Best Way to Unwind

Lounging at home, or, as I like to say, in my tree house. I live in a wooded neighborhood high up in the Hollywood Hills. I like that my house is on the smaller side; every room has a purpose. It's a perfectly cozy cocoon.

Best Embarassing Moment

I was walking the Vanity Fair Oscar party red carpet when a huge star (who shall remain nameless!) came up right behind me. Suddenly the wall of paparazzi stopped taking my picture and turned their spotlights on the bigger celebrity—you can go from fabulous to yesterday's news so quickly! My friend waiting for me at the end was laughing her butt off.

Best Crush

Pops, my English bulldog. I bought him for a guy I was dating. I had thought the breed was ugly; then nine years ago I met Pops, who, at 12 weeks, was an adorable piglet. Things didn't work out with the guy, but luckily Pops became mine. His tongue doesn't fit in his mouth; his face is wrinkly; he snores.... I could go on and on about the reasons I adore him!

Best Easy Recipe

Roast chicken. I put thinly sliced garlic under the skin and a lemon inside; rub the whole chicken with butter, salt, and pepper; and surround it with red potatoes, carrots, and onions. Nothing extravagant, but it's juicy and delicious, and I was really proud to master it.

Best Keepsake

Four years ago I played Maggie "the Cat" in a London production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. The costume I wore was just a pale pink silk and lace slip. Even though it only hangs in my closet, it reminds me of how rewarding—and nerve-racking!—it felt to perform alongside a legend like James Earl Jones every night in front of a sold-out crowd.

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