NEW YORK – A recent uncontrolled experiment revealed that two things happen when you mention the name Diane Lane in a room full of women. An admiring gasp will rise. And then the "I loved" begins: gasp: "I loved her in A Little Romance." Kepp: "The bus scene with Viggo Mortensen in" A Walk on the Moon "." Gasp: "This train scene in" Unfaithful. "" Lonely pigeon. "" Office. «» Under the Tuscan sun. "Wheezing. Wheezing. Wheezing.
Lane's friend Jane Fonda writes Diane Lane Thing on one thing: "Vulnerability – you want to protect her – you know she's nice, there's no evil bone in her body, and you feel it. She's careful and you want to put your arms around her and encourage her, and at the same time she is a real survivor. "
Along with the rest of us, Fonda also found herself in the "Unfaithful" scene – for which Lane received an Academy Award nomination – for air as the actress's character, a stray woman, allowed shame and disbelief and remembered her sometimes to flood all at once. "And [then] she laughs out loud and says, "What?" Fonda recalls. "It was the most surprising reaction. it was so effective and unexpected and diverse. And that's Diane. "
The Diane Lane Thing is deep and is real. Men love her, sure. But women love on a reflexive, almost pheromonal level that defies explanation. She is this rare Hollywood creature who, at the age of 53, appears both glamorous and radically authentic, still able to frown, wrinkle a wrinkled frown, and play a variety of competing emotions across her face. Blessed with spectacular beauty, she is still somehow related. We receive Diane Lane, and more importantly, we feel she'll get us if we're ever friends. What we really do could be if. , we could be.
Lane always experiences Diane Lane Thing first-hand. "They come to me," she says about her dizzying female fans. "It's very cute, they say, 'I love you.' I do not know [why], I can not take credit for it. "
Is not that exactly what Diane Lane would say in our BFF dreams? At a two-hour lunch break, Lane was usually all her admirers would expect: thoughtful, open, confident, self-deprecating and instinctively protective, passing a basket of bread at one point, taking a piece and saying, "Think of that Ladies Who waved away the dessert tray on the Titanic. "She shows an almost subversive altruism when it comes to her female colleagues in Hollywood who refuse to go along with the popular myths of zero-sum success and Bette-Joan catfights.
Lane's instinctive feminism is now coming into play as two new gigs: she's playing not just one, but two streaming series, Netflix's House of Cards, and the Amazon Weiner anthology series The Romanoffs. (Amazon founder and chief executive Jeffrey P. Bezos owns The Washington Post.)
Lane is still a little bit surprised to be part of the "House of Cards", let alone in the sixth and final season. In recent years, she even found a glimpse of the White House, which "triggers". She admits to admiring the show for her writing and acting, but keeping away from her nihilistic worldview. "It's a treat to be cynical about humor," notes Lane, "and then it gets kind of scary." When she had worked just over a year ago – when Annette Shepherd, played with her brother Bill by Greg Kinnear, reminiscent of comparisons with other chefs, Mercers and DeVoses – Lane considered it a risk. "And me love that feeling, "she notes. "It's just a thrill."
The quest for new experiences – and new platforms – seems to be another smart step in a four-decade career that has proven to be exceptionally long-lasting, supple, and consistently proven in its recent incarnation. There was a time when Lane had to accept an inevitable collapse at this stage of his life. "Now it's like a competition," she says with her feline signature smile. "Now it's going to be funny. Now I can say, "How far can I get that?"
There was a moment last year when the answer was, "Not as far as you think." One of Lane's first scenes in "House of Cards" was with Kevin Spacey, whose Frank Underwood was the pathological Shakespearean center of the show's transactional world. The day is remembered, she says, not because of any disturbing signals, but because, when she joined forces with a family that had been bound together for over five years, "she was under the extra pressure to deliver the goods and to suit the mood. From there she traveled to New York to be an Easter egg in an episode of "The Romanoffs"; During a break, she learned that Spacey had been fired from the House of Cards for alleged sexual offenses. The show had not even officially announced their involvement.
