All About Women
Meg Ryan and Annette Bening are the picture of pride in their plush suite at the Four Seasons Beverly Hills.
Their film, The Women, is set to open in theaters September 12. As they sat across from SheKnows, their exhilaration for their triumph of female film was palpable.
Astonishingly, Ryan's thrill with visiting with this writer seems nearly as high.
In the film, Ryan's husband is cheating with Eva Mendes' 'perfume girl' -- and Ryan's support group, which includes Bening, Jada Pinkett-Smith and Debra Messing, must pull together to be there for her as they see their friend through this trauma.
SheKnows: It is, first of all, such a pleasure to speak to the two of you -- and I know you Meg, have been a part of this project from the beginning. When you work on something this close to your heart, no matter how long it takes, is the reward for you any different when it finally sees the light of day?
The prosAnnette Bening: I was really excited. And Meg is a pro. For me, what that means, is she's ready. She's knows that when she comes on to the set, she sets the tone. The director [and] the leading actors really set the tone on the set in terms of keeping the discipline and people being ready. I love it when people are ready and know what they're doing.
Meg Ryan: Not messing around!
Annette Bening: Yeah, we don't have time to mess around.
(They both laugh)
Annette Bening (continuing): We want to get it done!
Balancing Mom and moviesSheKnows: That's something our readers know all about -- how much there is to do as working mothers, and finding the balance to still achieve your goals. That's one of the things that had to be so great for you all with this movie. What was that first table read like?
Annette Bening: So fun.
Meg Ryan: It was a blast!
Annette Bening: Also, because there's no pressure.
Meg Ryan: Every issue that's in the movie, it brought up these incredibly smart, articulate people all with these particular experiences sitting around Diane's table in Martha's Vineyard. [We were] all saying what we clearly felt. And there was a lot of room for disagreement. I think setting us up that way was great. We really, really respected one another's different opinions.
Annette Bening: And remember how we would talk about each other's characters? "Well, I think this about this character and you're playing this…but what about that...(Meg is laughing continuously at Annette). And I've had this happen in my life and that's more like that character. I don't think you should do this, or I think you should do that." That's the kind of spirit that was going on. That's what fun, collaborating.
An engaged directorSheKnows: It sure sounds that Diane was very much up for that task going into this.
Meg and Annette (together): Yes!
Annette Bening: She sat there with a typewriter…I do have something to say, she's typing!
Meg Ryan laughs hysterically.
SheKnows: That's got to be a little intimidating at times -- someone's writing down everything you're saying…
The video interview of Annette Bening and Meg Ryan:
Be sure to stay with SheKnows all week for our interviews with the cast of The Women and creator Diane English.
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