John Travolta on Marriage, ‘Gypsy,’ Gaga, ‘Gotti,’ and Making It All Work
John Travolta recently sat down with “Extra's” Jerry Penacoli at the Reno air show, where he opened up about his 24-year marriage to Kelly Preston.
Travolta discussed the secret behind his successful marriage, saying, "It's a lot of hard work, but we do it, and we adore our children and we are having a good time with the whole thing, so I'm happy with the results of our marriage. It's been a great, interesting run, you know, here with the how-to, how to navigate through bringing up children and how to navigate through marriage, and there's definitely an art to it.”
Last month, John and Kelly attended a star-studded dinner party, which included guests Lady Gaga, Barbra Streisand and James Brolin, and producer Ryan Murphy. Travolta revealed that he was the one who initiated the party.
“I called Barbra and said, Lady Gaga is next door on her 'American Horror Story'… I met her, she's lovely, I really think you should meet her, she's a visionary like you.” So I set up a dinner, and Ryan Murphy came as well. And we just had a great time, exchanging ideas and feelings about life, and it went about six hours.”
John also confirmed rumors of a possible “Gypsy" remake, sharing, “Well, yeah, I mean Barbra wanting to do 'Gypsy' for years, and she's been developing it, and I think she always visualized Gaga as Louise and maybe me as Herbie.”
The 61-year-old star has a few projects in the pipeline, such as the FX miniseries “American Crime Story: The People Versus OJ Simpson,” in which he plays defense attorney Robert Shapiro. Of the series, he said, "I mean honestly, it's… it's astonishing, startling. And it's all conversations and pieces of information that have never been revealed to the public.”
John is also set to star as mobster John Gotti in a biopic. Kelly and their daughter Ella will be acting in the film as well. "We've been working on that for a long time; it finally came together, and Kelly will play John Sr.'s wife, Victoria and Ella will play Angel, and Kevin Connolly will be directing, and it's a good script and we haven't cast the rest of the cast yet, but we're looking forward to that.”
Though Travolta never met John Sr., he apparently liked him. “Now it will be my job to interpret the role for John Jr. and the family. I want to do it justice. I hope I do.”