It’s been years since Patricia Clarkson got behind the wheel. So it was a matter of life imitating art for her role in “Learning to Drive,” which saw the actress receiving lessons from Ben Kingsley, who plays her onscreen driving instructor.

“I sort of learned to drive again because I had become such a New Yorker,” the New Orleans native tells Made in Hollywood, admitting that it had been 30 years since she had last driven.

The 55-year-old shares that taking the driver's seat in the film was rather favorable, both introspectively and pragmatically.

“What I realized—in the process of learning to drive—you have to look, listen, hear, pay attention,” she says. “You have to see to the world in front of you—you have to be absolutely present.”

In “Learning to Drive” Clarkson stars as a literary agent who, abandoned by her husband, must now learn how to drive. Kingsley stars as her instructor, a Sikh, who is readying for an arranged marriage.

“Learning to Drive” is in theaters now. Watch the trailer below.

Learning to Drive
Learning to Drive
"It's never too late to begin a new adventure."
R1 hr 45 minOct 10th, 2014

As her marriage dissolves, a Manhattan writer takes driving lessons from a Sikh instructor with marriage troubles of his own. In each other's company they find the...Read More