Ms Banfield introduced Ms Porizkova and Mr Sorkin, 59, via text message, and they began to correspond. A month later, she flew to Los Angeles to go on a date. (Contacted by email, Mr Sorkin said he prefers not to comment on people unless he’s working with them, “but if Paulina is ever a filmmaker on something I write, I’ll give you a thousand. words. “)
On the West Coast, Ms Porizkova also spent time with relatives, including Colleen Otcasek, 57, wife of Ric’s eldest son Chris, and Olivia Otcasek, 22, daughter of Colleen and Chris.
Colleen, herself the model and daughter of 1950s screen legend Don Murray, has said that after decades of expecting to be beautiful and quiet, Paulina wants to be reconsidered. “I know it’s something she struggled with in the ’80s and’ 90s,” Colleen said. “I think she wanted to be known as being very smart. She was a model at 17 and she does all these interviews with people who have big questions about her perspective on life. The media do not recognize that they are looking for the wise words of a teenager. “
Even for Olivia, an ever-sharing Insta generation product, Paulina has the ability to break through the reserve. “She pulls that openness into us when we’re together,” Olivia said. “My mom and I are great, very close, and we think we talk about all topics. But when Paulina is there, it’s like, ‘Grandma is here, let’s talk about sex!’ “
Back in her apartment, Ms. Porizkova was unpacking, sorting mail, peeling, and posting temporary wallpaper samples for Oliver’s room.
The apartment, she realized the day she decided to rent it, is right next to the very first apartment she lived in New York City in the 1980s. “Talk about a full circle,” she said. little sadly. “At 17, you have the impression that everything is going to happen. Here I am, 40 years later, it has happened. I say to myself: “Is it or is it the end of one circle and the start of another?”
“The hope of the past is tempered by the reality of what it takes to get to places, how difficult things can be, and how not everything is magic. At the same time, you gain self-knowledge and, perhaps, acceptance of yourself, which makes you so much more interesting as a person. It’s not that I’m stronger now. It is because I am aware of my strength.