ARCADIA, Calif. -- Diane Lane is sitting at table in the Director's Room of Santa Anita Park, overlooking the race track as the sun begins to set over the San Gabriel Mountains in the distance. She smiles as she gazes at the scene before her, shaking her head before shifting her attention to the person sitting in front of her.
"It's beautiful, isn't it?" she says.
Lane had never been to a race track before she began filming "Secretariat," which comes out in theaters Friday. In the film, Lane plays Penny Chenery, the owner and breeder of Secretariat, who in 1973 became the first U.S. Triple Crown champion in 25 years, setting race records in the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont Stakes that stand to this day.
I recently had a chance to sit down with Lane and asked her about shooting the film, working with horses and the perks of sitting courtside at Lakers games.
Markazi: I was told you weren't a big sports fan, but I've seen you at a few Lakers games over the years. How would you classify yourself when it comes to sports?
Lane: Well, I'm a girl, but that doesn't mean I don't appreciate greatness and the struggle of sports. My situation -- and I've always said this even in politics -- is may the best man win. I'm not team-bound. I don't feel a bond to any one team. I do with the Lakers because I've lived in Los Angeles for so long and they have so much heart and talent, it's almost an unfair situation in a good way for Lakers fans. I just enjoy going to the games, but if you're watching the Lakers play it feels good to be rooting for the Lakers. You're on the winning end of things most of the time.