A Minute With: Susan Sarandon on new film, single life

Wed Mar 14, 2012 9:37am EDT
 
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By Zorianna Kit

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Academy Award-winning actress Susan Sarandon plays a widow disappointed in her sons and unhappy with her life in new film comedy, "Jeff Who Lives at Home," in U.S. theaters on Friday.

The film stars Jason Segel as Jeff, a directionless, pot-smoking man who lives in his mother's (Sarandon) basement. Meanwhile estranged brother, Pat (Ed Helms) is convinced his wife (Judy Greer) is cheating on him.

Directed by Jay and Mark Duplass, the film follows Jeff during one day as he embarks on a new path down the road of life upon which he is convinced the cosmic universe has set -- thanks to a series of odd signs.

Sarandon sat down with Reuters to talk about the film, having sons smoking weed at home and what life has been like as a single woman since splitting with Tim Robbins three years ago.

Q: What made you decide to star in a low-budget, independent movie like this one?

A: "I loved all the twists and turns and I was moved by the reconciliation of the family. I was also moved by the questions Jeff is asking. Every film is a different universe, and I thought this would be a fun universe to drop in on."

Q: Most of your time on screen is spent in an office environment while your 'sons' have their own storyline. Did you feel isolated from the rest of the cast during shooting?

A: "She's kind of isolated anyway, that's the point. Everybody in that family has become estranged from each other and is isolated. Even though Jeff is living downstairs, he's on some kind of nocturnal schedule and she's going off to work and really upset she's not able to have fun. But I felt connected to Jason and Ed probably because I saw them off the set."   Continued...

 
Cast member Susan Sarandon is interviewed at the premiere of "Jeff, Who Lives at Home" at the Directors Guild of America theatre in Los Angeles, California March 7, 2012. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni