The indie actor talks to WebMD about playing a single mom on the TV show 'The Return of Jezebel James,' and if she wants to have children in real life. Plus, Parker Posey's best and worst health habits.
On March 14, Fox premieres your TV comedy, "The Return of Jezebel James." You play a workaholic New York City book agent who asks her estranged sister (Lauren Ambrose) to carry a baby for her. What intrigued you most about this role and its take on infertility?
"I want to have children so it's kind of a loaded question. I was playing
someone who is in denial. She wants to have a baby
because that's what "you do," which is something I think a lot of women feel.
What mostly this show is about is about sisters and intimacy issues,
high-achievers, and parents.
Would you ever consider asking someone to carry a child for you?
No ... I want to have a child in a partnership. At least that's where I am
right now. I would love to be able to share that experience with someone, to
find a man that is all the things that I'd want -- intelligent, spiritual,
funny, likes to read. It's hard though because I don't know what's in the
How old are you?
38. So, I have time -- you think?
With your movies and TV shooting schedule, do you find time to cook for yourself regularly?
I do cook a lot. I find it really grounding and nurturing to feed myself and
make myself a meal. I just had this conversation with my grandmother who I was
visiting in Louisiana, and we were talking about cooking for ourselves -- my
grandfather has passed away -- and she asked me if I had trouble cooking for
myself. And I did at first. I don't sit down at the table and light a candle
and set a place mat and eat, but I do cook for myself and I eat in the kitchen.
I don't really sit down and do the whole table-setting thing.
What else do you do to stay healthy?
I spent some time in New Mexico -- I was doing a movie called The Eye
-- where there is the Ayurvedic Institute. I hit it off with them and
sat in on some lectures, and it was fascinating. Your journey is to heal
yourself through what your body is telling you. I hit it off with them and sat
in on some lectures at the Institute, and it was fascinating.
Ayurveda is an ancient Indian system for healthy living in physical, mental, social, and spiritual harmony. Each person is believed to have a dominant body humor or constitution. What type are you?
Dosha Pita. It's small frame, quick mind, consume things quickly and forget
just as easily. There are foods and herbs you can take to counter that. Your
journey is to heal yourself through what your body is telling you.