Who are your favorite actors/actresses and why?
Bette Davis and Meryl Streep. Recently I have enjoyed watching Anne Hathaway. Liam Neeson because he is so damn believable and cool to watch. I like Tim Roth – I think everyone knows he is incredible.
What two directors would you do just about anything to work with?
Tarantino and Spielberg.
What was it like working with the legendarily obtuse and hermitic late director, Stanley Kubrick?
Special. He was the best. He was the kindest, most protective director I ever worked with. He is my favorite director that has ever existed.
You studied Literature and Fine Arts at Brown University. How have your studies enabled you in your present career as an actress?
Probably hurt my career because I stopped it right at its peak and went to school. But I love painting.
Laughing with my daughter and husband. All three of us together, looking around and thinking, “Wow, we are a family! Isn’t that strange and wonderful.”
Who are your favorite authors and artists?
Picasso. Matisse. Dali. Turner. James Turell. George Condo. My father, Jean Sobieski. Frederick Remington. Cecily Brown. Peter Doig, amongst many others. Authors: Faulkner for The Sound and the Fury, my favorite book. Joyce and Proust are two favorites. I love East of Eden by Steinbeck. The Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole always makes me laugh. When I was younger, Love in the Time of Cholera by Marquez was my favorite book. Dr Seuss is pretty cool. George Bernard Shaw gave the best quotes.
If you have one chance to take home a painting/picture from the Louvre or Metropolitan Museum of Art and live with it for six months, what would it be?
I think most people would live with the Mona Lisa just because that would be so impossible. The painting that I have seen in a museum that sticks in my mind is Matisse’s The Pink Studio; the red one is more famous and at MOMA, but the pink one is at the Pushkin museum in Moscow and really worth a check out because it’s splendid. The Pushkin collection is pretty great. They have some amazing stuff.
What rare first-edition book would you starve for in order to own?
I would not starve to own a first edition. I am okay with paperback. Hardcovers last longer. I have some great first editions that I love, but I would only starve if maybe a book was to be destroyed and never seen again, and weirdly that would be the only way I could save it -then I would raise protest. Otherwise, there is nothing wrong with borrowing from the library. I do love The Sound and The Fury and have looked into first editions, even at the Faulkner library in New Orleans, but they really are quite expensive.
On a more personal note, what has been the highlight of your life and love?
Laughing with my daughter and husband. All three of us together, looking around and thinking, “Wow, we are a family! Isn’t that strange and wonderful.” I am also blessed to have an incredible family and four best friends. Having a lot of love in your life is really very lucky, and I am most appreciative of this.
Are the bliss and wonders of motherhood the same for every mother, or differs for each woman in question? Different for each woman in question with thousands of little things that are the same.
Do you intend to have another baby to play with your almost one-year-old daughter, Louisanna?
And I do want another but not for awhile. I think I want her to help me out around the house with the next one, so she has to ask for it. None of my childhood friends have babies yet, so maybe I will have the next one when they are having their first so we can all eat ice-cream together
Is adoption as equally satisfying as having one’s own baby or is it an auxiliary option for motherhood?
I don’t know. Unless I adopted a child I couldn’t tell you. People that I know with adopted children are very blessed. I think adoption is a really great thing. I may adopt one day myself, but right now one baby is enough work.
What is your idea of happiness and beauty? Health, love, freedom, close ones that you love, a sense of humor, nature and creativity around that makes you very happy. Happiness always fluctuates. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but I really try and find it in everything because it IS there.