You've had a busy year, with two movie releases last fall (The Best Man Holiday and About Last Night) and soon the premiere of Think Like a Man Too and a new television series (Married). How does that feel?
"It feels great, especially at this point in my life. This is when they say a woman's career is actually winding down, so it's been great to see mine spring forward. I think that's a testament to how we're appreciating women and age. It doesn't have to be daunting or terrifying."
Before becoming an actor, you were on track to be a journalist. Are you drawn to news?
"I like stories. I wanted to produce news packages, like 60 Minutes. I still watch Dateline all the time. I love Frontline. I just finished filming a PBS documentary on trafficking and domestic violence. I went to Atlanta with Nicholas Kristof, who writes for the [New York]Times. We looked at women who suffered from domestic violence and the activists trying to make a change. It was so triumphant to watch them."
You've done work to promote awareness about scleroderma, a chronic connective tissue disease that your mother was diagnosed with. How's that going?
"Sometimes I write for Ability magazine, which is a disability magazine. We put Bob Saget [a Scleroderma Research Foundation board member] on the cover and did a whole story around his annual fundraiser. Many people and doctors have become more aware of it. But it's been hard to raise money."
When will you launch your new line of earth-friendly poop pick-up bags, Puff Puff Paws?
"We want to launch it this year. My partner, Alma, and I are just starting. We just got a manufacturer. It's hard, but it's fun, too. We want people to have the option of a green bag, to be just a little more earth-conscious and friendly."
You father died from a massive stroke and your mother had a mild stroke a few years ago. How has this affected your outlook on life?
"It's taught me a lot about the brevity of life. It's taught me not just about being alive but being conscious of your health. You want to thrive while you're here. Knowing I have a history of strokes in my family makes me much more conscious of what I eat. It puts a real spotlight on taking care of yourself."