On the heels of Big Little Lies, and as she’s promoting a new motherhood-focused charity initiative, I had wanted to speak to Laura Dern about her identity as a mom. Instead, I witnessed that identity play out. The name Jaya Harper was on the security list when Dern’s reps confirmed our meeting Thursday. I assumed her 12-year-old daughter with her ex-husband, singer Ben Harper, would just be coming to watch, or maybe a reason for the actress to keep things quick. Dern wore a striped...


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