Scarlett Johansson by Patrick Demarchelier for Interview, October 2013
Jennifer Lopez by Mark Seliger for GQ, 2002
Emma Watson by Michael Thompson for W Magazine June/July 2013
I think you learn from life, I don’t think you learn from work. People always say, well what did you learn from this character? And I’m like, no what I learn in my life is what I apply to work. I don’t learn a lot at work, it’s a little bit like saying—how do films influence culture? Well, how does culture influence film? Film doesn’t do anything original. What art does is reflect culture back to the world at large. What I’ve learned as a human being, as a parent, as a spouse, and as a friend and worker, all of those things I take and put into my work.
I can’t believe she’s 37 now.
Shannyn Sossamon by Ravi Dhar, April 2013
Winona Ryder by Craig McDean for Interview, May 2013
State of Cinema: Steven Soderbergh
Given all the incredible suffering in the world I wonder sometimes, what is this art for? I mean, if the collected works of Shakespeare can’t prevent genocide, then really, what is it for? Shouldn’t we be spending the time and resources alleviating the suffering and helping other people instead of going to movies and plays and art installations? When we did Oceans 13, the casino set used 60 thousand dollars of electricity every week. Now, how do you justify that? Do you justify it by saying “You know, the people that are putting out that electricity, they can watch the movie for two hours and be entertained”—except they probably can’t, because they don’t have any electricity, because we used it. [laughter] Then I think, what about all the resources spent on all the pieces of entertainment—what about the carbon footprint of getting me here? Then I think, why are you even thinking that way, and worrying about how many miles per gallon my car gets, when we have NASCAR, and monster truck pulls on TV? So what I finally decided was …art is simply inevitable. It was on the wall of a cave in France 30,000 years ago, and it’s because we are a species that’s driven by narrative. Art is storytelling, and we need to tell stories to pass along ideas and information, and to try andmake sense out of all this chaos.