// GERARD BUTLER I wonder if it was the same with you when you came here. What fascinated me was the incredible openness of the people here. The curiosity. The willingness to try things. You hardly meet anyone here who’ll say: That’s not possible. We’ve never done things that way before, and we’re not doing them that way now. No, here the idea is just one step before the action. It may sound kitschy, but it also gives a lot of freedom. We just talked about the similarities between Hollywood and Silicon Valley.
// MARK BEZNER Maybe that’s to do with the history. When it came to colonising the American West, California was the ultimate destination..
/ / GERARD BUTLER Do you mean that only optimists would have travelled this far? You could be right. It would at least explain why there are more dreamers here than anywhere else in the world.
/ / MARK BEZNER And more pioneers.
/ / GERARD BUTLER Yes, there is possibly something in that.
/ / MARK BEZNER Do you now feel you’re a Californian?
/ / GERARD BUTLER ( laughs) At heart, I remain a Scot. But I’ve found a new home and I love living here. This has a lot to do with the openness of the people here, which we mentioned earlier. Here people don’t look at me sideways when my Scottish humour breaks out. On the other hand, I probably still view this country with different eyes compared to those people who were born and raised here. I mean, this incredible light and the blue of the Pacific – it’s constantly a revelation for someone used to fog and rain. And, of course, the food.
/ / MARK BEZNER Is that important to you?
/ / GERARD BUTLER You mean that because I’m from the British Isles, I’m not exactly pampered in this respect? Yes, it’s very important to me. I love Californian cuisine. It’s like the whole state. Colourful, diverse, full of different influences. Mexican, Asian and European traditions mix here. And it’s typically Californian not to be constricted by these traditions, but to be inspired by them. This isn’t just about what you eat. It’s also about how. Californians love to eat together from large platters. Do you know what I mean? Being together is just as important here as eating. Maybe even more important. That’s a great attitude, I think.
/ / MARK BEZNER Dangerous if you want to wear fitted shirts.
/ / GERARD BUTLER Oh, not necessarily. Here people attach great importance to healthy, fresh and unprocessed food. Certainly more than anywhere else in the States. With all their laissez-faire approach to life, people here live very mindfully. They pay a lot of attention to the quality and origin of the things they consume. And that applies not just to food, but also ...
/ / MARK BEZNER ... to clothes?
/ / GERARD BUTLER Yes, of course, clothes too. For instance, I have looked in detail into how you ensure that your products are manufactured fairly and sustainably.
/ / MARK BEZNER And did we pass your inspection?
/ / GERARD BUTLER (points to himself) Well, you can see what I’m wearing!
An assistant rolls a clothes rail with outfits past the terrace door.
/ / GERARD BUTLER Oh, we’re ready to go. Looks like there’s work to be done. Get yourself ready for a costume change!
/ / MARK BEZNER Scottish humour?
/ / GERARD BUTLER (laughs) Scottish humour with a Californian background.
MY STYLE. MY STATEMENT.