Earlier this week I had the treat of interviewing Andie MacDowell for the movie Monte Carlo, which opens today in theatres. She plays the mother of Selena Gomez's character, Grace Bennett, who leaves her small Texas town after high school graduation to embark on an adventure in Paris and Monte Carlo. Andie MacDowell was just as thoughtful, classy and articulate as you imagined. It was a delight speaking with her via phone, alongside a few other bloggers: @theculturemom, @rolemommy, @5minutesformom, and I'm so appreciative that she could join us to chat!
c2cmom: I subscribe to Southern Living magazine and happen to have seen your featured interview in the July issue talking about Asheville, NC. So I wanted to ask if you think there are any similarities from your parenting as with the Texan character you played in Monte Carlo?
Andie MacDowell: Yes, I do. Particularly of having just grown up in a normal small town and having this dream of wanting to go off on an adventure, which I did. I ended up going to Paris when I was 20 and having a crazy experience in Monte Carlo just like they did. So it was very deja vu for me in that aspect of the story. And, I had a wonderful time playing Selena's mother. It's a small aprt, but I think a significant part. I have a wonderful line in the movie where I tell her, it's not magic. It's not going to turn her into a whole other person and that I like her just the way she is. That sort of sets up the premise of the whole movie.
c2cmom: It's the time of year for parents to send their kids off for summer travel or to summer camps. Have you any advice for parents who are sending their kids off maybe to summer camp for a couple of weeks or to see the country or to see the world without them?
Andie MacDowell: It took me a moment to realize that I could do things that I had never allowed myself to do. It was interesting because right before I got pregnant with my son, I had planned this bicycle trip to Peru. And then, I had to put that on the backburner, and I never did anything like that. Plus, I didn't take vacations without my kids because I had to travel for work. It dawned on me, it took me a while to realize I was free to take a vacation or to do something that I had postponed for myself. I did a yoga retreat. I did something just for myself.
c2cmom: In Monte Carlo, the locations and backgrounds and colors are so beautiful that it's such an inspirational movie. For people who want to travel, or maybe have thought about doing it, it seems as though this could be a movie that could make them want to book some tickets. Are there any places you've traveled to that you would llike to travel to again or that are on your top two or three that you recommend people visit?
Andie MacDowell: I've been to a lot of different places in Africa. And I loved Egypt. I thought that was just a fascinating experience. I loved Paris, oh my gosh. Who doesn't love Paris? I mean, it was just unbelieveable. Prague is a really sweet little city. It's like a miniature Paris. I just went to St. Petersburg, Russia and was pleasantly surprised at how beautiful it was.
But, this may sound corny, but it's really the truth for me - I love any of the beaches in North Carolina and South Carolina. There's a place called Edisto, which looks like you've gone back in time because it's so remote to get to. It's kind of hard. It's off the beaten path. So, there's no modern consturction. You have to drive down this two land road, go past all these trees that are covered in Spanish moss to get to this tiny little island. And I think it's one of the most beautiful places I've been to, and it's right here in the Carolinas.
Andie also spoke about some of her upcoming projects, like her role in Footloose, coming to theaters October 2011:
Having the opportunity to be in Footloose was I think a really big coup for me. I'm so thankful that I got that job. Again, I got to watch the director direct it because I had a smaller part. I got to watch how he orchestrated it. He was just so talented and so gifted.
And I love Kenny Wormald (Ren MacCormack in Footloose). I knew Kenny Wormald because my daughter's a dancer. I've known him for years in the dance world. He worked really hard. I think he had 12 auditions to get that role. And Julianne (Hough, from Dancing with the Stars), of course, everybody loves her and knows that she's a gifted dancer.
It's fun to be in these movies. Eventhough my role may be smaller, it's fun to be in movies that people are actually going to see. It's great.
Then, I'm going to be working on an ABC Family television show called Jane By Design that happens to be written by the same writer as Monte Carlo, April Blair. And the role for me is perfect. I play an editor that's sort of like a little bit like The Devil Wears Prada. And the young girl that they've hired to play my assistant is Erica Dasher, just does a great job. She has great comic timing.
So it's fun right now. I'm working with a lot of young kids, young energy. It's a really interesting time for me. I don't know that I can jump ahead and even project for what I want for the future, but just continue to work. I enjoy my job. It's my creative outlet. And now, particularly as my children are leaving, it's important for me to have something to do that makes me feel as if I'm enjoy my life. And when I work, it's a part of my life. I like to do other things as well, but work is a big part of what brings me pleasure.