What's the philosophy of Los Angeles? "What number are you
on the call sheet?" Rolling calls. Rolling your calls is a fancy
way of saying you're making one call after another. I've heard
laypeople say, "I had to roll such and such number of calls," and I
almost keeled over.
Is there a place where you can witness that mentality?
Probably the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf. I always feel like everyone
is reading a script there. And everyone is reading a script at the
gym; it's a little bit of a one-industry town. At the one on
Sunset, there are a lot of people on their computers. Sometimes it
makes me really depressed when I go there, because I feel like,
I hope everyone gets a break. Some of them are probably
writing something brilliant. When I first got here, I just felt
like it was an infestation of Hollywood. I felt so accosted by how
everyone was in the same business and everyone was trying to get
the same thing. I don't feel that way anymore. Now, it annoys me
when New Yorkers kind of pooh-pooh L.A. and say, "Oh, it's full of
vapid people." Because the truth is, most of the smartest friends
of mine either have lived here or are living here - including my
fiancé, who's much smarter than I am.
What about somewhere where you can escape that mind-set? I
like the 29 Palms Inn. It's a little boutique hotel near Joshua
Tree National Park. I've only gone there in the winter. I went with
a girlfriend of mine, and we made a fire in our room. It was so
romantic - or it would have been if we hadn't been [there] with
each other. It's just so small and intimate. It feels very Neil
Young. I think they have massages there, but it's not a spa. I used
to go up Runyon Canyon and go hiking. I'm not that beachy. Now that
I'm getting old, I'm not allowed to go into the sun.