How old are your kids and how long have you lived in Westport? My kids are seven and five years old. I’ve been in Westport for 12 years since meeting my husband and leaving Los Angeles to join him in Connecticut.
How did you end up where you are now in terms of your job, or whatever passion project it is you might be doing? When I left L.A for Westport I was planning on taking a break from my work as an actress. I had a good run and loved what I did, but the business side of film and TV is very challenging. The break didn’t last long. I missed acting and came back after a year. I’ve played numerous roles in film, TV and some theatre too.
I had considered a career as a marriage and family therapist for a while. The heightened need that has come out of this challenging time has sealed the deal for me. I want to help people heal and work through their past. I hope I can make a difference. I just turned in my application for grad school in the fall. Fingers crossed!
What was your best memory from 2020, a strange year we know…My best memories from 2020 are all the lazy mornings I have spent with my kids. Before COVID I never slept past seven am. My husband and son are early birds. My daughter and I not so much. I’ve cherished being able to roll out of bed past eight am and cozy up with my little girl. My husband leaves for work early and makes my (perfectly strong) green tea. Sometimes my son even brings it upstairs for me.
What are you most looking forward to this year? I was supposed to celebrate my 40th with friends in Paris last year but it was “COVID canceled”. I can’t wait to get another chance. I miss traveling.
What is the best show you have recently (binge) watched? My husband and I watch TV together almost every night. The best show we’ve watched recently is The Crown, but The Undoing is our favorite from the last few months.
What’s your favorite app right now- for you- and for your kids? My son is a meteorologist in the making. He likes to check WeatherBug and gives us the report for all our family members – His big brother (my stepson) is in L.A, aunt in San Francisco, and grandma in Arizona. It keeps him busy and helps kill time in the carpool line.
What is one food you could not live without? I could not live without my husband’s cooking. Especially his roasted chicken with melting butternut squash. We have a passion for food in our family.
What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you? People are often surprised that I’ve had an unusual upbringing. My mom raised us as a “single mother by choice” in the eighties.
If you had 24 hours to do whatever you wanted to do, what would it be? The morning would start with snuggles with my kids. Afterward, my sitter would come so I could have alone time with my husband in New York. We would have brunch and many cups of hot caffeinated beverages while we talked for hours on end without interruption. I would have a deep tissue massage, then a blow out and late lunch overlooking the sea in Positano with my mom. There would also be a shopping spree in London and a pasta dinner with my closest friends in Rome. The very, very late night would end in Tokyo with Jeff.
What was your most memorable family vacation and why? We went to The Cayman Islands last February. The beauty of the island combined with my kids being a little older made it magical. We were able to do fun things (like pet sting rays and ride water toys) but also relax. It was not the trip that we had with babies and toddlers- it was a truly relaxing vacation.
What is the best white lie you have told your kids? I told my kids that the contract I signed for waiting until eighth grade to get them an iPhone is “legally binding”.
QUICK THIS OR THAT:
Cake or Pie?Two Little Red Hens Cake
At a movie: Candy or Popcorn? Popcorn with candy sprinkled in it
Pancakes or Waffles? My husband’s pancakes
Iced Coffee or Hot Coffee? Hot Green tea or Nitro Cold Brew
Beach or Mountains? Beach
Puzzle or Board Game? Board Games
Chocolate or vanilla? Chocolate Soft Serve
Reading or writing? I’ve loved writing since I was a girl. I kept a journal as a kid and encourage my older son to do the same. Sometimes it’s easier to understand what’s going on when you can see it on the page.
Ketchup or mustard? Ketchup
Watch or play sports? Running, yoga and I just started skiing this year!
Winter or Summer? I crave summer sun
Comedy or Drama? Hmm…I love an out-of-control belly laugh and a good cry. I have to say both. Good comedy and drama aren’t that different from each other.