The Boundless Curiosity of Warren Beatty

Two women, one compliment

Over the years, freelance journalist Judith Newman has interviewed too many celebrities to count. Writing about her encounter with Warren Beatty for the October/November issue of AARP The Magazine, she pays the 79-year-old Hollywood legend a great compliment. ‘Unlike 95 percent of the famous people I’ve interviewed, he is deeply curious about other people,’ she notes.

That is indeed a rare quality, among celebrities and regular folk. In addition to lunching with Beatty at the Sunset Tower for this assignment, Newman also met up with Annette Bening, who echos that observation about Beatty, her husband of 24 years:

“Some people pay lip service to listening to others and they’re really not listening,” Bening says. “He does. He loves actors, and while he’s shooting he’s always interested in what people are saying. He’s a terrific audience.”

Beatty on Thursday will have the curiosity tables turned when he participates in his first-ever Reddit AMA. All part of the early promotion for his new film Rules Don’t Apply, which opens Nov. 23.