In 1998, Susan Sarandon and Julia Roberts co-starred in the comedy-drama Stepmom, a film that explored the tensions between a stay-at-home mother (Sarandon) and her ex-husband's new, younger girlfriend, a fashion photographer (Roberts).
But the press tour for the movie did not focus not on the weepy plot. Instead, the world was fixated on the supposed feud between the two co-starring actresses. But now, Sarandon — nearly 20 years later and, conveniently co-starring in the aptly named Ryan Murphy–helmed FX drama Feud: Bette and Joan alongside Jessica Lange—is setting the record straight on her relationship with Roberts. Again.
Even at the time of the film's release, Sarandon called out the sexism that seemed to be fueling the claims of a catfight. "If you make a movie with a male star, everyone assumes you’re f—ing. If it’s a female star, everyone assumes you’re fighting," Sarandon said when rumors of a feud first surfaced, dismissing any insistence that she and Roberts had any problems with each other.
Echoed Roberts at the time: "Actually, Susan and I were kinda hoping that people would say we were f—ing. Now that’s delicious cocktail-party fodder. But this? Boring."
And this weekend, Sarandon took to Twitter to lay it all out once again. And with a simple tweet, two decades' worth of rumors met their end (hopefully).
Sarandon didn't stop there, though. She continued to use the social media platform to launch a preemptive strike on those seeking to churn up any controversy about her and her Feud co-star Jessica Lange, and to again underscore the kind of blatant sexism that prompts these kinds of rumors and the questions that female actors face in responding to them.
Appropriately, Sarandon's current project, Feud, tells the story of the backstage drama that played out between iconic actresses Bette Davis (played in the FX show by Sarandon) and Joan Crawford (played by Lange) while making the classic film Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?.
So, one last time: There's no real-life bad blood between Sarandon and any of her fellow actresses; if anything, Sarandon knows how to play the role of the rival on-screen a little too well.
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