Robin Wright Penn on divorcing Sean Penn: “I know what I don’t want”

The history of Robin Wright and Sean Penn’s relationship is too sordid and contradictory to even try to sum up. Let’s see if I can do it one sentence: after a complicated twenty-year relationship, marriage, two kids, two competing careers, two Oscars, multiple separations, and most likely several significant affairs, it finally seems like Robin and Sean’s divorce is a sure thing. Robin sat down for the cover interview with More Magazine, and she talked about how she knows “what I don’t want” and how she’s “too old” for Sean’s crap:

moreinsetRobin Wright Penn, whose relationship with Sean Penn has been on-again, off-again for the several years, says she has no plans to reconcile with the actor.

“I’d been stagnant,” the actress, best known for roles in The Princess Bride and Forrest Gump tells More magazine for its September issue, on sale Aug. 25. “I think I’ve always been waiting for things to happen. Now I’m like, ‘I’m okay – I know the direction, whoever’s on board can go with me.”

One person who won’t likely be onboard is Penn. Together since 1989 and married in 1996, the couple endured a roller-coaster relationship only to file papers of legal separation not once, but twice – only to patch things up again as recently as May.

But that was then, not now. “I hit that crossroad a while ago,” Wright Penn says. “I know what I don’t want.” What she does want is to re-activate her career. “There’s no limbo anymore,” she says. “There’s no time. I’m too old for this s—.”

Regarding her much-discussed marriage, friends tell More that what the couple had was a “peculiar chemistry.” For her part, Wright Penn tenders no regrets.

“I, we, have two amazing children we raised together,” she says. Daughter Dylan Frances, 18, is headed off to college, with son Hopper Jack, 16, preparing to follow suit – which will leave mom with an empty nest.

“At least twice a week, I pull over and sob,” she says. “My baby is leaving. It’s an emotionally full time, but it’s not sad. I can’t wait for Dylan to go [out and] live. That’s what makes me cry.”

[From People]

Uh-oh. Will an empty nest drive Robin back into Sean’s arms? I hope not. I hope that douchey chapter is over, at long last. And I hope Robin finds someone really cool to date. I see her with some Hollywood biggie, like a major producer or a director. Not some actor who will always be “keeping his options open”.

As for Robin’s career options, I’d say she’s got a chance to do some more good work. I’m always happily surprised when she shows up in films, and her career in the past decade has been a study in solid, effective, well-rounded character work. One of my favorite performances of hers from the past few years was the criminally underrated Breaking and Entering, where she played Jude Law’s wife and mother to an autistic girl. What’s good about Robin is that she was never some huge Julia Roberts-type star – Robin can easily glide between small and large parts, and she seems to be without ego. She’s an actress, not a celebrity. That means her career will last a lot longer.

Robin Wright Penn is shown on 6/18/09. Credit: Fame Pictures. Cover of More magazine via E!

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  1. Beth says:

    I didn’t know they brokeup again. Especially since Sean dropped out of projects to “focus on his family”. Robin is getting good buzz for “The Private Lives of Pippa Lee”. So that will probably help getting her career back.

  2. DD says:

    good for her, she looks amazing, and that’s sans botox and fillers. she deserves happiness instead of a man perpetually stranded in his adolescence.

  3. Firestarter says:

    I am glad to see that she is finally leaving that disrespectful husband of hers and moving on with her life. She was always too good for Penn. She has two grown children, who are old enough to adjust to their parents not being together, so now is the time for her to kick that man to the curb once and for all.

    Good for her!

  4. wow says:

    I liked her acting in Message in a Bottle w/Costner. But I can do without her and Sean Penn’s on again off again nonsense. I like him as an actor but in his regular persona he acts like he has a stick up his butt.

  5. nelly says:

    Finally some good news today. Next couple: Diane Lane and Josh Brolin. The saga continues…

  6. Ponytail says:

    Can anyone with a knowledge of US and UK magazines confirm that the US ‘More’ is not connected to the UK ‘More’ in any way ? They look quite different in tone, and I couldn’t imagine the UK More having an interview with anyone other than soap stars !

  7. Bob says:

    Sean Penn is such an arrogant moron, I’m surprised she put up with him as long as she did.

  8. Kaboom says:

    She should hook up with George Clooney, he needs someone his own age bracket who calls him on his bs.

  9. dee says:

    It’s about time to get your sanity back.
    You deserve BETTER>

  10. Iggles says:

    Actually, I think the empty nest syndrome will make it easier for Robin to cut her ties to Sean. She no longer can be guilted by ‘think about the kids!’

  11. Neelyo says:

    She looks so much better in that top photo than in that awfully retouched magazine cover.

  12. dude says:

    That is what you call natural beauty!

  13. LuLu says:

    Yeah, I know he’s probably a d-bag, but I can’t help it, I lust after him.

  14. iced opal says:

    I fell in love with her when she was on the soap Santa Barbara a loooong time ago. And she was so wonderful as Princess Buttercup.

    @Snappyfish – I didn’t get that at first. DUH! LOL

  15. ash says:

    That magazine cover is a little frightening, they could have made her look tons better, because she is BEAUTIFUL.

  16. Cinderella says:

    I won’t believe she’s leaving him until their divorce is final.

    She’s about as addicted to him as he is to you-know-what.

  17. Ggirl says:

    I really hope she means it this time.

  18. velvet elvis says:

    I swear that looks like Sarah Jessica Parker on that magazine cover

  19. jeannified says:

    I don’t think that the “empty nest” will mean that she will end up staying with Sean Penn…quite the opposite. I think that she feels sad, because she was probably only sticking it out for the kids, and knows that there’s NO WAY that she wants to be living in the same house with Sean now!

    I hope she DOES go on the find someone powerful and fabulous, who treats her really well, and has a fantastic career from here on out! She is a great actress!

  20. meow Mix says:

    Completely agree Cinderella.

    I know what its like to think you are so in love with someone that you just can’t see being without them. Even when they show over and over that they are ‘not all in’ you just can’t say goodbye.

    ‘Regarding her much-discussed marriage, friends tell More that what the couple had was a “peculiar chemistry.”
    -She is addicted all right.

  21. apsutter says:

    I LOVE her and I really hope she gets out there and makes some more quality movies. She is such a natural beauty. I hope that she gains a little bit of weight though cause she looks a little too skinny in the top pic. I dont want her to get madonna syndrome

  22. Magsy says:

    She’s probably tired of the abuse. According to Madonna in an interview years ago, she said Sean held her prisoner, strapped in a chair
    and kept hitting her.

  23. birdgherl says:

    Go Robin. Unload that coked out, cheating douche and move on.

  24. SUSAN PHILLIPS says:


  25. MB505 says:

    Every major decision you make in life takes time to adjust to. She will be ok. She just needs time to get over this hurdle and move towards the next one.

  26. anonymus says:

    This woman proves once again how great it is. Leaving a career that could have contributed a lot in your bank account to raise children she speaks. And do not think that has endured so much in that marriage just for the sake of Sean Penn, I think he did well largely by children. And not to be too smart not to realize, could have divorced long ago, but waited until their children were in the process leave the nest. His life turned around dramatically leveraging their daughter was going to college and his son behind her. Physically is a natural beauty, which is not very abundant in Hollywood, really, I take my hat off to this woman.