On Wednesday night at a screening of Woody Allen’s new film, “To Rome With Love,” at Manhattan’s Paris Theater, Greta Gerwig took a moment to consider her cast mates.
“I think we’re all just deeply awkward, self-conscious people,” the actress said with a nervous laugh that belied her red-carpet-ready updo and meticulously crafted Nicholas Kirkwood heels. Gerwig costars in one of the loose, episodic movie’s set pieces with Jesse Eisenberg and Ellen Page, a love triangle of overanalytic, nervous and, well, Allen-esque, types. The actress thought for a moment before continuing.
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“I think everybody he works with is so funny and talented,” she said. “I’ve never been around so many talented people at once.”
An assortment of the film’s cast turned out for the screening and eventual after party — both hosted by the Cinema Society, The Hollywood Reporter and Piaget. Penélope Cruz, Carol Alt, Alessandra Mastronardi and famed Italian tenor Fabio Armiliato, who all feature in the movie, were there. Alec Baldwin, who has a turn as a possibly imaginary interloper in said love triangle, was on hand with fiancée Hilaria Thomas. After shoving a tabloid photographer while picking up his marriage license on Tuesday, Baldwin found himself at the center of the week’s celebrity news cycle. The actor made an end run around the press line.
As usual, a considerable showing of Allen devotees also showed up, including Jon Hamm and Jennifer Westfeldt, Terry Richardson, Dianne Wiest and Julianna Margulies. Chris Rock arrived to the theater as Allen began his press interviews.
“How are you, Soon-Yi, everything working out?” the comedian said, greeting Allen’s wife, Soon-Yi Previn. Rock surveyed the clutch of reporters that had been condensed into a small corner off the theater’s air-conditioned lobby, due to Wednesday’s Rome-like temperatures in New York.
“He has to talk to all these people?” he asked in exasperation.
Despite the concern, Allen seemed unbothered by it all. The director — who cast himself in “To Rome With Love” as a put-upon father traveling to meet his daughter’s fiancé — has been on a European tour of late, filming in Paris, London and Barcelona. The permanent tourist routine seemed an odd one for a person of Allen’s sensibilities.
“I was never a traveler,” he said, glancing over his shoulder at Previn. “My wife likes to travel, so I travel. I do what she says most of the time or she gets angry.”