Robin Wright Penn on Weathering Marital Storms

May 13, 2009 By:
Robin Wright Penn on Weathering Marital Storms

Although at press time Sean Penn, husband to Gotham cover star Robin Wright Penn of 13 years, filed for divorce, the actress reveals in the pages of the May/June issue of Gotham that she agrees with this: her The Private Lives of Pippa Lee character's statement that "marriage is a state of will."

In the issue, Robin talks to Gotham magazine about weathering marital storms, her kids reading about her in the tabloids, her studio versus indie films and where she goes to get her news. Here are some highlights from the interview:

Robin on marriage: "That's the work, but that's what you sign up for. And it pays off beautifully, it really does. The outcome, the reward is so great because then your love grows out of those hard times. You have a companion, a partner in it-you're going through the hard times together, and you come out on the other side. And another wave of difficulty will arise and you'll have the experience of how great the reward was last time. The conditioning of faith is what prevails."

Robin on her kids keeping up with celebrity tabloids and news shows: “I mean, they buy their trash mags and watch Entertainment Tonight and all that stuff, but I think it’s so boring because they’ve lived it for so long that it’s not of interest.”

Robin on how she gets her news: "[For] news, probably the Internet or whatever comes up on the screen, or I'll watch CNN. But otherwise, no, I'm not a blog wonk or anything like that. Not into the Facebook ‘social networking' thing. I'd rather sit in the living room and have a conversation with a friend."

Robin on her upcoming role in this summer’s indie movie, The Private Lives of Pippa Lee and her big budget movies: “I don’t really gauge the quality between those two. The only difference is your trailer is a bit smaller and you have less time to shoot the indie films.” She continues, “It’s really about the material, and who you’re working with. Pippa was something we had been trying to do for a year… that was truly a passion project.”