Woman on a Mission
Tatler Hong Kong|January 2022
Actress Susan Sarandon talks travelling with kids, the importance of experiencing otherness, and a disappointing meal at the Vatican
Coco Marett
In 1997, Susan Sarandon made sure she died before Christmas.

“I was filming Stepmom. As a producer, I was able to schedule it so that I died before we took our Christmas break, so I could eat,” recalls Sarandon, who had to lose a significant amount of weight for her role as Jackie Harrison, a mother diagnosed with terminal cancer.

That Christmas, the Academy Award-winning actress found herself riding camels in Morocco’s Sahara Desert with her three children. Her youngest, actor Miles Robbins, was five at the time.

“One of your duties as a parent is to make memories,” she says, adding that she is a “compulsive scrapbook maker”.

Beyond making memories, Sarandon felt it her parental duty to expose her children to different cultures and experiences from an early age, believing that travel is the key to shifting perceptions and combatting prejudice.

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