The 48-year-old actress said, probably with a twinkle in her eye, of her life with 34-year-old actor Foster,
I’ve never been happier in my life than I am today. Perhaps it’s not ladylike [to say], but I’ve never laughed more, read more, or come more than with Ben. He inspires me to be the best of myself. There’s so much to learn. It’s endless. How great! It took me a long time to grow up. Love is possible as life is possible.
Wright was married to Penn from 1996 to 2010 and together they have two children, Dylan, 23, and Hopper Jack, 21, who “are getting their feet wet in the biz.”
She said of her ex rather guardedly, “I’m not in the business of talking about what ‘isn’t’. My eyes are set forward and I’ve never been happier. I have too much respect for Sean and our two extraordinary children to sell our past joys and woes for public consumption and fodder.”
About their marriage, Wright added, “I believe we were together not only to have our beautiful children but to learn how to love … for the next time around, the right way. And then, what I’m looking for in people now,” she adds, “is kindness.”
The magazine noted they reached out to Penn in case he’d like to provide a statement, and his publicist Mara Buxbaum responded in an e-mail: “Sean is traveling and not available to participate.”
Anyone who’s watched the tantalizing Netflix series House of Cards has probably, at one time or another, become enamored with Wright’s character Claire.
Starring opposite of Kevin Spacey‘s character, President Frank Underwood, part of the reason why fans of the show cannot get enough of the villainous couple (despite their wanton manipulations, their murders, or their constant political plotting which casts a shadow over their human morality, and mortality, for that matter) is because of Wright’s exquisite portrayal of a powerful, albeit icy, woman anti-hero.
Creator of the show David Fincher added on Spacey and Wright that “A lot of people were asking, Is this meant to be Bill and Hillary? It shouldn’t be, but what I do love—especially with Bill and Hillary—is there’s an unfathomable place at which they meet, and you’re not going to get to the bottom of it. That was kind of where we started.”
Tom Hanks, her Forrest Gump co-star, also added that Wright is “without a doubt the absolute equal to Kevin Spacey. Perhaps she even tops his character, because you get a sense of how afraid he is of her, and rightly so. In a lot of ways, she’s like the female version of Bryan Cranston as Walter White in Breaking Bad—someone loaded with secrets and so very self-aware. It’s a perfect match of story, character, and actor.”
And what does Wright have to say? “I feel as though I’ve just graduated. I mean, I never went to college. I was pregnant at 23. You hear people say how they have ‘arrived,’ but it was just always there, waiting to come out. For me, it just took a long time. I’m 48. I’m finally a person. I think I’m finally ready.”
And thank god because what would we do without Robin Wright as Claire Underwood in the show?
Vanity Fair‘s April 2015 issue will be available on March 12 and internationally on March 17.