Her most trea­sured pos­ses­sion? A bracelet made of ru­bies, gold, and her chil­dren’s baby teeth

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She rocks out to Geldof but nods off at the mere sight of cham­pagne and you might be sur­prised about the one law the Thelma And Louise star would like to change... In­ter­view by Chrissy Iley

What is your ear­li­est mem­ory?

I would have been about four years old and I was at home in Jack­son Heights, New York, sit­ting on the steps, star­ing at the wall above the stair­case and imag­in­ing I was see­ing films.

What sort of a child were you?

I spoke very early and was very pre­co­cious in the way that lit­tle girls are when they’re the first child. I can re­mem­ber my dad would make kites out of brown paper and we would fly them in the park across from our apart­ment build­ing. One day the kite smashed and my fa­ther said my lit­tle chin was quiv­er­ing, but I turned and said to him, ‘Don’t worry Daddy, it will be all right.’ I think that says a lot. You should be burst­ing into tears, not telling your fa­ther it will be all right.

What is the worst thing any­one has ever said to you?

In the lead up to the Iraq War some­one called me an ‘Amer­i­can hat­ing ****.’ I was with my son and it was in the mid­dle of the day. I wasn’t even par­tic­i­pat­ing in any­thing po­lit­i­cal at the time – at least then you can ex­pect things like that. It re­ally caught me un­awares.

Who would your dream din­ner date be?

I miss Gore Vi­dal and I miss Ti­mothy Leary. They were fas­ci­nat­ing men. I’d love to have din­ner with them again. I’d also like to sit down with the new Pope and talk to him about a few things. He’s a marked im­prove­ment on his pre­de­ces­sor and has made great strides in open­ing up the hon­esty of the Vat­i­can, but there are still a few prob­lem­atic ar­eas.

What or who do you dream about?

I haven’t had this for a while but for years I had a recurring dream where a catas­tro­phe had hap­pened and I was try­ing to round up my sib­lings and there was al­ways some­one who was giv­ing me a hard time. Some­times we were try­ing to es­cape a flood, some­times it was wild an­i­mals. And there was al­ways some­one lag­ging be­hind that I couldn’t find.

Which liv­ing per­son do you most de­spise?

Those people who have en­dan­gered and ru­ined lives through lies. For in­stance, the Bush regime. It is still af­fect­ing so many people who gave their hearts and souls to what they thought was a cause, that was in fact com­pletely bo­gus. Many people did not have the courage or take the time to re­ally stand up un­der pres­sure. I am dis­ap­pointed with those people, in­clud­ing the Democrats who voted for the Iraq War with­out think­ing it through. It’s go­ing to have reper­cus­sions for my chil­dren for a very long time.

What is your most trea­sured pos­ses­sion?

A bracelet made out of my chil­dren’s baby teeth. It’s very beau­ti­ful. Each tooth is con­nected with a lit­tle gold thread and a ball. The mo­lars look like tiny pearls and there is an opal, which is my birth­stone, and three lit­tle ru­bies. If I lost it I would just die.

Tell us a se­cret about yourself?

I keep a scrap­book of my life. Be­fore I had chil­dren I used to write in jour­nals, but now I keep me­men­toes – pic­tures, air­line tick­ets, post­cards.

If you could change one law, what would it be?

I would le­galise mar­i­juana across the board every­where, with reg­u­la­tion of course. I’m not re­ally in­ter­ested in drink­ing, cham­pagne

makes me fall asleep…

What keeps you awake at night?

There’s no one spe­cific worry, but it’s all the loose ends. All the things that hap­pened in the day that I have to re­mem­ber. All the lit­tle things on my to-do list. All those lit­tle de­tails. If I give my word on some­thing I want to get it done, so I’m al­ways check­ing to make sure I fol­low through.

If you could edit your past what would you change?

I would like to make my mis­takes faster and then en­sure I didn’t re­peat them. That said, things that have been a dis­as­ter have ul­ti­mately been the great­est lessons.

What has been your big­gest dis­ap­point­ment?

That I don’t al­ways live in the present. Some­times I get pushed along by the tidal wave that is my life and I get a bit lost. I’d like to be bet­ter at that. I blame the fact I have two sides to my per­son­al­ity; the one who wants to be grounded and the one who wants to be free. Liv­ing in New York has made it eas­ier to stay con­nected. If I was iso­lated be­hind gates in Beverly Hills I won­der if I would be able to main­tain my con­nec­tion to the big­ger pic­ture at all.

Su­san Saran­don’s new film Tammy is out on July 4

‘I have a bracelet made out of my chil­dren’s baby teeth. If I lost it I would just die’

Su­san Saran­don in Tammy

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