>• Newly single—and brunette!—the actress, 43, savors her role as a mom looking back on her past in The Private Lives of Pippa Lee.

HOW WAS HAVING KEANU REEVES AS A LOVE INTEREST?

He’s one of the sweetest people I’ve ever met. He’s very comfortable with women—you feel that in a man.

WHAT KIND OF MOM ARE YOU [TO DYLAN, 18, AND HOPPER, 16, HER KIDS WITH HER EX SEAN PENN]?

It’s so hard—there’s no book. You learn as you go. Of course I’m biased, but they’re the greatest kids on earth. So talented, so much fun.

PIPPA’S A GREAT COOK. YOU?

I’m terrible. I make mashed potatoes, pot pies, this chicken with arugula my kids love. Boring!

SOUNDS DELICIOUS. YOU CAN COOK!

I want to cook French Laundry, Chez Panisse food—to me, that’s cooking.

ANY SECRET HOBBIES?

I knit. But I can only do scarves. I knit like I cook: I do one thing and do it well.

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