Robin Wright talks raising kids outside of Hollywood and divorcing Sean Penn

Robin-Wright_lRobin Wright seems exhilarated about starting over, both personally and professionally. In recent months, the actress has overhauled just about every aspect of her life, from throwing herself into her work again (she stars in Disney’s A Christmas Carol and the upcoming The Private Lives of Pippa Lee) to divorcing Sean Penn after a tumultuous 20-year marriage. She also recently moved back to Southern California (with kids Dylan, 18, and Hopper, 16) after spending 12 years in the San Francisco area. “I didn’t want to raise my kids in this weird, sycophantic society,” Wright says, referring to Hollywood. “If you have celebrity parents, it’s not a good recipe for the kids, or anyone at any age. Look at what Brad and Angelina go through.”

Wright’s face darkens when asked about her divorce from Penn. “I don’t want to talk about it in great detail because it will all be reflected back to him, and I’m not interested in sharing that with people,” she says. “I have no regrets. I have two wonderful kids, and when I’m asked ‘Why did you leave?’ I guess, it was just ‘I’m going over here now.'” She takes a breather to gaze out at the Pacific and adds her last two words on the subject: “New book.”

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  • Hershey

    Oh Buttercup, I’ll always love you.

  • XSEDrake

    Kelly Capwell lives…!

    • Isembard

      LOL! Guess I’m not the only old person posting.

    • SShaw

      So glad someone else knows about her on “Santa Barbara”. Loved her on that show. She’s so great , best of luck to her!

  • Justin

    He’s a truly great actor but I get the feeling he’s a real pain to be married to. It’s time for her to shine on her own now. I wish her luck.

  • Erin

    I agree with Hershey, I will always love her as Buttercup.

  • Anon.

    Best of luck! She’s a superb actress, the kind you see doing a wrenchingly real job in some non-starry film (e.g. “The Singing Detective”) and not till the end do you realize, Wow, that was Robin Wright Penn.

  • riann

    We will always adore you, Jenny/Buttercup. I’m sure you’ll be fine. I look forward very much to hearing you in Christmas Carol! Best of luck!

  • Autumnstar1205

    Great actor, classy lady, high quality human being.

  • hannah

    She is still pretty but you can tell Sean Penn stole alot of her beauty. Remember how delicate she usef to look? He’s a jerk. I wonder why she finally left him, it’s not like he could have humiliated her any more than he already had.

    • Anne

      So nice to see a beautiful middle aged woman who isn’t Botoxing. She RULES!! (Sean didn’t take any of her beauty away, what a ridiculous statement to make)

      • rory

        I agree. What a terrible thing to say. Hannah, you’re so used to seeing “reworked” faces, that you can’t recognize the real thing.

      • Susan

        I think that’s not a great photo of her.

    • Isembard

      What an idiotic thing to say. First, you have no clue what went on in that marriage, so it’s asinine to pretend that you do. Second, no one “steals” another person’s beauty. Third, mental giant, she’s easily as lovely as she always was.

    • Felicia

      I think she is twenty years older and that does and should show in a person’s face. She’s still very pretty.

    • Jessie

      “Stole it” is being kind. He treated her like total crap. Rumor is that it included physical abuse, but I wouldn’t etch that in stone, at least about Wright (Madonna for sure).

  • leo

    I’ve always thought she was one of the most beautiful, interesting women in Hollywood.
    I’d like to see her with someone like Keanu Reeves- someone gentle, kind, intellectual – they were in a film together and I saw them at a press conference here as well as the ‘red carpet’ to premiere the film and they had major chemistry.

    • Isembard

      I’ve never heard Keanu described as “intellectual” before. Respectfully (with a wink), that made my day.

      • leo

        He reads everything he can get his hands on – seriously – he’s more of an intellectual, private, quiet and spiritual person than his onscreen persona ever was. I think the whole Bill and Ted scene marked him for life which is unfortunate because the work he’s done in the last several years is alot more serious and more of who he actually is.

  • Nerwen Aldarion

    Love her so glad she is finally getting away from Sean Penn, she didn’t need any crazy in her life.

  • Marin

    Very classy interview. Jon and Kate could learn from her about how to not air dirty laundry in public! I agree that she is absolutely beautiful, and I think it is great to see someone in Hollywood aging gracefully and not getting scary facelifts or restalyn like some of her peers.

  • Tully

    Dear Robin, you are born again, wiser and more at peace. Congrats.

  • mark

    would love to follow up with your manager or agent?

  • mark

    following up in person.

  • dee dee

    Robin Wright is great. She has always been a great actress, hope to see her in more movies. Glad she let that “baggage” go and is moving on. Good for you Robin.

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