Watching 20th Century Ladies—which the director Mike Mills calls “a love letter to my mother and sisters” within the late ’70s—I couldn’t assist however suppose, This film is so now. Annette Bening, 58, performs Dorothea, a resilient single mom on a mission to higher increase her son, Jamie (newcomer Lucas Jade Zumann). She enlists her inventive tenant, Abbie (Greta Gerwig, 33), and Jamie’s crush, Julie (Elle Fanning, 18), to show him about love, punk music, and the feminine orgasm. (You recognize, the necessities.) What we get is a hilariously sincere portrait of three girls at completely different levels in life. I sat down with the celebrities to speak about love and feminism.
GLAMOUR: Elle, in a single scene your character faculties Dorothea, who’s 40 years her senior, on methods to choose the proper man.
Elle: I used to be so nervous. Each character had her scene with Annette, and that was mine!
Annette: You’re candy.
Elle: The feminism was simply all-encompassing on our set. As soon as on a movie I had a 7 P.M. name time, and I got here again at 7 A.M. and my doorman stated, “Oh, you’re sporting the identical garments you left in.” I advised Annette that story, and he or she was like, “Wow, he would by no means have carried out that to a man.” She helped me begin to see issues like that.
GLAMOUR: This movie touches on all varieties of love: romantic, platonic, familial. Annette, you’ve been married [to actor Warren Beatty] for nearly 25 years. Are you continue to studying about love?
Annette: There are tons of surprises and presents that come together with selecting to remain collectively. And I say “selecting” as a result of it’s a selection, not a advantage. Everybody who stays collectively feels for individuals who break up, as a result of all people might break up.
Greta: I’ve been with Noah [Baumbach, the filmmaker] for, what, 5 years? I at all times take into consideration that line within the film The Future. This couple who has additionally been collectively for round that lengthy says they’re in the course of their relationship, and this man corrects them and says, “No, you’re in the course of the start.”
Annette: It’s so true, since you by no means actually know the place you’re [in your relationship], regardless of how dedicated you’re.
Elle: I’m struggling in that division. Relationship is tough!
Annette: It’s all exhausting.
GLAMOUR: We see loads of intercourse within the movie—for all of you.
Annette: For girls my age! You by no means see tales about girls’s sexuality who’re of their 50s, until it’s this tragic factor.
Greta: You undoubtedly don’t see that on this nation.
Annette: And I used to be so completely happy to lastly see a fancy 16-year-old lady who is not only obsessive about boys or seems to be. I flashed again by myself experiences in ninth grade.
GLAMOUR: Greta, your character is sort of 30. Your role-playing intercourse scene with the last word handyman—William, performed by Billy Crudup—felt so weak and female and never raunchy in any respect.
Annette: Once I first learn [the script], William was like my 19-year-old boyfriend who was a surfer and labored on a ship—
Greta: I feel it’s a California factor. There’s nonetheless that man who’s like, “I constructed this canoe,” and also you’re like, “Perhaps we must always make out!”
GLAMOUR: Should you might do it yet again, what recommendation would you give your youthful self?
Elle: Don’t be so dramatic. Nothing is ready in stone.
Greta: Kiss all of the individuals you need to kiss; by no means really feel unhealthy about it.
Annette: Even when you must harm individuals, comply with your coronary heart.
20th Century Ladies is in theaters now.