Posing for photos alongside her Fall cover of DuJour, actress Uma Thurman was dressed in a chic black suit on the evening of Sept. 25 at the Magic Hour rooftop at the newly opened Moxy Hotel.
She spoke to DuJour publisher Jason Binn about her upcoming Broadway debut in The Parisian Woman. “I couldn’t possibly be more excited. I’m just sort of getting my head around the prep,” she said when DuJour interviewed her for its cover story.
The Broadway show is titled The Parisian Woman, but actually revolves around an ambitious Washingtonian, Chloe, and the lengths she goes to help her husband (played by Josh Lucas) secure a powerful position in the modern-day political landscape. Based on La Parisienne, a 19th-century French comedy by Henry Becque, it was written by House of Cards creator Beau Willimon, whose celebrated 2008 play Farragut North was based on his experience as a staffer on Howard Dean’s 2004 presidential campaign. “He’s an inspiration, actually,” Thurman says. “His writing is so sharp and so witty and funny and dry and fast and also deep and provocative.”
It’s surprising that Thurman’s thirty-year career hasn’t yet included a stop on Broadway. She’s clear to note that that’s not for any lack of interest on her part. In fact, it’s been a much focused-on career goal that she’s carefully plotted, waiting for just the right time— and the time is right now. In prior years, finding the time to even see a Broadway show was difficult. Her oldest child, daughter Maya Thurman-Hawke, a model and student at Julliard, is 19 years old, son Levon Roan Thurman-Hawke is 15 and Luna, Thurman’s daughter with former fiancé Arpad Busson, just turned five. “I’m finding myself a little freed up,” she says. “Twenty years of having a child somewhere in the super neediest ages has its blessings and its challenges to your time; but I think I’ll be able to get out more in the future.”
Thurman in this moment is readying herself for center stage. She’s well aware of the physical and emotional toll that eight shows a week has on a person and isn’t taking it lightly. “It’s so much work. I’m scared. I feel like I’m at the base of a very steep incline,” she says. “It’s going to be challenging beyond words. I’m going to do just about whatever I can.” There’s no doubt that she will and that the results will be sublime.
Notable attendees there to celebrate alongside Thurman were FOX News Kimberly Guilfoyle, hotelier Vikram Chatwal, Related Companies’ Jeff Mancini and Real Housewives of New York Dorinda Medley and Ramona Singer.
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