Tina Eshleman of Richmond Magazine spoke with Meg Ryan recently about her experience directing ‘Ithaca’ this summer. Click on the link below to be forwarded to their website and read the entire interview. It’s worth it! The interview comes in three parts, so be sure to click on pages  and  too. Here are some quotes from the interview, about working with Tom Hanks, her son Jack and Sam Shepard.
RM: I read that Tom Hanks plays a cameo role in the movie. What was it like working with him again?
Ryan: I’m just so overwhelmed by his generosity and his friendship. He didn’t have to do what he did. This is how gracious he is — he thanks everyone else for letting him come to be there. I mean, he is just such a gift to everybody, and it was wonderful to be around him. He’s worthy of all of our admiration and our love.
RM: Had you worked with Jack, your son, before?
Ryan: No, but what was amazing is that when I was there with him on the set, I thought about how this is just one more step from what it’s been like to be around him his whole life. I’d be at my house and out of one door would come one of his friends dressed as some strange cereal box character and out of another door somebody else comes out. and they’re shooting a little video about the invasion of the world by the Trix rabbit! Jack is so odd and great and creative. His whole life, he’s been writing and, in a way, directing and acting and having so much fun. He came to our set right after doing an HBO series that Martin Scorsese is doing with Mick Jagger. So, Jack came to me after he had just been on a very prestigious and cool set. Here, he’d just worked with Martin Scorsese and we got him next. It was so cool to see him have that much fun. The thing he’s doing for HBO is a period piece in the ’70s [about the rock ’n’ roll industry], so he had to come down and shave off his lamb chops and an enormous amount of hair so that he could become a period soldier in 1942.
RM: And how about Sam Shepard [who plays Willie Grogan, a philosophical telegrapher]? Have you ever worked with him before?
Ryan: No, and he is everything you’d hope Sam Shepard would be. He is such a refined and powerful actor. He’s an intelligent man but he’s so funny and he’s really fun, and when you sit next to him between takes, he’s talking about the play he’s writing. He’s to be admired for so many things and rightfully so. He’s one of our great American playwrights. And he’s a blast to talk to. He’s deep and funny and kind. MORE
Website Starkiddo has several photos of Meg Ryan and 10-year old daughter Daisy out and about in Soho NYC Saturday afternoon. Click on the screenshot below to be forwarded to their website.
On Monday morning Meg was seen taking daughter Daisy to her school, before a snow storm was scheduled to hit the Big Apple.
Meg and Daisy were seen out shopping on Sunday afternoon in NYC, with Meg carrying a bag with books and magazines from the McNally Jackson Books store.
According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch Meg will be back in Richmond, Va. on February 3rd to keynote the “20th Annual Women & Wellness Forum Series” at The Jefferson Hotel.
Meg Ryan, the director producer and actor, will be back in Richmond on Feb. 3 to keynote the “20th Annual Women & Wellness Forum Series” at The Jefferson Hotel.
Ryan was in Richmond last year filming “Ithaca,” her directorial debut.
The luncheon benefits women’s cancer research at VCU Massey Cancer Center. Tickets to the luncheon are sold out, but “simulcast experience” spots are still available. The event begins at noon and the simulcast will be broadcasted in The Jefferson’s Empire Room.
Happy New Year to all our visitors! Starting the fansite’s year with a throwback thursday #TBT photo. Another gem from the When Harry Met Sally set in 1988, showing Meg Ryan with Rob Reiner and Billy Crystal.
It’s time for another #TBT Throwback Thursday picture. This one shows Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks in ‘Joe Versus The Volcano’ (1990). It was already on our Facebook page some weeks ago, but forgot to post it here! You can find another new #TBT picture (click) today on our Facebook page.
On Thursday evening Meg Ryan was present at a special private NYC screening of the upcoming movie ‘WILD’, in support of her longtime friend Laura Dern. The screening was hosted by Ben Stiller and director Noah Baumbach. At the screening Meg was seated next to Delia Ephron, sister of the late Norah Ephron.
The Washington Post has an excellent article this week on Tom Hanks, who has been named a Kennedy Center honoree, with a new quote from Meg Ryan about Tom Hanks.
Making movies, Hanks says, is simply “more fun than anything [else] I can imagine.” It’s more than the action. He loves the conversations he has with people on the set, and not just with other actors, but sometimes the unit photographer or crew members. That curiosity, that desire to connect with others, has not gone unnoticed. Meg Ryan, who has starred with Hanks in two of his most successful films, “You’ve Got Mail” and “Sleepless in Seattle,” has watched him pepper other people with questions.
“It’s just so lovely and contagious,” she says. “And it does mark him as different, not just from actors but from people.”
And the recent Bunte article had this new quote from Meg about working with Tom Hanks on the set of ‘Ithaca’ this summer in Virginia.
“Isn’t it wonderful? He has a small part, only a few scenes, but he is just fantastic. When he left (the set) after ten hours, everyone was in love with him. He was open, he was there for me and he made everything more easy. He flew in especially for this and did me a huge favor.”
Germany’s largest entertainment magazine Bunte this week had an 8-page article on Meg Ryan which includes several fullpage photos from a brand new photoshoot done last month in NYC! There is a short interview with it, some new quotes and some old ones. Will post a translation of the article later. If you’re not a member of our gallery, you can see two of the photos on our FACEBOOK page.
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