July 04, 2015 | Updated at 10:42 PM EDT The Latest Entertainment & Celebrity News

Susan Sarandon on new film, single life

Academy Award-winning actress Susan Sarandon plays a widow disappointed in her sons and unhappy with her life in new film comedy, "Jeff Who Lives at Home," in U.S. theaters on Friday.

By Zorianna Kit, Reuters on Mar 14, 2012 11:17 AM EDT
facebook tweet this pin it plus
Sign Up for Newsletter
  • Susan Sarandon is interviewed at the premiere of "Jeff, Who Lives at Home" at the Directors Guild of America theatre in Los Angeles, California March 7, 2012.
  • Cast member Susan Sarandon is interviewed at the premiere of "Jeff, Who Lives at Home" at the Directors Guild of America theatre in Los Angeles, California March 7, 2012. (Photo : Reuters)

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Academy Award-winning actress Susan Sarandon plays a widow disappointed in her sons and unhappy with her life in new film comedy, "Jeff Who Lives at Home," in U.S. theaters on Friday.

The film stars Jason Segel as Jeff, a directionless, pot-smoking man who lives in his mother's (Sarandon) basement. Meanwhile estranged brother, Pat (Ed Helms) is convinced his wife (Judy Greer) is cheating on him.

Directed by Jay and Mark Duplass, the film follows Jeff during one day as he embarks on a new path down the road of life upon which he is convinced the cosmic universe has set -- thanks to a series of odd signs.

Sarandon sat down with Reuters to talk about the film, having sons smoking weed at home and what life has been like as a single woman since splitting with Tim Robbins three years ago.

Q: What made you decide to star in a low-budget, independent movie like this one?

A: "I loved all the twists and turns and I was moved by the reconciliation of the family. I was also moved by the questions Jeff is asking. Every film is a different universe, and I thought this would be a fun universe to drop in on."

Q: Most of your time on screen is spent in an office environment while your 'sons' have their own storyline. Did you feel isolated from the rest of the cast during shooting?

A: "She's kind of isolated anyway, that's the point. Everybody in that family has become estranged from each other and is isolated. Even though Jeff is living downstairs, he's on some kind of nocturnal schedule and she's going off to work and really upset she's not able to have fun. But I felt connected to Jason and Ed probably because I saw them off the set."

Q: You have two boys of your own - Jack and Miles. Although they are a younger than Jeff and Pat, did you see any of yourself or your boys in this on-screen family?

A: "No, but my boys in real life are on their journeys too, trying to find a philosophy that gets them off the track of feeling they have to be successful. They have questions because they're sons of famous people, which can be a drag. And they're both artists so they're trying to understand that age old dilemma of art and commerce. I don't mind if they live in the basement, take a stupid job or smoke some weed while they're figuring it out."

Q: Really?

A: "I would rather have them smoking weed than drinking. But I was very clear with my kids that some drugs can kill you the very first time you try them. They're all illegal. At least something that grows and is a leaf is not the same as methamphetamine. You can't just lump them all together. But what I said to my kids was that to have a drink or to smoke, to get a break from your life and to relax is one thing. If you're smoking from the time you wake up, you will not have a life to have a break from. The important thing is to talk about it."

Q: You share a special kiss in this film that may shock certain moviegoers. Were you nervous shooting it?

A: "Not at all. I've been there before on film. I think it's more about the bravery involved with relationships - whether or not you're going to be vulnerable to another person, whether or not you ever want to be intimate with another person. The age, the color is just a detail. It's making that leap in extending yourself to another person."

Q: Physically? Sexually? Emotionally?

A: "It's the connection that's important, I think, as a woman. I love sex, but sex without connection for me is not interesting. When a guy says, 'It was nothing, it was just sex,' I believe that's true for him. It doesn't work that way for me. I could have just sex, but I'm interested in connection."

Q: In 2009 you and your sons' father, Tim Robbins, ended a 21 year partnership. How has it been being on your own?

A: "It's been a lot of different things. It's traumatic and exhilarating. The one thing that's been really clear to me is that you have to think of your own life and your relationship and everything as a living organism. It's constantly moving, changing, growing. I think long-term relationships need to be constantly reevaluated and talked about."

Q: Some people in similar situations feel that they've failed to keep the relationship together. Did you?

A: "Of course you feel like a failure. It's a big deal but again, it's an opportunity to grow. At the end of my first marriage (in 1979 to Chris Sarandon), it was about the loss of ideal, about who you thought this person was. I thought love conquered all and I had to reevaluate everything. And you need your girlfriends, you need to take long, long walks until you're exhausted and no longer freaking out and you hold on until a new dawn. Then you get another chance."

