Inside Meg Ryan's Chic Martha's Vineyard Home
We’re excited to see more of romantic-comedy heroine Meg Ryan these days as she’s promoting her directorial debut, Ithaca, which stars famous co-stars Tom Hanks and Sam Shepard. But we wonder… Where is she when she’s not hitting the press circuit? As it turns out, in a pretty stunning home on Martha’s Vineyard. For Porter magazine’s winter issue, the fashion-driven publication and world-renowned photographer Pamela Hanson headed to Ryan’s Massachusetts home to capture her elegant, laid-back interiors and talk about her first director’s role, the aging debate, and, naturally, romance.
Today, the magazine is giving us an exclusive preview of the issue, complete with envy-inducing peeks into her cool, crisp home and inspiring sound bites from the successful actress and mother. Read on for a few of the interview highlights.
On aging and the media’s frenzied interest in her changing face:
“There are more important conversations than how women look and how they are aging… I love my age. I love my life right now. I love what I know about. I love the person I’ve become, the one I’ve evolved into. In my life I’ve been scrappy as hell, but I feel easy with things now. I think that comes with age. We get stuck in these conversations about looks and hair color and our roots. It’s interesting and funny for five minutes, but it’s not that interesting.”
On what fame means to her:
“Fame is a condition. It’s not an affliction. But it’s definitely something I have had an evolving relationship to. I’m the kind of person who doesn’t want to be separated out… Fame is so cheap. Actually it’s not cheap, it’s privacy that is expensive. Instagram and all that stuff is a lot of fun, but everybody has an audience now and that’s new. I think people can now relate to the idea of strangers knowing about them: sometimes that’s fine and sometimes you are misunderstood. Sometimes there’s misinformation.”
On dealing with what’s written about her by the media:
“I don’t pay a lot of attention frankly. There’s a lot of hatred in the world today, it’s so easy to judge. Imagine being a hater, how stupid! My women friends are not sitting around talking about… well, sometimes there are conversations like that, but the people I value talk about kids growing up, what kind of world they are going into, what we are eating, what we are breathing.”
On the creative process of making Ithaca:
“It was very important for me as a director to know when someone had a better idea than mine… But I really understand visuals. I understand what a frame means and how you make it more powerful.”
On hiring her ex-boyfriend, musician John Mellencamp, to write music for Ithaca:
“He’s the perfect kind of songwriter for this story. He’s world class. There’s not one speck of music that’s not his. He’s got some kind of magic touch.”
On her great friend Tom Hanks:
“He’s a dream. He’s charming and open. He’s amazing, incredible. This is just one example of what he’s like. In the film [Ithaca], he had to whisper something to loop in later. He did it 20 times, again and again! He just wanted us to be happy.”
On wearing ugly shoes:
“I like them as orthopaedic as I can find them… Comfort particularly. They make me feel tougher in New York. I won’t get knocked over as easily. I feel like I’m planted, weighted down.”
On the sexualization of today’s pop culture and the effect on children:
“I think it is worth looking at innocence. What we lose when we no longer have it. That’s a lot of what Ithaca is about. Innocence isn’t stupid, it’s powerful. Look at what that little girl is doing over there, putting her shirt on inside out. She is just so free, standing there in the sun unobserved. That’s our world and we are here to protect it. Everything has its place. Right now I just feel like I want to be noticing that kind of thing. I’m just talking for myself, I’m not preaching, it’s just what I’m interested in.”
On her view of love:
“I like it. I’m on a little break. I’m with my life right now in a way that I adore, with my kids and my world.”
On once referring to her ex-husband, Dennis Quaid, as being the “unexpected” man in her life:
“They [men] have all been [unexpected]… Don’t you think every one of them has been unexpected?”
On who is next:
“Ha! I tell you what, it will be unexpected whatever it is!”
To see the full interview with Meg Ryan, buy the latest issue of Porter, on sale globally on Friday, December 4. Also available as a digital edition, or go here to subscribe.
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