By Jessica Derschowitz
December 02, 2015 at 01:22 PM EST
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Diane Keaton is on the cover of AARP The Magazine for December/January, reflecting on what home and family mean to her — as well as why she’s thankful for her longtime collaborator and mentor, Woody Allen.  

“He gave me everything,” Keaton says in an interview with the magazine. “It was a privilege to be in those films with him. I’ve never seen anybody more disciplined.” Keaton appeared alongside Allen in Annie HallManhattanSleeper, and Love and Death in the 1970s, among other films.

“For him, work is an art form. Work really is the answer to so many problems, and it’s a form of play, too, that you take very seriously and keep trying to expand,” she added. “That’s something I learned from Woody.”

Keaton also opened up about getting her breakthrough role in 1972’s The Godfather.

“I don’t know how I got that part. I was, like, kooky and unusual and left of center and not always castable at that time,” she revealed. “I would go up against Jill Clayburgh or Blythe Danner, and it just wasn’t happening for me.”


You can read Keaton’s full interview at AARP The Magazine’s website. Her latest film, Love the Coopers, is in theaters now.