Kim Basinger: The ‘bad boys’ are ‘actually just bullies or insecure’


Kim Basinger covers the latest issue of The Edit,’s in-house magazine. She’s doing some promotion for her role in The Nice Guys, plus she’s talking about her role (as Elena) in Fifty Shades Darker, which doesn’t even come out until next year! But she’s still chatting about it. I actually like hearing from Basinger a lot, because she’s someone who can go undercover for long periods of time. People tend to believe that her silence means she’s boring, but she’s not at all. When she does give interviews (rarely), she usually brings some interesting gossip, thoughts and opinions. Personally, I’m more interested in how Basinger views the world than, say, Cameron Diaz. You can read the full Edit piece here. Some highlights:

Playing Elena Lincoln in Fifty Shades Darker: “I’m sure there are people who associate me with Fifty Shades Darker because I starred in 9½ Weeks. But the only reason I accepted the in Fifty Shades was because my daughter, Ireland, 20, insisted. She wasn’t enthralled with the first movie, but she knew the books. She said, ‘You have to do it, Mom, it’s really powerful for women. Your character is about a woman’s power.’ At first I thought, ‘Eww, I can’t do that dominatrix stuff, it’s not me.’ But it’s not like that. My character’s strength is more emotional and mental – she shows Christian all his moves.”

Equality in Hollywood: “It would be great if we could have full equality, for all races and genders – not just in Hollywood, everywhere – but I don’t think we’ll get there. People think of Hollywood as this very liberal place, but if you look at the underbelly, the discoveries you’ll make are mindboggling. Am I going to go stand outside Paramount with a sign? No. There are wonderful people in Hollywood.”

She turned down ‘Sleeping with the Enemy’: “There were times I could have chosen [my movies] better. I did this film, The Marrying Man, where I met my eventual husband, Alec Baldwin, but I was teeter-tottering because I had also been offered Sleeping with the Enemy. Isn’t it funny that I turned down Sleeping with the Enemy and then I went on to sleep with the enemy! [Alec and I are] cool now, though. Life goes on.”

Divorcing Alec Baldwin: “Divorce is hard on a kid, no matter how you cut it. And ours was very public and nasty. So I brought up Ireland in a very unconventional way. I just wanted her to be free. If she wanted to have her friends over and write over the walls with pen, that was fine. I wanted her childhood to be full of love and light and animals and friends.”

Don’t be attracted to the fantasy: “I think it’s possible to date someone when you’re 20 and end up with them when you’re 55. Anything is possible. But my taste in men has changed a lot over the years. When you’re young you’re attracted to the ‘bad boy’, only to find out that they’re actually just bullies or insecure – you’re attracted to fantasies. Now, I’m more reality-based. As a sexual creature I’ve been attracted to a lot of different types, people that others have thought were unattractive. But showing kindness and humor are the most important things to me now. If you have those qualities then I think that makes you attractive.”

She’s low-maintenance: “I’m not a red-carpet girl; I’m not a fashionista at all – I’m not feminine enough! I love dressing men; I love men. If I were a fashion designer, I’d design men’s clothes. But as for me? I’m just not very high maintenance. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I shower…”

Social media & the value system:
“Social media has changed everything. There was more mystery before, but now, people just show their butts all over the place. I’ve never been one to share much of my life. It’s a shame how out of hand this industry has become, and where the value system has gone.”

Shedding the sh-t: “The best part of aging is learning to shed all the s*** that has weighed you down your whole life. People don’t bother me so much. It’s not my business what they think of me. I was more self-conscious when I was younger; I took stuff too seriously. If I could go back, I’d let rip more!”

[From The Edit]

She also says that Ryan Gosling really is that charming and nice in real life, and that she still adores Russell Crowe and she always knew Crowe would be “huge” (as in, a huge star). She also chats about her anxiety, a life-long struggle, and there’s more about Fifty Shades Darker. I don’t know how they’ve done the script for the second and third Fifty Shades movies, but in the books, Elena isn’t this all-powerful person. She’s basically a bitchy Mean Girl trying to manipulate Christian Grey into dumping Ana. Just FYI, I read the books so you don’t have to.

As for this: “When you’re young you’re attracted to the ‘bad boy’, only to find out that they’re actually just bullies or insecure.” She’s talking about Baldwin, correct? ANGER BEAR BALDWIN WILL DESTROY YOU.


Photos courtesy of The Edit.

