There’s only one couple that Adrien Brody will do absolutely anything for: his parents. Yes, the 43-year-old New Yorker may spend a considerable amount of time traversing the world’s great rainforests, but when he’s back in the Big Apple, mom and dad are his priority. “I’ve gotta see my folks,” he told InStyle Monday evening at a Manhattan screening of his new flick, Manhattan Night. “Whether they come to meet me or I come to meet them, or whatever, or we go see each other for a brief trip, they’re first dibs.”
And he wasn’t lying. The star arrived with his loving parents, who kept a low profile and waited for him to finish his red carpet appearance, to watch the movie in support. In fact, it’s Brody’s mother (seen in an older Instagram post below), once a photographer for The Village Voice, who inspired him to take on his Manhattan Night role, in which he portrays a newspaper columnist. At the premiere, held inside Regal Cinemas Union Square, he came to a full circle realization, thanks to her.
“What are we on? 14th [street]? The Village Voice, holy s—!, used to be in this building where we are, next to the cinema, this was The Village Voice, the last one,” he told us. “They moved actually. They’re in Cooper Square now, but this was, when I was growing up, one of the two Voices. I started when I was, like, 4, and this was the main one. It was here. I’ll tell her now. We were just talking about how we don’t recognize much of the city, how much it’s changed. And I didn’t even recognize where we were. This was the birth of the outstanding journalists.”
As for what else he loves to do once back in New York, it’s surprisingly simple. “I like to be in the Lower East Side, East Village, just chillin’, hop on a skateboard, whatever, just feel like I’m here,” he added. “I don’t need to go anywhere fancy or specific. I used to love to go to Rice, but Rice is gone, on Elizabeth. That used to be a good little haunt.”