We always have and always will love Susan Sarandon, and this Daily Beast interview posted today offers up quite a few explanations why. Candid and thoughtful and funny and interesting, Sarandon clearly doesn’t give a shit what people think of her and that’s a rare and refreshing thing from a Hollywood actress. From the positive aspect of drugs to Woody Allen’s creepiness to fucking David Bowie and why he’s awesome, here’s 10 highly quotable highlights:
On going to Burning Man: "It’s fabulous. I can’t go this year because my daughter’s having a baby around that time, so I don’t think I’d feel very free to indulge if I was waiting for a message to see if she’s gone into labor. I went all around on a Segway and a bicycle, which was great, and even though people sometimes recognized me and said,’“Oh, it’s so cool you’re here!’ it wasn’t like walking the streets of New York."
On doing drugs: "I don’t really like chemical things, really. Timothy Leary was a friend of mine, so that acid was nice and pure, but I’m not really looking for chemicals, and I don’t like to feel speedy. But I’ve done Ayahuasca and I’ve done mushrooms and things like that. But I like those drugs in the outdoors—I’m not a city-tripper. My attitude about marijuana or anything is, ‘Don’t be stoned if you have to pretend you’re not,’ so I’d never do drugs if I was taking care of my kids. I like doing it in the Grand Canyon, or in the woods. You want to be prepared and not have responsibilities. It does remind you of your space in the universe—your place in the universe—and reframe things for you. I think you can have some very profound experiences."
On weed being legalized and what that will mean: "Certainly, if more people were smoking instead of drinking, people don’t get mean on weed, don’t beat up their wives on weed, and don’t drive crazy on weed. They just get hungry, don’t go out of the house, or laugh a lot. I think it would make for a much more gentle world."
On the age difference between men and women in relationships, on and off screen: "For some reason, age difference is more accepted in cultures when the man is older and the woman is younger. My grandmother on my mother’s side was an Italian immigrant in New York, and her mother died when she was 10. She’d had 10 children, seven of whom had died by this time, so she had an older sister and a younger brother. This 21-year-old guy moved to the apartment next door and knocked her up at 12. She lied and said she was 15 to marry him—because you could marry at 15 in New York back then. So, things happen."
On Woody Allen: "I think he really tore that family apart in a way that was horrible, and hasn’t really dealt with the aftermath. He’s always had a reputation for being with younger girls—I mean youngergirls. And also, that young woman [Soon-Yi] was very vulnerable, and I think it was very hard for the siblings, and certainly for Mia. You just don’t go there. You don’t go there."
On David Bowie, who she admits in the interview to fucking: "He’s worth idolizing. He’s extraordinary. That was a really interesting period. I wasn’t supposed to have kids, and I’m the oldest of nine and had mothered all of them, so I wasn’t ever in a mode to where I was looking to settle down and raise a family, so that definitely changes the gene pool you’re dipping into. But Bowie’s just a really interesting person, and so bright. He’s a talent, and a painter, and… he’s great."
On the infamous recent selfie of her and ‘Thelma & Louise’ co-star Geena Davis: "There was a whole photo session and then they do this interview, and then I just thought, “Let’s take one of us.” It was very spur of the moment. And you know what? My dog tweeted it."
On Ridley Scott: "He’s also very good at creating a very heroic setting. The movie wasn’t written with this iconic feel to it—it could have been just a little, tiny movie that was very mumblecore. The joke after awhile was that we were just going to be a voiceover on all these amazing shots we were getting every morning and evening."
On Brad Pitt: "I love him. He’s a kind, thoughtful guy. Everyone thought, ‘Wow, he’s really cute,’ on set. He said that I made him really disciplined or more professional somehow, but I don’t know what he’s talking about because I don’t remember it that way at all. I remember him being really cute, funny, and professional. When I saw an early cut and saw the scenes at the police station where he’s teasing, which he added, I thought, ‘This guy is something special.’"
On whether she’s finding it harder to love New York City: "Not at all. If you’re a privileged person or a famous person, it’s really fabulous to live in New York. If I was living in L.A., I’d be completely isolated and living behind a gate. I love that my kids did sports leagues with all types of people, and you bump into each other on the street, and New Yorkers are tough and have a great sense of humor. I don’t like the fact that it’s getting more and more expensive, and I think we need to tax the rich more. And I don’t like the fact that education has been ignored through the last administration, but I think that’s all fixable. Every time I leave for work, I’m so happy to come back. There’s just the serendipity of New York, too. There’s no room to be bored. I was walking by Union Square the other day and people were tangoing! Where else does that happen? I just love New York."
Read the whole interview here, and watch this if you want to feel more Susan love (seriously: Sarandon, Geena Davis, Emma Thompson, Tilda Swinton and Meryl Streep just need to get together and rule the fucking world):