A: I dont think its really necessary [to choose]. But writing music is my favorite thing to do. With acting, youre carrying out someone elses visionand musics mine. Being an actor is like a lot of stars have to align to make a really satisfying experience.
A: Yeah. That was a really fun movie.
A: I find that Im almost healthier because I have to be really disciplined. I cant eat too much before a show, [or] you go on stage feeling terrible. And I almost always visit health-food stores in every city Im in, just to make sure theres stuff on the bus I can eatvegetables, fruits, lean meat, and nuts.
A: Its so easy! These people, I dont know who they are, because there are health-food stores in every city! The other thing is, I dont go out after shows.
A: No, Im not [laughs], because if I were to do that I probably wouldnt be able to sing the next day. The whole thing is, youre touring to perform, and you owe people because they pay money to come and see you play. I literally go to sleep after shows. And I always make sure to exercise.
A: Not anymore. My older sister, Bones star Emily Deschanel, has been a very, very committed vegan since high school. I wish I could be like that, but Im not. I have a lot of food sensitivitiesI cant eat wheat or soyand it was very difficult to eat and get enough calories. It was even impossible to eat at a vegan restaurant. [Laughs.]
A: I dont really like sweets that much, but I find it really satisfying to bake for other peoplecupcakes and cookies and cakes. I make a good quinoa spaghetti with pesto and zucchini. Pestos one of those things you can experiment with, and one day I was like, What if I used hemp seeds instead of pine nuts because theyre more nutritious? Ive made it for a lot of dinner parties. It was a hit!
A: I try not to snack a lot. I know that sounds weirdsome people think you should snack all the time. If I start to snack too much, I dont have an appetite for meals. So I eat three square meals a day, and if Im hungry, I have an apple.
Q: So, no guilty pleasure foods?
A: Actually, theres a bakery called BabyCakes in New York, and one in L.A. now. They make amazing gluten-free chocolate-chip cookies. I like to keep things like that in my freezer, just so I know its there, but I almost never touch it. Its weird. The knowledge that its there is enough, its almost more satisfying to me. Once its gone, then you dont have the option anymore. I like having the option.
A: I really mix it up. I hike, run, bike. I do an hour a day, and then have a day off a week. And I took six years of tap dancing, and I love it! Its a good cardio workout.
A: Yeah, sometimes its even just a walk. Its just about being active. When I was a kid, I went through a period where I just liked to sit in a closet reading all the time. And then in seventh grade I joined a swim team, and it really was so great for me. It just made me feel so much better. It changed my personality.
A: Oh, yeah, totally. Before the swim team, I was kind of high-strung. Afterward, it just made me super-relaxed. [Exercise] is the best mood stabilizer.
A: Meeting a friend to exercise. Sometimes I have friends come to my house to do a little circuit. And if theyre coming over, you have to do it. You cant bail out when theres someone else coming! [Laughs.]
A: Hes a great human being. And he makes me laugh.
A: You get married, and immediately everyone starts asking about that! Its like, I just wanna be married and work right now. Kids are way far off.
A: Im not a spa girl. And I sort of go insane if I go to a place thats too remote. Just being at home and getting to have a couple hours where theres nothing planned is completely relaxing to me.
A: I find the more I get to know myself, the happier I amand the better I am. I think thats true of everyone.
A: When Im playing music, I definitely feel really happy.
- I dont sleep in. Im a go-to-bed-early, wake-up-early kind of person. I hate the feeling of waking up at noon. I always set an alarm, even on off days.
- Healthy cupcakes are my thing. Its called “crazy cake,” because no eggs are neededyou use the protein in the flour to basically bind the cupcakes. It just has cocoa powder, baking soda, flour, a little bit of oil, and apple cider vinegar. Theres a version in the book The Joy of Vegan Baking. Theyre always a hit!
- I play the ukulele. I was just playing it this morning, actually!