Katie Aselton on Directing Diane Keaton, ‘Intercourse and the Metropolis’ and the Mascara She Pushes on Everybody


There’s nothing fairly like a summer-Friday, big-movie premiere, and the just-released-today Mack & Rita not solely brings Diane Keaton and an all-star solid to the large display, but additionally delivers a singular twist on the coming-of-age comedy. (Learn: There’s no expiration date on residing your greatest life). Director Katie Aselton—on the appearing facet, she’s best-known for her function in The League, and has additionally appeared in Togetherness, Informal, Legion, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Veep, The Morning Present and extra—sat down with us this week to speak working with Keaton, conserving the glam “actual” on-set, and the serum she simply received turned on to.

I’m positive you retain getting requested this, however what does it really feel prefer to direct Diane Keaton?

Nicely, it was like her first film, so, like with plenty of first-time actors, they’re very nervous. No! I’m joking! I imply, please, she is a legend. I’ve had a poster of Diane Keaton on my wall since I used to be a toddler. We replayed Child Growth at my eighth birthday celebration sleepover. That was my sleepover film. I’ve idolized, adored and revered this girl my whole life, so to work together with her was simply an absolute dream.

The best factor about Diane is that what we all know of her as an viewers, what we’ve got fallen in love with over the many years, is strictly who she is. It’s why she is so excellent for this film—she’s 100-percent unapologetically, authentically herself.

There’s a little bit of a “you’re by no means too outdated” studying within the film. What’s the bigger message on ageism?

Look, I hope that folks can watch this and see that there isn’t a expiration date on residing your greatest life. Intercourse and the Metropolis began once I was…I don’t know, I began watching it once I was in all probability round 20 and the ladies have been 40, I suppose, late 30s, early 40s. I checked out them and I used to be like, ‘Oh! There’s time!’ It was so aspirational, proper?

Now that I’m in my 40s, I take a look at the ladies on this film, Diane, Loretta, Amy Hill, Lois Smith, and Wendie Malick, and I’m like, ‘Oh, they’re my Intercourse and the Metropolis women.’ I aspire to be them, and to lean into my girlfriends, and to have a lot enjoyable, and never give two shits about what anybody else says. That’s the dream.

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You often are the one doing the appearing, however what, beauty-wise, was necessary to convey because the director on this movie?

You realize, it’s attention-grabbing…that is the primary film I’ve directed that I wasn’t in, however it’s the first film that I had cared a lot about what I regarded like! I dressed for Diane day-after-day as a result of she is so aesthetically minded. It was much less of a magnificence and that was extra of a mode factor.

Magnificence-wise, I like what hair appears like, actual hair. I hate having hair that’s too carried out. I’m a woman from Maine and I’ve a tough time loving getting tremendous glammed. I like being glammed for 20 minutes after which eight minutes of high-glam feels very arduous. I’m finally a really low-maintenance magnificence lady.

Care to share any favorites?

I’ve simply gotten into the True Botanicals Chebula Serum ($75) that I actually, actually, actually like. I prefer to try to preserve issues as clear as potential. I like ILIA’s Tinted SPF ($48). It’s actually nice. The one I’m going arduous at that I push to everyone seems to be MERIT’s Mascara ($26). I actually find it irresistible. It’s the primary time I’ve a mascara that doesn’t drip down my face!