Fiona Apple Says That Being Trapped In A Room With Quentin Tarantino And Paul Thomas Anderson Made Her Give Up Coke For Good
Picture Quentin Tarantino. Good. Now picture Quentin Tarantino on coke. Yikes, right? In a recent New Yorker interview, Fiona Apple said that being trapped in a screening room with Quentin and Paul Thomas Anderson, her boyfriend at the time, while on coke, was enough to scare her off the booger sugar forever. Fiona also said her relationship with Paul, whom she met in 1997 and dated for 3 years, was “painful and chaotic,” and that he was prone to violent outbursts. He never hit her, but he had “a temper,” and did shit like throw chairs and whisper rude things into her ear at parties. Paul’s with Maya Rudolph now, they have four kids together, and I hope I never hear about him whispering a cruel word into my queen’s ears!
According to The New Yorker, Fiona met Paul during a Rolling Stones Cover shoot where he asked her if she smoked pot and then followed her to Hawaii where she went for vacation. Fiona was 20, Paul was 27. They became “an It Couple,” which, since it was the 90s, necessitated partying with Quentin Tarantino. That’s when Fiona decided cocaine was too helluva drug. Fiona stopped drinking alcohol about a year ago, but the toxic mix of PTA and QT made her give up the coke long before that.
She had quit cocaine years earlier, after spending “one excruciating night” at Quentin Tarantino’s house, listening to him and Anderson brag. “Every addict should just get locked in a private movie theatre with Q.T. and P.T.A. on coke, and they’ll never want to do it again,” she joked.
I’m having a hard time recovering from just the thought of the spittle produced in that room. *shiver* As for Paul’s bullish behavior, Fiona said she’s only talking about it now because “she wanted to put an end to many fans’ nostalgia about their time together.” IndieWire reports:
According to Apple, Anderson’s temper made their relationship difficult at times. Apple decided to stay with her dad after the 1998 Academy Awards because Anderson threw a chair across a room following the ceremony. Apple remembers telling herself, “Fuck this, this is not a good relationship.” Anderson was nominated for Best Original Screenplay for “Boogie Nights” but lost to Matt Damon and Ben Affleck for “Good Will Hunting.”
Relatable, but also, come on dude. And things only got worse from there.
In 2000, when she was getting treatment for O.C.D., her psychiatrist suggested that she do volunteer work with kids who had similar conditions. Apple was buoyant as Anderson drove her to an orientation at U.C.L.A.’s occupational-therapy ward, but he was fuming. He screeched up to the sidewalk, undid her seat belt, and shoved her out of his car; she fell to the ground, spilling her purse in front of some nurses she was going to be working with. At parties, he’d hiss harsh words in her ear, calling her a bad partner, while behaving sweetly on the surface; she’d tear up, which, she thinks, made her look unstable to strangers. (Anderson, through his agent, declined to comment.)
Hopefully he’s gotten his shit together since then. Maybe Maya’s hipped him to that caftan life. In my experience, it’s virtually impossible to be a vitriolic asshole if you’re living that caftan life right.