After a three-month break to retrain, the final season of the show ended up more focused on women, and Robin Wright's Claire Underwood, now US President, navigated a venomous and sexist political culture as she played with Annette mind games She has a difficult story. "All I know is that I've been uphill," says Lane now, "because I have more time with Robin Wright. She is amazing. Claire is impressive. And I think it's very tasty for the audience to see two women like cobra snakes doing their fascinating dance together. "
There is no doubt that viewers will be watching Claire and Annette in the "House of Cards" through the lens of #MeToo, Time's Up, the Kavanaugh hearings and the Trump resistance with feminism by Claire and Annette in the "House of Cards" , The themes of indictment and belief also enliven the "The Romanoffs," in which Lane's character Katherine Ford is a professor of Russian literature, whose election as a wife, mother, and female vocation is challenged when a family acquaintance is accused of disturbing border violation.
With the testimony of another Dr. Ford, still in the limelight, is very aware of how her work overlaps with the zeitgeist in a way that feels alien and familiar. "I remember watching The Stepford Wives when it was on TV when we had three channels, and that calmed me down," she says, "as well as Anita Hill's hearings Years later. And then there are just so many benchmark moments. , , , Have you ever put a battery on your tongue? You never forget that feeling. And somehow I feel like that, is that the norm now? "
Later, with her 25-year-old daughter Eleanor, who has decided to become an actress, she will attend a performance of the Broadway play "The Life Span of a Fact." "I'm so glad she was waiting to be ready on her own terms," says Lane. "Because I was kidnapped." There's no bitterness in her tone, just realism: Lane's father, actor and acting coach Burt Lane, raised her after her parents' divorce in New York, and her mother, a singer and model named Colleen Farrington, moved out of town. (Lane has often talked about riding when he made his living by taxi.)
She compares the kismet of her career with a toy in an arcade claw machine. "I do not mind," she says with a laugh. "I am very grateful and happy that I can manage to be selected." When she inherited her mother's beguiling looks, she also absorbed her father's vision of working in acting, which he considered an almost sacred vocation , Her first professional appearance was at the age of 6 at the La MaMa Theater in an experimental production of "Medea". When she appeared in "A Little Romance" – at the ripe age of 13 – next to Laurence Olivier, he explained her to the next Grace Kelly.
She did not exactly follow Kelly's trajectory. On the other hand, Kelly has not had an enviable career in over 70 films, TV series and plays. Known, these were not "Splash", "Risky Business" and "Pretty Woman". What if she had done one instead of the nearly universally weakened Cotton Club or Streets of Fire? She admits to having had some second thoughts along the way, but she concludes, "Is the road to madness contemplating the road?"
Perhaps the most shocking aspect of Lane's biography is that she herself, as a vulnerable child actress, has been saved from the kind of exploitation and abuse that the #Metoo movement uncovered last year. "I was Burt Lane's daughter," she explains simply. "I never knew that the couch is a verb. I heard the sentence, but I thought that was something from the fifties. "
As an adult, she has managed to create a privacy zone virtually unknown in an era of 24/7 celebritainment and civic paparazzi in Hollywood. Currently single, she has been married twice, with actors Christopher Lambert and Josh Brolin. She managed to turn her daughter into a boulevard obsession in the eyes of the stars and her children.
"It was just a consistent way to live," she explains. "The people who are always interested in paparazzi are the people who set up where the paparazzi are. It is not rocket science. I literally walked right in front of paparazzi because I'm dressed like a civilian. It felt so delicious, it was like a mouse eating a piece of cheese right in front of a cat. "
Instead, she followed the life of an unemployed actor and accepted parts through instinct, taste and happiness. "I've always pulled out this little flytrap and tried to catch what's in the wind," she says. "I throw it on the wall. Old school. "In a Hollywood culture where winning a person is another person's motive for justified murder cases, she has adopted a determined, uncompetitive attitude towards her fellow actresses.
"When I look at films I'm not in, and see work that makes me lose because it's so true, my hat to those women is so big," she says. "And very rarely do I feel like," I wish I had done that "or" I would have done it differently. "I fully support the offer on the screen or in the theater."
This feeling of altruism could explain the immortal love of Lane's female fans. "Maybe I got the dose my mother did not get," says Lane philosophically. "She was a great woman, but I think women upset her because she was so beautiful and the other sex addressed, and she knew how to play her like a violin. That was her domain, nothing that I ever felt comfortable with. So I think: Okay, maybe I got mom's girlfriends too. Maybe there is a mutual goodwill that some women feel for me. "
So Diane Lane Thing goes both ways. "I do I think the success of a woman is a win for the team because we are taking part in a journey to promote our potential, "she says. "So what's good for the goose is good for the goose."