Melanie Griffith, who earned an Oscar nomination as star of 1988’s “Working Girl,” has opened up about her past substance abuse, recovering from bad cosmetic surgery and her divorce from film star Antonio Banderas.
“I was a totally functioning mom,” Griffith, 59, insists in the new issue of Porter magazine, being published Friday. “I wasn’t like a drunk-on-the-floor, out-of-it person. I didn’t do some things I probably should have done but, mostly, I was there for my kids. They had a sort of privileged gypsy life,” she says of her children Alexander Bauer, now 31, actress Dakota Johnson, 27, and Stella Banderas, 20.
She additionally conceded that her cosmetic surgery had not worked out well. “I didn’t [realize how it looked] until people started saying, ‘Oh my God, what has she done?!’ I was so hurt I went to a different doctor and he started dissolving all of this . . . [expletive] that this other woman doctor had put in. Hopefully, I look more normal now.”
Griffith — who starred in “Body Double” (1984) and “Something Wild” (1986) and whose more recent work includes a recurring role on “Hawaii Five-0” and a part in the upcoming James Franco film “The Disaster Artist” — also discussed the end of the marriage, her third, to Banderas. The two wed in May 1996 and their divorce was finalized in late 2015.
“I think part of the reason my marriage to Antonio fell apart was because I was stuck; nobody else is to blame,” she said, without giving specifics. “It’s just that I personally got stuck and I won’t let that happen again.”
Before marrying Banderas, Griffith had split from actor Don Johnson (“Miami Vice”), whom she married and divorced twice, and actor Steven Bauer (“Scarface”).