LANGE: I remember when we were leaving Rome on the day we wrapped Titus. We went to the airport together, and I had the bird that I based the book on, and you said, “I’m not hanging with you in case you get arrested.” [both laugh]
CUMMING: I remember you had put it in the overhead compartment, and it was tweeting and it wouldn’t shut up. I had to do a performance in New York that night, and I thought, I’m never going to get to the theater because I’m going to be in the clink with Jessica Lange and a canary!
LANGE: I know. You abandoned me at that airport in Rome. But that’s what the story is based on—the delightful adventure of smuggling that canary back in my pocket.
CUMMING: Finally, I wanted to ask you: Do you still wash your hair in a bucket?
LANGE: Do I wash my hair in a bucket? [laughs] Is that what you asked me?
LANGE: [laughs] No.
CUMMING: Well, you used to, though, didn’t you? On the farm, you used to wash your hair in a bucket. That is one of the images I have of you—the thing that flashes in my mind is that you told me you used to wash your hair in a bucket on the farm. And I have this vision of you with an old pump in Minnesota, and big skies behind you, and you’ve got your hair inside a bucket. I even imagined you doing it in the West Village in New York, in a special, Jonathan Adler-designed bucket.
LANGE: Well, yeah, I used to do that, but not so much anymore. I wash my hair in the lake now. Does that count?