of work.”
3) A native New Yorker, she is always happy to learn that her favorite stores and spots in the city haven’t closed. “If I see something’s the same, I’ll feel like, ‘That’s right, it was fabulous then and it’s still fucking fabulous now!’”
4) Eleanor Coppola cast her in the “Paris Can Wait” because of her age. “I wanted an actress who was age 50, not someone who was a different age, playing 50.”
5) She wants to direct comedies. “I think we need more of them right now. It’s very healing and it implies a level of intelligence. And hopefully incorporates empathy and humanity.”
6) She isn’t sure she wants to engage in political discussions publically — though she admires actors who do. “I’m still kind of on the fence about that. Do I want to shoot my mouth off? Do I really care about demographics in terms of who agrees with my politics? Those are interesting topics. How important is it to me if I lost some business because of my politics? Do you want to be loved or do you want to be right?”
7) She’s been lucky enough to avoid at least some of the unsavory aspects of the business. “I was never propositioned on a casting couch.”
8) She’s kind of sick of talking about women in Hollywood. “Well, you see it on my face, I’m sure. I don’t mean to be. I’m highly transparent against my will.” …
9) But she will a little anyway. “Being a woman … there’s a type of fashion, glamour, appearance-driven value that I don’t know if men experience.”
10) She is fully aware that “Paris Can Wait” is a fantasy — and that’s OK by her. “It’s a reprieve from the news and the guilt and the horror and the reality that is real life. It’s a fairy tale for grown-ups,” she says.