Jane Sey­mour on find­ing new love in her mid-60s: no Tin­der

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LOS ANGELES >> Jane Sey­mour was in her mid-60s when her hus­band of 20 years de­cided it was over. The ac­tress was floored.

“I had a long mar­riage and never thought it was go­ing to end,” the 68-yearold said re­cently while pro­mot­ing the se­cond season of Net­flix’s “The Komin­sky Method,” co-star­ring Michael Dou­glas and Alan Arkin. “I’m go­ing, ‘I what? I date? What? Are you crazy? How does this work?’ And then my kids would say, ‘Mom, there’s this thing called Tin­der.’ And I’m like, ‘No, that’s not go­ing to hap­pen.’ ”

But sim­i­lar to her char­ac­ter in “The Komin­sky Method” who runs into an old flame, fate in­ter­vened, and Sey­mour stum­bled upon new ro­mance. She has been with boyfriend and Bri­tish film di­rec­tor David Green since 2014, about a year af­ter her di­vorce from film­maker James Keach, who di­rected “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman,” Sey­mour’s iconic role.

“Ac­ci­den­tally I ran into some­body I knew 38 years ear­lier who had been in a long mar­riage and his mar­riage ended,” she said. “It wasn’t his choice and my mar­riage ended. It wasn’t my choice. And we ran­domly met ac­ci­den­tally 38 years later and re­al­ized we were free, and we’ve been together ever since. So I do not have to date.”

Her ex­pe­ri­ence drew Sey­mour to “The Komin­sky Method,” in which she plays Made­lyn, who re­con­nects with Arkin’s char­ac­ter (Nor­man) at a funeral fol­low­ing the deaths of their spouses.

“I do get this whole thing of having a re­la­tion­ship with some­one that’s a contempora­ry, you know?” Sey­mour said. “We’re both deal­ing with older chil­dren, exes and our fu­ture ... how long will we live? How can we stay healthy? How can we tick off our bucket list? Do we still want to work or do we feel like we’ve only just started, which is the case with me and David.”

The Emmy- and Golden Globe-win­ning ac­tress has four chil­dren and two stepchil­dren from her four mar­riages.

On top of act­ing and a busy fam­ily life, Sey­mour de­signs fur­ni­ture and jew­elry. Sey­mour re­cently had a one-woman art show in Wash­ing­ton, she writes books, runs a non­profit and pro­duces movies.

“I do what I do be­cause I love it,” she said. “I don’t think of it ever as a job ... It’s called liv­ing. So I don’t see re­tir­ing. You don’t re­tire from life.”

In fact, Sey­mour said her own chil­dren have a tough time keep­ing up with her.

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