Last week at the premiere of my husband’s film, ‘Nyad,’ starring Annette Bening and Jodi Foster was nothing short of extraordinary. I remember back in 2010 when Diana invited us over for a quaint dinner, yet, when we got there, it was a bustling room filled with people.
Midway through the evening, Diana rose to her feet, captivating the room with her empowering words. She declared her unwavering intention to conquer the swim from Cuba to Florida, reigniting her lifelong dream that put on hold after she failed at 30 years old.
Now at 60, Diana was poised to make history, aiming to shatter world records and become the very first to achieve this impossible feat. She asked Luke, to protect her from the dangers of sharks as she swam day and night in pitch black skies. Without hesitation, he accepted, marking the onset of an epic journey.
Despite facing a grueling series of four attempts, each stopped by ridiculous challenges—from hundreds of box jellyfish stings to the face, to the boat almost capsizing in a storm—Diana’s spirit never wavered. She was an unstoppable force, a testament to human resilience. Each time, the team had to pull her from the water, as she fought, kicked, and screamed, all in the name of her dream. She was a machine.
At 64, on her fifth and final attempt, Diana made it! She shattered the world record, turning the impossible into reality. After an astounding 110 miles swam in 53 hours, with no sleep and drinking protein shakes through a camel back, she reached the shores. When she made it out of the water she said “One is, we should never ever give up. Two is, you’re never too old to chase your dreams. And three is, it looks like a solitary sport, but it’s a team.”
Shoutout to @lukecosgrove_ for brilliantly stepping into my husband’s shoes you were phenomenal. Also the directors @jimmychin and his wife Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and writer Julia Fox, you really captured Diana Nyad and her best friend and coach Bonnie Stoll who we love. The movie serves as a stirring reminder that dreams know no age, and with relentless perseverance, they are always within reach.
In theaters now and on Netflix Nov 3rd.