A: Idaho. I really do love being outdoors-I mean, you'd never think it in my high heels and pencil skirt! [Laughs.] But I really do miss the smell of hay and farms, and I like milking a cow. I'm quite good at it!
A: There's a trick! If you lean your head against the udder, it produces more milk, 'cause [your head] is like a calf. [Laughs.]
A: When I first started to play her, I would think, Oh my God, I would never want to hang out with this person. She would crush me like a bug! And then, I started to love her. I think Joan and I have a 'no excuses' kind of mentality-I'm going to stand by my decisions, no regrets, no apologies. But she is far more confident than I am. She's far more confident than most women are in the world! [Laughs.]
A: Really? They don't say Jessica Alba? 'Cause that's what I say! [Laughs.] It's such a compliment, because of all those times I had agents who were like, 'You have to lose some weight,' and all of a sudden, people are celebrating it. It's like: 'Oh, thank you! Thank you for letting me be me.'
A: It's weird, but it doesn't surprise me. I made the grave mistake after one awards show of reading comments online about what I wore, and I was like, [gasps] 'Oh my God, people are so mean!' I still remember all those negative comments, despite all the wonderful positivity. That's why we're all in therapy! [We remember] the 10 bad things that happen to us instead of the 100 nice ones.
A: I guess my mom raised me right. She was very celebratory of her body. I never heard her once say, 'I feel fat.' Back when I was modeling, the first time I went to Italy I was having cappuccinos every day, and I gained 15 pounds. And I felt gorgeous! I would take my clothes off in front of the mirror and be like, Oh, I look like a woman. And I felt beautiful, and I never tried to lose it, 'cause I loved it. [Laughs.]
A: It's like Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution-real, good foods. It's OK if I have avocado and olive oil and all these delicious things, you know? I don't feel guilty about that.
A: I break every healthy rule! [Laughs.]
Q: Says the girl sitting in an Irish pub at 4 p.m. ...
A: With a glass of Pinot Grigio. I was a dancer until I was 19. I never had to worry about working out or what I ate. So I've really had to train myself to get down to the gym. But what surprised me was that my husband said [the other day], 'I'm going down to work out,' and I was like, 'Oh, I wish I was going.' And I was like, 'Ooh! I can't believe I just said that!' I'd had a busy week working 16-hour days, and I didn't get to work out, and I missed it. My friends will read this and be like, 'No you didn't.' [Laughs.] But it's true!
A: My parents didn't exercise, so it was not something I saw was good for you or fun. I wish I had grown up knowing to do that. And my mother-she'll admit it-hated vegetables, so when we had them, they were always canned or cooked within an inch of their lives.
A: I get kind of bored on the treadmill, but I do it. And I do a little bit of weight training. I'm really into the BOSU ball. You have to balance on it, and I do weights and squats on it. I'm pretty good at it, I feel sort of like a Karate Kid.
A: I read magazines, and I'll try [the exercises]. It's something different, and, often, you don't need equipment. If I get any private time in my trailer, all of a sudden I'm doing sit-ups and push-ups.
A: I like salty, creamy foods. I could sit down with a bag of chips and French onion dip and go to town! That would be on my last-supper list. But I discovered that dry French onion soup mix in nonfat yogurt tastes just as good. It really does!
A: My husband and I started doing a Soup of the Week. We just make a big pot once a week that's healthy and in the fridge, so if we feel snacky, there's something really delicious in there. I've got lentil in the fridge right now.
A: I knit. I find that very soothing. I actually learned from Laurie Metcalf, you know that actress? She's very crafty.
A: I moisturize all the time. I really like 3LAB and Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate. Also, I'll be cooking and so dry from washing my hands, I'll just take olive oil and be like, "Ahh!" [gestures bathing her arms and face in olive oil]. On Mad Men, we use so much powder-it was such a matte look in the '60s. And no one wore lip gloss either. Sometimes, they'll powder your lips-whoo! It's brutal. So in between shots I'm like [in scratchy voice] 'Can I just get some ChapStick please?'
A: I feel even more nurturing toward him. Now I'm like, Oh, you're my baby! I gotta take care of you. You've gotta be safe and healthy, and I've got to be sure that you'll be there until the end, because I really love you! And when something starts to aggravate either of us, it's like, Wait a minute, this is not a person who does bad things intentionally.
A: I'm happiest with my husband and my best friend. Just hanging out at home or at my best friend's house. It's about having a kindred spirit. It reminds you that in all this chaos when everything can be so nuts and you never know what's genuine and what's not, that you know for sure this is.