RECENTLY : I’ve decided to get out of my comfort zone and go camping with Robinson. Aside from all the stress, constant vulnerability and rejection a life as an actress generate, I lost a dear friend and mentor in a terrible accident this past month. That caused me to wanna reset and re-evaluate my own choices and how I’ve been using my time lately. One of the things she’d always stress when we were together was the importance of seeing the good in things, even when things didn’t seem so good. She’d always tell me that with time, I’d become kinder to myself. But the biggest and most important lessons of them all wasn’t really anything she said. It was what she did, how she did it. Molly was one of the most generous women I’ve met in my entire life. She truly, genuinely cared.
I’ve recently shared the process of getting my new actor headshots and today I’m excited to show the end result. Captured by Gretchen Kelley in studio ( the weather was still a bit too chilly for outdoors ) these are the black and white versions of the final picks between the girls at Simon Casting and my agent.
DEVELOPING a new relationship with food and learning the true value of maintaining a healthy, balanced diet. In the last few months Elliott and I have been committed to trying new recipes and ingredients. It’s a huge learning curve but we’re definitely seeing results and feeling good about it.
LOVING the freshness that our newly purchased plants add to the environment. Just gotta remember to water them every other day.
ENJOYING the last breath of winter, but only if it snows. Just like it did last week in Chicago.
This past February I spent a little over two weeks in the most wonderful city in the world, Rio de Janeiro. People often ask me if I miss Brazil and if ever think of going back. The answer is primarily, no. I miss it but not to the point of waiting to make a life for myself there again. With the exception of this place. How could I not? The short two-year period when I harbored a home in Rio were long enough to make me fall in love for life. Over and over again.
One of the infinite reasons why I love this place so much is the local’s dedication to living a healthy, balanced lifestyle and their tireless passion for the place they inhabit. My days would start bright and early with a 7AM work out at the beach, surrounded by the most beautiful landscape you will ever see. There were countless options for healthy, fresh food restaurants to enjoy and even get delivered at your door.
For the past 29 years, Chicago has hosted an amazing assortment of Latin American made films at the CLFF. This year shall be no different with the addition of a new segmentsponsored by the Academy of Motion Pictures which is getting me ultra-excited. Whenever I get a chance to see foreign movies on the big screen ( especially if they are from my homeland) I make sure not to miss it.
I couldn’t wait to take Elliott to see Central Station, starring the legendary Fernanda Montenegro, but due to a conflict in schedule neither of us will be able to make it. It’s all good though because there’s still a number of exceptionally good stories to be seen, like Past Minutes, product of labor of my good friend and talented producer Luana Lobo with Maria Farinha Filmes. Above, a selection of the films I have my eyes on. Granted, just like me, most of them are Brazilian.
A little over a year ago, I was getting ready to do my first set of professional headshots. For those of you who aren’t quite familiar, headshots are standardized professionally taken photos that every actor uses when auditioning or being submitted for a job so casting directors know exactly what the actor being considered looks like.
This time the process was a lot more involved, starting with a new haircut, ( just a little layering ) careful wardrobe selection along with appropriate hair and makeup and a playlist filled with 90’s jams to put me right in mood.
For the last two months, I have been traveling around Brazil. Belo Horizonte, Ipatinga, Curitiba, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro are the of places I visited within that time. It was long enough to rest some, work some, and live some.
There’s something about removing myself from my normal environment for a long period of time and I inevitably begin to re-evaluate things. I use this natural process to make necessary adjustments in both my work and personal life and it’s always worked out well for me.