by David Walters, Cntraveler, August 2016, Photo by Clare Shilland
The actress and Belstaff Ambassador talks to us about her most memorable travel experiences, from shooting commercials at the world's tallest waterfall to finding serenity in Maine.
Your all-time favorite vacation: "A friend and I went to Kenya for two weeks. We stayed at a beautiful property, Hippo Point, on Lake Naivasha, and there was wildlife everywhere-flamingos in the lake, giraffes and zebras in the fields, chatty monkeys outside our bedroom windows. Then we took a helicopter to Samburu County, in the northern part of the country, and stayed at Sarara Camp. One night we slept in a dry riverbed and awoke to paw prints outside our tents."
Most memorable food you've eaten while traveling: "When I was 18, I spent three months in Siena, Italy, filming Stealing Beauty, and had some of the best pasta I've ever eaten. Every day on set, we'd have delicious lunches under a tent that the director, Bernardo Bertolucci, bought in Morocco while filming The Sheltering Sky. It was summer, and after the meal, these huge bowls of deep-red cherries on ice were brought out... I can still taste them."
The last time you felt truly inspired while on the road: "Watching the bats fly out from under the Congress Avenue Bridge at sunset in Austin, Texas. We lived there for a couple months while I was filming The Leftovers. It's an incredible sight, you have to see it to really understand it-there are seriously millions of bats!"
The best part of playing Amelia Earhart in Falling Up, a short filming for your capsule collection with Belstaff: "You're sort of putting together a whole film in two days-it's intense, but also fun. I still can't believe how ahead of her time Earhart was."
Most exotic place work took you to: "Angel Falls in Venezuela. I shot a Bongo jeans commercial there when I was 16. The commercial, in retrospect, was hilarious, but filming it was an amazing adventure. We traveled in canoes for six hours upriver until we arrived at a camp across from the falls. It looked like what I imagine the world was like in the time of dinosaurs."
Last item you bought in duty-free: "I don't shop for makeup often, but when I'm at Heathrow Airport I go nuts! The beauty and makeup selection is just so good. The last time I was there, I picked up Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat and a few Tom Ford perfumes."
Last place you got lost in: "The markets in Marrakech this past Easter. My fiance and I took the kids to Jemaa el Fna and made our way down the twisting, turning alleys of the souks. You can buy just about everything-spices, carpets, furniture, slippers, pottery-it's like an endless maze. In my defense, it's impossible not to get lost."
What you always tell friends to do in your home state: "I grew up in Maine, picking wild berries that grew all over the place-in fields, on the side of the road. Two summers ago, we rented a house on a beautiful island called North Haven, off the coast of central Maine. My son Milo and I went for walks and filled a big bowl with blackberries and blueberries and ate them with homemade whipped cream. Heaven. It reminded me so much of being a child. I loved sharing that simple pleasure with him."