‘I’m Still a Hippie Chick’: Susan Sarandon interview with The Daily Telegraph
Susan Sarandon, the Oscar-winning actress and star of Thelma & Louise, talks to Helena de Bertodano about her split from Tim Robbins, her controversial activism and her new-found love of table tennis.
On Susan Sarandon’s wrist is an unusual tattoo. At first glance it looks like a jagged bracelet, but if you look closer you can see the letters andand. ‘It stands for A New Dawn A New Day,’ says Sarandon, twisting her wrist round to show me.
‘It’s supposed to remind me that if there are disappointments or mistakes, the next day I can just start again. One of my strongest attributes is being able to change direction when I’m given the gift of something I didn’t anticipate.’
Sarandon has recently suffered her fair share of disappointments. Last Christmas she and the actor Tim Robbins, one of Hollywood’s most enduring couples, announced their separation after 23 years together.
Then on a trip to Haiti a few weeks later (she was visiting a hospital with Artists for Peace and Justice) she damaged her foot so badly that she had to have a bone replaced in her toe and has been limping around on crutches ever since.
Even her on-screen characters cannot escape misfortune. Her latest film, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, is the sequel to the Academy Award-winning 1987 film Wall Street.
It sees Michael Douglas reprise his role as the ruthless Gordon Gekko, just released from jail. Sarandon plays Sylvia Moore, the hapless mother-in-law to Gekko’s estranged daughter, Winnie.
Sarandon’s character experiences financial ruin when her real-estate business crashes. ‘I represent Everyman because I’m bottom of the heap financially. Sylvia could have drawn some strength from my tattoo.’
- Read the full interview at Admiring Susan Sarandon…