Susan Sarandon on Tim Robbins Split: 'I Didn't Think It Would Ever Happen'
"People were coming up to me in the street and saying, 'I cried and cried when I heard,' " Sarandon, 64, says of her split with Robbins, 51. "Well, I was sadder! I didn't think it would ever happen, either."
Her reasoning behind the split? Things had simply run their course. "You bring people into your life at certain times. Maybe you have a relationship to have children and you realize that it's fulfilled after that point."
Sarandon and Robbins, who have two children together, never married. "I've always liked the idea of choosing to be with somebody. I thought that if you didn't get married you wouldn't take each other for granted as easily. I don't know if after 20-something years that was still true."
Now she's often asked about a new man -- her business partner at SPiN ping-pong club, 31-year-old Jonathan Bricklin. "You have to have a sense of humor. There are lots of people in my life at the moment," she says, going on to expound but not necessarily clarify: "What I've realized in my old age is that your relationship with people or with your job has to be a growing organism. It's not something where you reach a certain point and then you start preserving it. You have to nurture it, you have to stay curious and hungry and foolish. Once you stop doing that you get satisfied and you get stuck."
The star, currently appearing in 'Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps,' admits her life has taken some unexpected turns. "If you'd told me a year ago I would own a ping-pong club I would have laughed until I fell on the ground. It just kind of happened -- the people who asked me were so enthusiastic about the idea that it was infectious. I think it is a riot that everybody takes the game so seriously."
Commended by the Telegraph for being "an unpredictable and entertaining interviewee," Sarandon weighs in fantastically on a range of other subjects:
On cosmetic work: "I'm afraid of Botox. As an actress, you have to use your face. But I do think a woman has a right to do whatever she wants with her body."
Of acting onstage versus on film: "It's like the difference between masturbation and making love. When you're in movies you are almost by yourself, whereas on stage you have a relationship with the audience."
On her new tattoo, reading 'andand,' meaning 'A New Dawn, A New Day': "It's supposed to remind me that if there are disappointments or mistakes, the next day I can just start again. One of my strongest attributes is being able to change direction when I'm given the gift of something I didn't anticipate."
Is her current health kick keeping her away from recreational drugs? "I wouldn't go that far. And I do like tequila."
Of her first and only husband, Chris Sarandon, whom she married at age 20: "He was the first person I ever had sex with and my best friend. I married so young but took it very seriously; I never had that kind of free-love 1960s. I was slow to lose my virginity. In fact, throughout my life I've been with so few people; I'm one of those serial monogamists. I was never that wild, although I was a bit of a hippie chick. I think I probably still am a hippie chick."
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