Susan Sarandon, 63, split up with her longterm partner, Tim Robbins, late last year and was soon linked with a 32 year-old ping pong entrepreneur named Jonathan Bricklin. While Sarandon’s rep denied that there was anything going on, she’s been spotted out with the guy on many occasions and is a fixture at the hipster ping pong club he founded, Spin. Sarandon is also a part owner of the club, and has been named in a lawsuit against Bricklin by his former partners, who allege that he took their money to start the business and was essentially frozen out. Susan hasn’t commented on the lawsuit or the relationship, although she does say that she loves being called a cougar and finds it “exhilarating and terrifying” to be single. She also loves ping pong, and told People Magazine that she’s making a non-sleazy reality show to cover the daily adventures at Spin.
Susan Sarandon may be making a reality show –- just don’t expect her to get into a hot tub.
“It won’t be the Jersey Shore,” the actress tells PEOPLE at a World Champions Event at her ping-pong nightclub, SPiN, about her latest project. “It’s more of an episodic documentary. We’re trying to invent something you haven’t seen before that follows a bunch of people in this crazy little subculture.”
Sarandon, 63, an investor in SPiN, plans to use the show to record the club’s growing business -– and the community that’s formed there, especially the young players who are trying to make it to the Olympics. (“One of them probably will,” she says.)
Calling herself the “Johnny Appleseed of ping-pong,” Sarandon, who was at the event with her sons Jack and Miles, and the club’s co-investor — and close friend — Jonathan Bricklin, is unsure when and where the show will air.
“We’re just in the early filming stages now,” she says. “I’m not sure where we’re going to land in terms of our home because we want the tone of it to be funny and quite different than anything else that anybody’s seen before
CBS News did a profile of Spin back in early December, when Sarandon was known as a devotee of the sport but before she announced her split with Robbins. That video is below, and they note that Spin is “what may be the world’s first chic ping pong club.” Sarandon said that fellow ping pong lovers include George Clooney and Ed Norton. Ping pong was once known as a geeky sport, but “once you bring it up, it’s like a tattoo,” she explained. “Once you show your tattoo… everyone starts undressing. If you say you play ping pong, all the closet ping pong players come out.” Ping pong is getting a “sexy makeover” thanks to Spin, and Sarandon wants to share her passion with the masses through a reality show. Will her May-December romance be evident in her reality show? I have a lot of respect for her and I’m sure she knows what she’s getting into. If she breaks up with Bricklin, though, will she still want to hang out at Spin and play ping pong?