Greta Gerwig

Annette Bening wonders: Can kids and parents ever truly know one another?

Annette Bening wonders: Can kids and parents ever truly know one another?

To appreciate how an actor artfully navigates the constant, bicoastal demands of awards season, it’s helpful to peek inside Annette Bening’s takeout coffee container.

Not long ago, the four-time Oscar nominee breezed into the lobby of the London Hotel in West Hollywood, trailed by Warren Beatty, her husband of 24 years. They were there in the late evening to participate in an intimate Q&A supporting Beatty’s latest movie, “Rules Don’t Apply.” Bening looked remarkably fresh for someone who had been in New York attending the Gotham Awards just the night before.

Her secret? Bening smiled, opening the plastic lid of the coffee cup, revealing the red wine inside.

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