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  1. Algernon says:

    “My character’s strength is more emotional and mental – she shows Christian all his moves.”

    Isn’t their relationship sexual abuse, though? I thought the point is that he was a child when she was sleeping with/grooming him.

  2. Dre dog says:

    She’s still so gorgeous

    • Myrna says:

      She’s one of those classics who can wear the sh*t out of a simple sweater…or jacket…most anything.
      She’s got that quality…much like Carolyn Bessette (JFK Jrs wife).
      Simple elegance only a handful of women can pull off.

      And she sounds incredibly smart re life…Genuine and a subtle strength.

      I have always admired her!

  3. Mia V. says:

    Girl, don’t try to bring some dept to that shitty book, please.

  4. angie says:

    Alec Baldwin is YUCK…just YUCK!! Good riddance. She is still a beautiful woman – enjoy you, enjoy your life and stay away from bullies 🙂

    • FingerBinger says:

      He wasn’t always yuck. He used be handsome.

      • angie says:

        In looks, maybe in character, he was always YUCK, IMO.

      • Jayna says:

        And he really supported Kim through that whole bankruptcy when she bought some town or something in Georgia. I remember reading a whole story about what went down, and it was pretty awful for Kim. But Alec was by her side through it all when they were dating.

  5. C says:

    She looks beautiful.

  6. lisa2 says:

    She is still beautiful and sexy. She is wearing a hat, shirt and sweater.. looking more sexy than some of the female starts that have to pose have nude in every photoshoot. See if it is there you see it even when a woman is fully clothed.

    I think it would have been nice if her daughter Ireland looked more like her mother than father.. but Alec has very strong genes it seems. His younger kids look like him too.

    • Deb says:

      She posed nude many times, as recently as in 8 Mile when she was 49.

      She’s 62 now. Strange that isn’t mentioned. Somehow she managed to escape ageism, it’s a mystery. No other actresses have gotten the kinds of roles she has at her age.

  7. Nev says:

    WERK Kim. Great shoot.

  8. Size Does Matter says:

    My word! I need a fedora and an attitude STAT. She looks amazing.

  9. Juls says:

    I recently watched l.a. confidential for the first time (I was a kid when it came out). EXCELLENT movie. And Basinger is fantastic in it.

  10. Dana m says:

    I’d love to know more about her and Prince!

  11. Jayna says:

    What happened to Ireland? She just seems to spend a lot of time posting selfies, or did.

    I remember seeing a bunch of what looked like pap-alerted photos of Kim and her boyfriend in Hawaii. He seemed like a fame-ho in the worst way, all over her for the camera. I hope she isn’t being used.

    I love her cover. I agree with others that it’s great to see some interesting fashion and styling, making for an interesting cover of Kim, compared to all the barely any clothes on celebs on covers. I wish Charlize had gone this route her last cover.

    Alec was a blowhard and temperamental, but Kim was a highly neurotic woman. Both had their issues in different ways.

  12. Tara says:

    She’s an interesting woman. She’s a little out there, a little crazy, but also extremely anxiety-ridden. That’s why we haven’t seen her out much after the divorce from Alec. He was madly in love with her and didn’t want to divorce, but he likes the spotlight while she is so uncomfortable with it.

  13. kay says:

    fully agree with her comment about bad boys.
    wish more young women would grasp this concept.
    it would certainly change the playing field.

  14. Deb says:

    Her first husband Ron Britton wrote a book. He quit his job to be her 24 hour personal assistant when she developed “agoraphobia”. Constantly present on her movie sets to give her reassurance, traveled with her to shooting locations and on press tours, etc. Then she asked him to stay home so she could cheat with Richard Gere when they did a film together. Eventually left him for another man (not Baldwin, some producer or hairdresser, I can’t recall) and when interviewers would ask her about this husband, she said “I never knew him” referring to someone she was married to for 10 years! I think she’s very calculating and plays timid for the sake of her perception in the press.

    • Kelley says:

      I never knew she was married for ten years years. It does make her sound like a complete user. After her comments on bullies I am surprised she “still adores Russell Crowe.” He’s been outed as a terrible bully many, many times.

  15. Tig says:

    When Kim B and Alec B got together, they were so physically stunning it took your breath away. Amazing the number of careers LA Confidential launched- such a great film. I remembered being freaked out that Babe the pig’s farmer dad could play such an evil man so convincingly!