A: I didnt want to do it at first. I read the script, its such a compelling story, but, yeahhaving a 2-year-old at the time … the story goes that they have their second kid, whos perfectly healthy, and then theyre told that shes not going to live beyond 8.
A: I went to New Jersey and spent some time with them. Theyre young, incredibly funny, and dynamic. I said, “I want you to understandthis is a movie. This is your life story, and it is not going to be that, its going to be some other version of that, so please tell yourselves that every single day.” Because Id absolutely hate it! To have some cheesy actor doing that! [Laughs.]
A: She took a group of women, four of whom were mothers with stories of how they had basically been robbed by health care. They had jobs, but through a matter of, say, their husband making $1.50 over the poverty line, they couldnt get their child who has a rare disease something that would prevent her from dying. It doesnt matter who you are, who you are born to, or what state you live in, it should be a mandate across the board that every kid gets to see a doctor when she needs to. But these stoic senators were looking at us with blank eyes. Its crazy.
A: When I have time, working out really helps. Anythingwalking, going for a run, Pilateswhatever theres time for. I feel endlessly better when I do that.
A: My favorite thing, especially living in Brooklyn, is that I got a bike recently, and I ride it everywhereto get groceries, the farmers market, to the park. Shane and I even biked into [Manhattan] a few times to meet friends for dinner. Also, we do dance parties at the house with River.
A: Yes! Were not there yet, but its totally a possibility. Although, I just ran into a friend of mine, and I said, “Hows the second baby?” And she said, “You have two, you might as well have 300.” [Laughs.]
A: Theyre so used to me disappearing! Im just interested in a lot of things, and I like my alone time. If it were up to me, Id love to work once or twice a year. But Im not a gazillionaire, and I do have a house payment.
A: Theres still time! Dont count me out just yet.
A: Its true. If Im at a dinner party and its getting too crazy, I always have a moment where I just lock myself in the bathroom and breathe for a while.
A: I think sometimes when people do full makeup on me, I look like a little kid trying to dress up. I dont think I look my best like that. [Laughs.] I think I look sort of silly.
A: I like my concealer, my lip balm, and mascara.
A: I have no idea when I said that, but I have a feeling it was during Felicity. Because one of the most fun parts of doing that character was that I never had to be the pretty girl. Im never the girl at the dinner party wearing the tight dress and the high heels. Its stressful to be someones version of beautiful. I feel much more comfortable being silly. As a girl you grow up and you want to be so attractive, and, truthfully, if you take that out of the equation and you just do what youre interested in, youre usually more attractive, anyway.
Q: Your skin always looks so fresh. What do you use?
A: For sunblock I use Mario Badescu because it has SPF 15, and I use it during the day.
A: God, no.
A: No. Im totally lucky, and its just body type. My dads whole side of the family is very thin. Thank God I have that gene, because I eat doughnuts like theres no tomorrow. But I do like to be physical, and I think if I just sat on my ass all day, Id start seeing the effects. And certainly after a baby, its not exactly like it used to be. But thats not my issue. There are plenty of other issues, but food is not one of them.
A: Lately, on Sundays we make a big brunch, where we have a fire in the fireplace and lots of food. It
usually starts at 10 and ends at 4, and you just sit and chat.
A: Hmm … so many. [Laughs.] Late-night zit-picking. And not answering my phone. I dont even know why I have a phone. My girlfriend Mandy, who was on Felicity with me, always imitates the way I say hello. Its like, [timidly] “Hello?” Like Im scared. She says, “You saw that it was my number, why do you sound afraid?”
A: I feel that its a huge part of the success of the relationship. I love that he doesnt really know anything about this businessand hes always excited about it. And I love what he does. I think its incredibly sexy. I mean, hes a hot carpenter … what can I say?
A: My dear friend Julie has three kids. When I had River and did not get a babysitter for a long time, she said, “Dont be a martyr. It is not serving anyone.” And shes absolutely right. You cant do everything. And you dont know it until you know it.
Ultimate drink: A latte in the morning. With whole milk.