I call it “a broad abroad,” says Diane Lane from over the phone in her hotel room in Manhattan. She of course is talking about her storied career emulating dynamic women who, among other things, either travel to a different country and fall in love with foreigners (A Little Romance and Under the Tuscan Sun) or fall for foreigners out of the comfort of their own homes (Unfaithful). And now she plays her latest iteration of a dislocated broad in Eleanor Coppola’s semi-autobiographical feature debut Paris Can Wait, which follows Anne, the wife of a Hollywood movie producer (Alec Baldwin), as she drives from the South of France to Paris with his flirtatious French business colleague (Arnaud Viard). Throughout the journey, which is full of great conversation over decadent meals, joyrides in an antique Peugeot convertible, and a ton of superfluous stops along the way (picnics, museums, flower markets so the car can smell nice), one can’t help but think: Lane, 52, has never looked better.
At first glance, her secret is no doubt her finger-combed, sandy-colored hair that’s just long enough to throw up in a messy pony and just short enough for said ponytail to fall apart mere seconds later. In one scene, she’s even able to make a worn-in red baseball cap look chic. It could also be that her unlined face (formerly under contract for Neutrogena) appears radiant and dewy under the abundant natural light found only in the South of France. And of course, her body has always been banging, though at the same time, not off-puttingly so. In fact, Lane has managed to appear both alluring and approachable at the same time.
“[Beauty] is about allowing for spontaneity—which is almost a dirty word in America,” says Lane of her character, who was inspired by a personal experience Coppola, now 81, had with one of Francis Ford’s business colleagues. “[Americans] are programmed to be embarrassed that we require rest, let alone indulgence or even overindulgence.”
It’s true; this fairy tale for grown-ups, which was filmed in France in the summer of 2015, before the November terrorist attacks in Paris, before Marine Le Pen nearly won the French election, and “long before the t-word reared his head as a possible presidential candidate,” she says, feels like a “well-deserved 90-minute reprieve from life…. It’s amazing what can happen when you let yourself be delighted.”
And if that type of enlightenment isn’t happening in your near future, Lane says appearing effortless and chic, especially while in a foreign country, is all about capturing a sense of timelessness with your fashion and beauty choices. “Even if you only have two and a half outfits like [my character Anne], make sure to allow for individuality,” she says. “Don’t try to take a vacation from yourself when you’re on vacation.”
Article from Vogue by KATHRYN BRANCH