On the ranch with Anjelica Huston

The actress shares her thoughts on ranch life, Old California, what she grows in her garden, and more

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On seeing her ranch in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada for the first time. It was winter. Very barren. Coyote country, I thought. I came back in the spring, and it was lush and beautiful. And there was an old adobe from the 1920s.

On fixing it up. I raised the roof on the adobe. That's actually quite a lot, raising a roof.

A day at the ranch. At about 7 a.m., I hear the click-click of my dogs' paws on the floor outside my bedroom telling me it's time to feed them. I put on coffee, look at the beautiful garden, and decide whether I'm going to ride the horses before they eat or after they eat. Usually it's after. Then after you ride, you might take a nice plunge in the pool.

The evening meal is about 7 or so. When my husband comes up, his son usually comes too and they barbecue. Ribs, chicken, sometimes fish they bring up from town.

Big trees, small crowds
Kaweah country
On the joy of growing her own fruit. Every time I came up, I'd bring a tree to plant. A lot of fruit. Apples, pears, peaches, plums, cherries, nectarines. Lemons and figs. I have a little stand by the side of the road ― honor system.

What it's like to ride a horse in the movies. When you're filming, you don't get the opportunity to know your horse. The horse is ruled by the wrangler, and rightly so ― they're there to make sure you don't have an accident. But it's a little bit mechanical. Even so, I love making westerns. I wish I could do one a year. I like hanging with the cowboys. I like horse people.

Favorite thing about living here. It's lovely to have a place that echoes back to what I feel Old California must have been. To be able to sit in the hot sunshine at the base of a palm tree and look into the snowcapped mountains of the High Sierra is wonderful.

Anjelica Huston's ranch is in Tulare County, CA. She has starred in The Grifters, Lonesome Dove, and Art School Confidential. Her newest movie, Material Girls, is in theaters now.