Only in pandemic times are journalists invited into bed with Anjelica Huston. But such was the scene when Zooming in with the affable legend of stage and screen to discuss her foray into ceramics. Oh, everyone was fully dressed—Huston in her smartly appointed (and rather cozy) Pacific Palisades bedroom, and your Air Mail correspondent a lifetime away in a stodgy home office in New York.

In some ways, this unfussiness, candor, and intimacy is pure Huston. As an actress, she exists among the greats. Regal yet earthy, omniscient but mortal, she endows even the frostiest characters with humanity and warmth.