Q: After your marriage ended, you vowed to never marry again. Your daughter (Eva Amurri, 26, whose father is filmmaker Franco Amurri) was married last fall. How was that for you?

A: "She's brilliant. Her views about a lot of things are obviously different than mine. I don't know if that's in reaction to me or that's just the way she came in. She's always been really clear about what she wants, what she doesn't want and she has executed her life in way to move toward that. She's picked the right guy who has the same goals and strategies of life. It's not been traumatic at all. The wedding was fun."

© 2015 Enstarz, All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.

Tagged :   Susan Sarandon
facebook tweet this pin it plus
Contribute to this Story send us a tip send us a tip send us a tip
Sign Up for Newsletters

Around The Web

  • SEARCH ENSTARS

Kim Richards

Kim Richards' Ex-Husband Visited Her In Rehab With Just Days To Live

Kim Richards received a visit from Monty Brinson in rehab.

Sawyer Fredericks

'The Voice' Winner's California Trip Just Became 'A Little More Interesting,' But Why?

Peep pictures from Sawyer Fredericks' 'interesting' trip to Los Angeles. They are not typical photos from the studio...

Bow Wow, Erica Mena

Bow Wow Reads Woman To Filth Amid Erica Mena's Drama With The Mother Of His Child

Bow Wow is never one to hold back when it comes to the women in his life and in one of his recent Facebook posts, he goes in on a woman who he calls out as promiscuous and broke.

Transformers 4: Age of Extinction

What We Know So Far About 'Transformers 5'

The development for 'Transformers 5' is finally rolling, and Enstars brings fans up to date with all that is known until now.

Macy's 4th of July Fireworks 2014

All The Ways You Can Watch Macy's 4th Of July Fireworks Show

Whether you're catching the show live in New York City, or via a Live Stream, you can easily catch the spectacular fireworks.

Sawyer Fredericks

'The Voice' Champ Sawyer Fredericks Is Destined To Be The Show's First Superstar

As if you need to be reminded, here are five reasons we think The Voice's Sawyer Fredericks is destined to be the show's first superstar.

BET Awards

Here's How You Can Watch The 2015 BET Awards Live Online

BET airs it's annuals awards show tonight at 8 p.m. EST/ 7 p.m. CST. Here's how you can keep up with all the action online for free.

Abby Lee Miller

Is Maddie Ziegler Quitting 'Dance Moms?'

Maddie Ziegler might not be back for season six of 'Dance Moms.'

Karlie Redd

Karlie Redd Possibly Laughs Off Reprots Joseline Hernandez Gave Her A Beat Down

Karlie Redd might wants fans to know that there's no truth in rumors that Joseline Hernandez beat her up, but some fans aren't buying it. Read more to find out why.

Sawyer Fredericks

'The Voice' Winner's California Trip Just Became 'A Little More Interesting,' But Why?

Peep pictures from Sawyer Fredericks' 'interesting' trip to Los Angeles. They are not typical photos from the studio...

Sawyer Fredericks

Latest 'Voice' Winner Shares Pictures From The Studio With His 'Enthusiastic Team'

Peep pictures from the studio with 'Voice' winner Sawyer Fredericks!

Martha Madison

Martha Madison Will Return For The 'Days Of Our Lives' 50th Anniversary

Martha Madison has officially confirmed her plans to bring her character back.

Katrina Kaif & Ranbir Kapoor

Katrina Kaif & Ranbir Kapoor Spotted At Birthday Bash

Bollywood stars Katrina Kaif and Ranbir Kapoor were spotted in Mumbai celebrating actor Arjun Kapoor's birthday.

Longmire

'Longmire' Star Louanne Stephens 'Saying Goodbye' To Robert Taylor

Ruby is sharing her last scenes with the sheriff for season 4.

Sawyer Fredericks & Others

Who Does The Latest 'Voice' Winner's Mom Regard As 'Absolutely Wonderful' From The Show?

Sawyer Fredericks' mom Kirsten recently dished some deets about her son's upcoming album and more.

Latest News

Doctor Who

Twelve To Make A 'Cataclysmic' Mistake On 'Doctor Who', Will He Really Kill A Young Davros?

Peter Capaldi breaks the silence regarding the series 9 premiere

Agents of SHIELD

Will Deathlok Travel Back In Time On 'Agents Of SHIELD'? J Augustus Richards Poses With Hayley Atwell

Richards teases a possible 'Agent Carter' tie in and new gear for Deathlok

Raven Symone

Raven Symone Shows How She Thinks Freedom Truly Works In America?

As everyone embraces their freedom on Independence Day, actress Raven Symone made a pretty enticing point on how that works in her opinion.

Harrison Ford

Harrison Ford's Previous Plane Crash Is Not Stopping Him From Flying Again

Harrison Ford appears to be fully back on his feet amid his frightening plane crash last March.

