What does our obsession with Hollywood gossip say about us?
Bonnie Timerman: I don’t care about that. I don’t think about, you know, who’s wearing what styles. I don’t really give a hoot about that. You know I care, I think, about . . . I’m not a . . . I’m really not that into gossip, you know? I . . . The things that I care about are, I think, great acting talent, whether it be on the stage or on film. I’m interested to read stories about actors like, you know, Daniel Day Lewis or the great Robert De Niro. Or you know if there’s a story or an article about, you know, actors that I respect, I always would like to read about them. But I don’t really particularly care, even if I look at these magazines, because I have to for my work in a way. I have to keep up with everything that’s going on. I don’t really care about . . . You know I care about people like Owen Wilson because I’ve worked with Owen. I’m horrified by what happened in the press after, you know, he tried to commit suicide. And my heart went out to him because I care about him. I think he’s, you know, a terrific actor and a great human being. So I kind of get mad at that . . . with stuff. I think, you know, when Robert Downey, Jr. went to jail, I went to the prison to see him. He didn’t see me, but I went there because I knew him since he was as young guy . . . a young kid and I wanted to support him. So those are the things that . . . you know that I care about or think about.
Recorded On: 12/21/08
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