You mentioned before, your co-star, Raoul Bova. Were you familiar with his work?
SJP: We actually had done a Gap campaign together [laughs]. But he is a big, massive star in Italy. Like, crazy. I mean, when we were shooting, the streets were lined with people wanting to get a glimpse of him. He has a big, big profile in Italy. And he’s also just a very dear, tender person and very pleasant to work with, truly. I mean, it’s boring, but I really liked him.
You’re known for your sense of fashion both on screen and off. What was your input on All Roads Lead to Rome?
SJP: I have input, as all actors do, with the costume design. But I don’t think of it as "fashion," really. I think it’s part of telling the story. From early on in my career, long before Sex and the City, perhaps because I come from a theatre background, that part of the creation of a character is incredibly important. I love that part of the process. I not only look forward to that part, but I find it necessary. As any costume designer will tell you, I will try every single thing on. I’m very detail-oriented about that. Very specific. And I think it’s very important to make sure it’s not about vanity, but rather about the character. So, yes, I have a lot to do with that.
How did that play out on this film?
SJP: Ella Lemhagen, her sister Moa was the costume designer on this film. She does a lot of Ella’s movies in Sweden. So it was really nice to work with her. It was a limited budget, so we had to be thoughtful, strategic and clever, but that also clicked with the character. You know, Maggie isn’t someone with money, nor is she someone who’s interested in fashion. She dresses in a way that’s considered appropriate for her life.