In our series my monday morningmotivated people tell WSJ. how they start the week.
For breakfast, Diane Keaton keeps a variety of jars of nuts on hand. She eats them followed by something else – an apple, for example – and describes her breakfast routine as a “strange mess”. “I’m not into the idea of a piece of toast. It doesn’t interest me,” says the 76-year-old actor and author.
Famous for his personal style (lots of great costumes), Keaton said, “Oh my God, no,” when asked if she had a secret to putting together a great outfit in the morning: “I have a closet and I have things in there. And I’ll just throw it away and who cares? It’s so early in the morning. Not much to say about it. Nothing great. In general, she thinks she’s too boring to chronicle routines.
Earlier this year, his book Checked in (Rizzoli) came out. In it, Keaton shares some of the many images she’s collected over the years – there’s a section on horror movies, another on dogs, as well as another made up entirely of images from the book. . Clinical diagnosis of diseases of the mouth, which she bought at the Rose Bowl Flea Market. The book also includes her own photographs and touching essays about her family.
Academy Award-winning Keaton was born in Los Angeles and made her breakthrough as Kay Adams in Francis Ford Coppola. The Godfather. She lives in Brentwood, Calif., with her golden retriever, Reggie, and has a daughter, Dexter, 27, and a son, Duke, 22.
What time do you get up on Monday and what is the first thing you do after waking up?
I get up early, around 6 a.m. And then in the remarkable and wonderful mess of life, I go for a coffee. Plain old black coffee.
Do you take vitamins?
Oh my God, let’s call it mountains. Every morning there is a plastic thing and there are pills. It’s supposed to make me healthy. So I’m just okay with that, okay? There is nothing exciting. That’s all, it’s so boring, there’s nothing interesting about what I’m doing.
Oh, oh – I take the dog, who sleeps with me on top of my bed – it’s a golden retriever and her name is Reggie and she takes up a good part of the bed – on a walk in the dark. We walk around the neighborhood; we really appreciate that. There are certain areas that are kind of open, so you can sneak around and get into those places that will become homes, where they’re just empty and it’s just land. We can run around and she can run and jump and do all kinds of things, so we’ll regret when it becomes houses and we can’t do it anymore. So you see, that’s how it rolls.
I love following Reggie on your Instagram; she looks like a lovely dog.
She’s a tweeter, and she’s a flirt. She sometimes seems to forget that I am the person who excites her.
What are some of your favorite parts of Checked in?
I love the teeth section, because I’ve had so many problems with my teeth all my life. So that always reminds me to try to be grateful for what I have because these people probably haven’t really had very good experiences with their teeth. I found them because I bought some really old books on things like teeth.
You do a lot of image collecting. Where are they found and stored?
I have this whole room full of them. I’ve found them everywhere: on exchanges and in certain types of stores that sell junky stuff, which is wonderful. I acquired a lot of pictures of houses that I found in stores, like my sister Dory who works in one of these stores where there are all kinds of kiosks. Last week, I came across one of the stalls in her antique mall, and this woman had filled these boxes full of little photographs. So I bought them all. I have so many images, and they are so powerful to me.
Is there a time of day or week when you are most creative?
I like the afternoon, around 3 p.m., it suits me well. Things start to fade and I can play.
Do you schedule a specific time to brainstorm, reflect, meditate, or journal?
I don’t meditate but I like to ride the treadmill. I really appreciate that. I will walk fast and maybe I will run a little. I give myself about half an hour on it, otherwise I would go crazy. Because that’s not exactly my idea of a good time.
Do you listen to music?
You evoke something that has so much power. I don’t play it very often. I do not want it. Because it reminds me of things that make me sad or [that I] Miss. I use it sometimes when I play; I play a little so I can really get involved in the scene. It helps me cry if I have to cry. And when I’m alone, it reminds me of things in my life, like I think about my mom a lot. God, she was just the best. That’s what music does, it takes you back to moments in time and people that meant more than anything. Don’t you feel that way? I think most people do.
It can be very emotional. On a lighter note, do you want Nancy Meyers [Keaton’s longtime collaborator] make another movie?
Of Classes She should do another movie! [Editor’s note: After this interview,
announced Meyers will write, direct and produce a new feature film for the streaming company.]
You buy, renovate and sell houses; are you working on any of them at the moment?
I live in a house that we built four years ago [ago] at least. And I really like that. And it’s kind of in a neighborhood that’s kind of a small area and there’s a lot of horses there, because there’s also a bullring around there. It would be difficult for me to leave this neighborhood. I don’t think I will ever want to. But I would like to do more. I would love to, because I grew up going to the beach all the time with mom and dad and my brother and sisters, and so I would also love for that to happen in some form or another. Maybe I would go further south, like maybe a long way south of Laguna.
What do you read and watch?
Watch depends. Like I like watching the Oscars, okay? It was there, it was whoa. I turn on the news, CNN. I scatter; it’s not like I’m dedicated to anything. So let’s give it to CNN.
What advice did you receive that guided you?
I don’t think people come up to me and give me advice, or if they did, I completely forgot about it or pushed it aside. At the beginning, I had advice. I got tons of advice from my mom, but that’s mostly because I went to her and asked her things, and then she gave me advice on the things I was asking. She was open to your thoughts and feelings.
Is there anything she said that interests you?
That’s always what she did…. She was amazing, really, for the four of us. Don’t forget she was Mrs. Los Angeles. You can’t forget how amazing it was. She had been Mrs. Highland Park and [that] was when they gave her all these gifts. It was a cornucopia of things, like washers and dryers. I was sitting in the audience and I was like, “Oh, no, oh, no, that’s me. I want that. I want to be on stage. And it’s pathetic! And that was what it was; It’s the truth. These things happen in all of our lives, don’t you think? You see something or something hitting you, or you’re just impatient to get things for yourself. Guess that’s the kind of person I am – not so great.
You were inspired by your mother.
Totally and completely. She was a marvel.
Thank you for your time and congratulations on the book.
Oh shut up! Shut up. You are a doll. Goodbye.
This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.
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