There was a period of time in the 1990s where the Rom-Com Dons were Julia Roberts and Meg Ryan. Julia occasionally does a movie or an Amazon show, but Meg has been the face of a milk carton when it comes to Hollywood . She’s busy being engaged to John Mellencamp. Meg sat down with the New York Times to talk about her career, being pigeonholed into “America’s Sweetheart” roles, and her mutual breakup with Hollywood.
The New York Times basically says Meg kind of washed her hands of Hollywood after a string of bombs like the erotic thriller (and Nicole Kidman produced) In The Cut and Against The Ropes. The reporter had the balls to ask if it was her being done with Hollywood or was Tinseltown over her…and Meg didn’t seem to mind:
“It’s not a snarky question. It’s fair. I think the feeling with Hollywood was mutual. I felt done when they felt done, probably.”
Meg says her son with Dennis Quaid, Jack, graduated high school on a Friday, and she was on her way from Los Angeles to New York by the following Monday. She claims she was burnt out and “unformed” and then got artsy fartsy by saying her life felt a lot like driving around in a Rolls Royce (we all know what that’s like, right?!):
“Ever get in a car — maybe it’s a superexpensive car — and the inside’s lovely, you can’t complain about it, but you can’t hear anything outside, because there’s so much metal? There’s so much between you and everything else. You’re at a disadvantage as a young, famous person because you don’t know who’s telling you the truth.”
Meg’s not completely done with Hollywood. She said she has a Rom-Com (where she’ll most likely direct and not star) that just got greenlit, and she’s producing (and might even act in) a limited comedic murder-mystery series with Lorne Michaels for NBC. The reporter asked Meg who she thought was her “charming” heir apparent, and she mentioned names like Emma Stone, Jennifer Lawrence, and hunk o’ man meat Ryan Gosling. It doesn’t sound like Meg had a completely horrible time in Hollywood. She talked about her special bond with Nora Ephron and how the late writer/director made a movie set more than that and clued her in on how to throw a dinner party. Meg seems pretty happy now, including in her engagement to John Cougar Mellencamp, but don’t expect her to blab about life on social media anytime soon:
“Everyone is so happy on social media. It’s depressing.”
A salty-ass New Yorker who is boning a rock legend? Now that’s a sweetheart I can get behind, America!!!