Isn’t it such an unexpected pleasure to see a 48-year-old woman on the cover of a major magazine? Major as in, not the AARP Magazine, or More Magazine, or Good Housekeeping. Robin Wright is enjoying one of the highest points of her career and her personal life right now – she’s on the widely acclaimed and award-winning House of Cards, and she’s back with her young lover Ben Foster. She talks about her public and personal life in the April issue of Vanity Fair – you can read VF’s excerpt here. Some highlights:
On her relationship with Ben Foster: “I’ve never been happier in my life than I am today. Perhaps it’s not ladylike [to say], but I’ve never laughed more, read more, or come more than with Ben. He inspires me to be the best of myself. There’s so much to learn. It’s endless. How great! It took me a long time to grow up. Love is possible as life is possible.”
On her divorce to Sean Penn: “I’m not in the business of talking about what ‘isn’t,’my eyes are set forward and I’ve never been happier. I have too much respect for Sean and our two extraordinary children to sell our past joys and woes for public consumption and fodder.”
What she learned from being married to Penn: “I believe we were together not only to have our beautiful children but to learn how to love … for the next time around, the right way. And then, what I’m looking for in people now is kindness.”
Her now-famous super-short hairstyle: “I was just cutting off damaged hair—too much bleach over months of [appearing in] different movies. It was a mercy killing, but it works for the character.”
Late stardom: “I feel as though I’ve just graduated. I mean, I never went to college. I was pregnant at 23. You hear people say how they have ‘arrived,’ but it was just always there, waiting to come out. For me, it just took a long time. I’m 48. I’m finally a person. I think I’m finally ready.”
VF also contacted Sean Penn’s rep to see if he would comment on the record, but all they got was a message that Penn was traveling and unable to comment. If you go back to his recent Esquire interview, I think Sean already said what he wanted to say about his marriage to Robin. I think it’s safe to say they were toxic together and they might have even brought out the worst in each other. But I like the way Robin speaks about it, like she learned a lot from the back-and-forth drama with Sean and she’s a lot happier these days. Which I believe. But I’d still like to see her grow out her hair just a little bit!! I’m sorry, but I do find this cut too severe.
Photos courtesy of WENN, cover courtesy of Vanity Fair.