She’s one of Hollywood’s greatest leading ladies, so perhaps not so much of a surprise that Campari asked Uma Thurman to be the face of its 2014 calendar, shot by fashion photographer Koto Bolofo. Naturally, The Luxury Channel was invited along to Milan to speak to the lovely lady herself, as well as enjoying a few extra luxuries courtesy of Campari – including a mixology class with Campari spirits, exquisite dinners at Camparino in Galleria, and a private view of Leonardo Da Vinci’s iconic Last Supper painting.
So, down to business – how did Uma come to be involved with the calendar? “It’s a photo shoot, which all of us actresses do in tandem with our films over the years,” she says, referencing some of her contemporaries who have stepped into the role before her – Penelope Cruz, Selma Hayek and Eva Mendes among them. “To be a part of such a globally-renowned project for an iconic worldwide brand is a pleasure. I particularly admire the theme this year, as I am able to share a worldwide journey of discovery, passion and style with Campari lovers around the globe.”
The theme for the calendar is Worldwide Celebrations, with each month focusing on a unique festival from a number of different cultures around the world. Through this rather intriguing theme, Campari intends to highlight how cultures around the world have become more global than ever before, and reinterprets each celebration through its passion, spirit and style, all of which Uma is the perfect embodiment of – meaning a lot of fun for everyone involved! “It’s about the twelve different countries represented, so make-up and hair gets all excited, and my stylist Anna Bingemann gets all excited, as everyone tries to figure out how to represent Africa or England, or here or there – Australia, Japan, China – so we had a lot of fun,” Uma smiles. “It’s like a still from movies that you don’t make.”
In addition to the fun of being on a photo shoot, Uma also relished the theme of the calendar. “I’m a true enthusiast of the world,” she says. “I would like to cover it all eventually – on foot, if I could.” She adds, “it’s so beautiful to explore the world.” So, being as well traveled as she is, what are her favourite cities? “I must say, London’s become one of them,” she confesses. “I think London takes time to get to know, but I love London.”
Time is something the actress is aware she might now have on her side, following her brief hiatus from films to concentrate on her family. “I think I’d just like to get back to acting,” she admits. “It’s a nice thing – I have two older children and one baby, so I have a little window where I think I could allow myself the time without the guilt, to get back to acting.” So, what’s changed during her time off? “Having been out of it all for so long, I’ve actually taken enough time off now that my hair has grown longer, and it’s really wonderful!” she laughs.
Uma’s acting career has certainly been varied, but it’s her work and “life-long relationship” with renowned director Quentin Tarantino that have made her as well-known and revered for her craft as she is. But, as she’s no longer running around Tokyo in a yellow tracksuit, or lying on the floor with a syringe hanging out of her chest, what roles are tempting her at the moment? “We’ll see,” she smiles enigmatically, before revealing that “I’m thinking about directing.” On potential roles, she adds, “I’m digging around, reading and trying to decide.” But just as the shoots from her Campari calendar would suggest, whatever she decides upon, the world truly is her oyster.