Susan Sarandon is making headlines as she opens up about her love affair with David Bowie and shares her thoughts about Woody Allen in the aftermath of the sex scandal of the 1990s. She also was candid about her experiences with psychedelic drugs. It made for a lively interview with The Daily Beast.
There are many ways to cut through the celebrity news clutter and opening up about a past love affair with an icon is one of them. And Susan Sarandon goes there and beyond in a wide ranging interview with The Daily Beast in support of her new movie, “The Last of Robin Hood.”
She was asked about affairs she had had over the years, and with some prompting admitted that David Bowie was one of them, and that the affair took place around the time of ‘The Hunger,’ a 1980s vampire movie in which she and Catherine Deneuve costarred with him.
She said of the rock legend, “Yeah. 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.”
Susan Sarandon also spoke out about Woody Allen although she did not comment specifically on the allegations that surfaced in the early 1990s when he split with longtime partner Mia Farrow that he had sexually abused their then-7-year-old daughter Dylan Farrow. It was at that time that the world found out Allen’s affair with Mia Farrow’s adopted daughter, Soon-Yi Previn, who was at that time a teenager. A few years later he married her and the couple remains together to this day.
Within this context, she spoke about Allen’s longtime penchant for depicting May-December romances in his movies including his current hit, ‘Magic in the Moonlight.’ But years before that, in ‘Manhattan’ Allen himself portrayed a middle aged character whose girlfriend was a 17-year-old, portrayed by Mariel Hemingway.
Sarandon herself is in such a May-December drama. The aforementioned ‘The Last of Robin Hood’ sees Kevin Kline portraying the swashbuckler screen idol Errol Flynn at age 48 and she is cast as the mother of a 15-year-old aspiring actress, portrayed Dakota Fanning whom he pursues in the film. (The trailer is below.)
She said, “I have issues with 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 younger girls. 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.”
She also talked about psychedelic drugs, saying, “I’m not new to the idea of mushrooms. 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.”
She continued, saying, “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.”
She went on to reveal, “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.”
The full interview is here and for devotees of Susan Sarandon it’s a must read as she speaks about the iconic ‘Thelma and Louise’ — and the recent reunion selfie that she and costar Geena Davis took which went viral — her experiences on the set back then with Brad Pitt and much more.