Susan Sarandon & Lorene Scafaria—The Meddler, Thelma & Louise—4/11/2016

Susan Sarandon made a big impression in 1975's The Rocky Horror Picture Show, but took her career to a new level with her Oscar-nominated turn in Louis Malle's Atlantic City. Many an iconic performance would follow, and four more Oscar nominations: for Thelma & Louise, Lorenzo's Oil, The Client, and Dead Man Walking, for which Sarandon won the Best Actress prize. Her many, many other credits include Bull Durham, Stepmom, The Lovely Bones, Tammy, and scads of television guest spots on shows like 30 Rock, The Big C, Rescue Me and Malcolm in the Middle. Lorene Scafaria wrote the adapted screenplay for Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist as well as writing and directing Seeking a Friend for the End of the World. I spoke with the pair at San Francisco's Fairmont Hotel as they promoted their collaboration on The Meddler. Our wide-ranging discussion included talk of the film's autobiographical elements, Sarandon's reflections on acting and a career in Hollywood (including the anniversary-celebrating Thelma & Louise), and the actress' desire not so much to direct as to one day make a career move into porn.