Susan Sarandon on Using Mushrooms, Acid and Her Love Affair with Bowie!
By Antoinette Bueno
Susan Sarandon, 67, recently sat down with The Daily Beast to talk about her new film The Last of Robin Hood, and was refreshingly unfiltered when the topics of psychedelic drugs and her love life came up.
When asked about her experience at the Burning Man festival last year -- a week-long annual art event held in the Black Rock Desert in northern Nevada -- Sarandon didn't hold back when talking about her experience with drugs.
"I'm not new to the idea of mushrooms," she surprisingly admits. "I don't really like chemical things, really. Timothy Leary was a friend of mine, so that acid was nice and pure, but I'm not really looking for chemicals, and I don't like to feel speedy. But I've done Ayahuasca and I've done mushrooms and things like that. But I like those drugs in the outdoors -- I'm not a city-tripper."
Her policy on marijuana?
"Don't be stoned if you have to pretend you're not, so I'd never do drugs if I was taking care of my kids. I like doing it in the Grand Canyon, or in the woods," she shares. "You want to be prepared and not have responsibilities. It does remind you of your space in the universe -- your place in the universe -- and reframe things for you. I think you can have some very profound experiences."
"[But] It's not going to solve all your problems," Sarandon adds about her thoughts on LSD. "But, yes, I'm totally supportive of that means to reframe your universe."
The Oscar-winning actress also drops another bombshell in the already jaw-dropping interview -- the fact that she once had a "wild love affair" with David Bowie!
"He's worth idolizing. He's extraordinary," she reflects. "That was a really interesting period. I wasn't supposed to have kids, and I’m the oldest of nine and had mothered all of them, so I wasn't ever in a mode to where I was looking to settle down and raise a family, so that definitely changes the gene pool you're dipping into. But Bowie's just a really interesting person, and so bright. He's a talent, and a painter, and… he's great."