How House Star Jennifer Morrison Beats Bad Days

Television and movie star Jennifer Morrison talks spaghetti, Star Trek, and her stay-slim secrets.

Matthew Hranek
House M.D. star Jennifer Morrison—now also in the hit movie Star Trek—shares how she beats bad days, what keeps her strong, and why she'd rather not know what's in the soy chai lattes she loves. (Get her fitness tips here.)

Q: So, tell the truth: Were you a Star Trek fan growing up?
Not at all. I hadnt seen any of them and still havent! When I got the call to go in and meet for it, I was like, “I dont think Im going to get this. I dont know anything about Star Trek.” It ended up turning out to be to my advantage because [director] J.J. Abrams wanted to have a new fresh take on it.

Q: You play Captain Kirks mom—whats it like playing the mom of a guys greatest hero? Have die-hard fans stopped you on the street?
I dont think I comprehended what this meant. [Laughs.] Guys have come up to me and said, “You dont understand, this is like being the mother of Jesus!” and Im like, “Whoa, slow down, thats a little extreme!”

Q: Youve been playing Dr. Cameron on House M.D. for five years. What do your doctors think of the show?
I hear a lot of, “Gosh, House says a lot of things I wish I could say but cant!”

Q: Does playing an MD affect how you approach your own health?
Medicine, in general, scares me a little bit more. Its made me realize how you have to take your health in your own hands on some level. You should be in tune with your own needs and body, because mistakes do happen.

Q: Youve said you feel stronger now than you did five years ago. What led to the change?
Im so used to having been physically active my whole life and feeling that strength. And I remember being on a plane and reaching to put my roller bag above the seats, feeling like I could barely lift it. I just felt so fragile, and I was like, Oh, I dont like this feeling. That was the moment that made me start prioritizing my time in a new way. I hired a yoga instructor for early in the morning, so at least I knew I was going to get an hour in before I went to work. Plus, I have been boxing. Now I can put 10 bags up there!

Q: Whats your secret to staying slim?
I never eat past being full. At a restaurant, if Im full from my appetizer, I only have five or six bites of my main meal and Ill just take the rest home.

Q: Do you have a favorite splurge?
My vice is chai soy lattes at Starbucks. I dont know if its good or bad for me, and I dont want to know! Im assuming its probably bad for me.

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