Michelle Knight

Nationwide Hero Michelle Knight Sends Heartfelt Message On 4th Of July

Michelle Knight, who was held victim for approximately a decade in the famous Cleveland kidnapping story, has sent her fans a kind and thoughtful message on Independence Day.

Eliza Dushku

'Banshee' Season 4 Might Have Cucumbers, Horses & A Nude Scene With Eliza Dushku?

As fans wait in anticipation for more chaotic action scenes and eerie storylines from 'Banshee' Season 4, some teasers have just been revealed, one including a possible nude scene from an actress joining the series.

Jennifer Garner

Jennifer Garner Is Reportedly 'Leaning On Friends' Amid Divorce Announcement

After the shocking news was announced that celebrity couple Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner were ending their marriage, it appears that the actress is doing what she can to get by with the people who love her.

Tiger Woods Lindsey Vonn

Did Tiger Woods Cheat On Lindsey Vonn When They Were Dating?

Was the reason for Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn's breakup due to the golfer having an affair?

Charlie White Tanith Belbin

Charlie White & Tanith Belbin Celebrate 4th Of July In This 'Amazing Country'

Ice skating couple Charlie White and Tanith Belbin have sent out genuine comments to all their fans for Independence Day.

Featured Videos

From Our Partners

Chile National Team

Chile vs. Argentina Live Stream Free Online: Copa America Final, Projected Lineups and Tactical Preview

Two teams chasing the 2015 Copa America will do battle today in a match between Chile and Argentina. The South American clash scheduled for 4 p.m. ET will be held at the Estadio Nacional in Santiago and can be live streamed here. Additional TV coverage can be found on beIN Sports.

Bryce Harper

GIANTS vs NATIONALS Watch FREE Live Stream Online & Listen: San Francisco at Washington Preview

The Giants and Nationals open up a three-game 4th of July weekend series live from Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.

Germany Women's National Team

Germany vs. England Live Stream Free Online: Women's World Cup 3rd Place Match, Projected Lineups and Tactical Preview

Two nations chasing World Cup glory will do battle today in a match between Germany and England. The World Cup match scheduled for 4 p.m. ET will be held at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton and can be live streamed here free. Additional TV coverage can be found on Fox Sports 1.

Chris Froome

LE TOUR DE FRANCE 2015 Watch FREE Live Stream Online & Listen: Stage 1 Utrecht, Netherlands

The 2015 Tour De France will kick off today at 12:30 p.m. ET, when Stage 1 from Utrecht, Netherlands gets underway. Cycling fans can live stream the race online free by clicking this link.

PGA European Tour

PGA European Tour Leaderboard: Alstom Open de France Round 3 Recap, Highlights and Scores

The third day of the 2015 Alstom Open de France came to a close on Saturday, with Jaco van Zyl opening a two-stroke lead.

Greenbrier Classic 2015

PGA Tour Leaderboard: Greenbrier Classic Round 2 Recap, Tiger Woods 4 Strokes Back, Highlights and Scores [VIDEO]

The second day of the 2015 Greenbrier Classic came to a close on Friday, with Scott Langley tying for the lead with Jhonattan Vegas.

Tiger Woods

PGA Tour Leaderboard: Greenbrier Classic Round 3 Recap, Tiger Woods Shoots 71, Highlights and Scores

The third day of the 2015 Greenbrier Classic came to a close on Saturday, with Bryce Molder, Sean O'Hair, Jason Bohn and Sung Joon Park tying for the lead.

Peru National Team

Peru vs. Paraguay Live Stream Free Online: Copa America 3rd Place Match, Projected Lineups and Tactical Preview

Two teams chasing third place in the 2015 Copa America will do battle today in a match between Peru and Paraguay. The South American clash scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET will be held at the Estadio Municipal in Concepcion and can be live streamed here. Additional TV coverage can be found on beIN Sports.

Seattle Sounders

Seattle Sounders vs. DC United Live Stream Free Online: MLS Standings 2015, Projected Lineups and Tactical Preview

Two teams in opposite conferences of MLS will do battle today in a match between the Seattle Sounders and DC United. The first-division clash scheduled for 11 p.m. ET will be held at CenturyLink Field in Seattle and can be live streamed here free. Additional TV coverage can be found on UniMas.

U.S. Men's National Team

USA vs. Guatemala Live Stream Free Online: International Friendly, Projected Lineups and Tactical Preview

Two nations looking to return to form will do battle today in an international friendly between the United States and Guatemala. The match scheduled for 7 p.m. ET will be held at Nissan Stadium in Nashville and can be live streamed here free. Additional TV coverage can be found on Fox Sports 1.

Real Time Analytics