Cannes Bound? 3 Hollywood-Approved Tips for Fighting Jet Lag
The South of France is nine havoc-wreaking hours ahead of L.A. Veterans share their rituals and remedies (OTC and otherwise).
This story first appeared in the May 15 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.
Hop the right flight
"There's no getting around it: You have to time it right. Certain times you arrive, and you are upside down," says CBS Films president Terry Press. "I think it's easier to fly through New York, versus direct from Los Angeles to Europe." CAA film-finance co-head Micah Green and cohorts take a 5:50 p.m. flight from LAX to Nice, via London, and Roadside Attractions co-president Howard Cohen likes to land in Nice at about 6 p.m. The goal: Don't arrive too early in the day.
Pop a pill
"I sleep on the plane with the aid of any drug I can get," says stylist Elizabeth Stewart, whose clients include Cate Blanchett. "I don't have prescriptions, but my favorite is someone else's Klonopin or someone else's Xanax. Once I'm in Cannes, I take Ambien for a night, melatonin the next, and by then I'm adjusted." Cohen is a fan of the homeopathic pill No-Jet-Lag, a mix of arnica, daisy, chamomile, ipecac and club moss. Press doesn't medicate on the journey. "You just have to power through it," she says. "But there's a sleeping aid sold over the counter in France that I bring back for everyone — Donormyl. It's incredible."
Hit the ground running
"The first thing I do after checking into the hotel is go to the Monoprix and buy food to avoid minibar charges," says Press. "I buy Coca-Cola Light — all the Coke products in Europe taste a million times better than their American counterparts." She also purchases a stash of cereal and snacks: "You never know when you will be eating in Cannes, so it's good to take stuff with you to screenings." Sales agent Alex Walton of foreign-sales company Bloom has an even more specific list: "I'll right away buy soap, goji berries and loads of water. Then I'll head straight for Al Charq for dinner." Cohen rushes to Italian hotspot La Pizza Cresci the first night: "I try to exhaust myself walking around, have a good dinner and then go to sleep." Justin Kurzel, director of the competition title Macbeth, says a nightcap never hurts: "Don't go to sleep, stay up as long as you can, and drink until you feel like you're tired." Kurzel likely will be asleep (or wishing he was) early the next morning when Walton takes his annual dip in the Mediterranean Sea. Confesses Walton, "I always promise myself I'll swim every day but never do it again."