You produced Manchester by the Sea, and you’re developing other projects to produce. Will you direct any of them?
I don’t have any plans right now to direct anything. I’ve had all these near-misses: I almost directed Promised Land and then it didn’t work with my life, because of my kids and I’d been away. Every time I fire myself as a director it becomes a vast improvement for the movie. The last time was Manchester by the Sea, and Kenny [Lonergan] wrote it for me to direct. I brought it to him as a writing assignment, but when I read it I was like, “You have to direct this.” Looking back, I completely stand by the decision; it was the right thing for the movie, he told that story beautifully. I don’t regret not directing any of the things I haven’t directed. But we’ll see. I would have thought I’d have directed by now.
Some of the things you’re producing look really interesting, like the Robert F. Kennedy biography.
RFK we’ve been working on for a number of years, and Nikolaj Arcel wrote a wonderful script, so we’ll hopefully be making that soon. I have to get on the treadmill and lose about 30 pounds! But Manchester was a challenging movie to get made in the marketplace today, and we actually got really lucky; it was only because Kimberly Steward stepped up and financed the whole thing. If it hadn’t been for Kimberly, we couldn’t have even made it. It took one person being really brave and really putting herself at risk financially. So I’m glad it worked out.
I have no idea. I haven’t worked since November, since I finished Suburbicon. I’m not even thinking about work right now, which is really nice.
What do you do when you’re not working? Read, write?
I’ve been addicted to refreshing my newsfeed every seven minutes, so I’m reading a ton every day: I have The Atlantic, The New York Times, The New Yorker. I’ve got my list of newspapers and magazines; articles are just landing on my phone and I just sit down and read. But it’s all politics, so I’m not sitting down and reading great biographies. I should, but I’m not.