What’s the first thing you do when you get up in the morning (after the bathroom)?
First I let the dogs out, then I make my green tea. I’ve got two rescue mutts: one’s a Rottie mix and the other’s a Lab mix. I’m a dog and cat freak, and my dogs are my children.
What do you like most about mornings?
I like the light outside. I love to sit in my garden, especially now that there’s winter light. It’s turning. The butterflies and hummingbirds usually visit...it’s just beautiful. Soooo nice. I don’t want to get moving or leave! My motivation is really low in the morning.
What do you like least?
I really hate the alarm clock. I really hate it! I hit “snooze” for up to an hour. Especially for work, it will often go off at 3:30 or 4:00am and I REALLY hate getting up before the sun. It’s common for me. My second-least-favorite thing is driving home from work watching the sun come up. I truly feel like a vampire. I just feel sick when I see the sun, but it’s just an actor’s life. They have to maximize the day and it’s the worst part of acting.
If you could change one thing about your bedroom, what would it be?
I would like to have a vaulted ceiling. I like the height and the space of it. One of my friends from Once Upon a Time, Lana Parrilla, has a vaulted ceiling in her bedroom and when I saw it I thought it was so beautiful. Very antique, old-time and royal feeling. I stayed in a tiny house once that had the peaked ceiling and it had just the same feeling.
When was the best sleep you’ve ever had?
In recent memory it was after flying to Africa. I was so jetlagged it was painful, and I allowed myself to lie down in the afternoon. I fell for two or three hours into the deepest, most incredible nirvana. It’s impossible to come back from. My husband had to physically stand me up because the sleep was just a drug at that point, it was so deep. It was really syrupy and fabulous.
That was on a coach flight to Australia. I was sitting up for 17 hours in a seat as hard as wood all night. My neck hurts thinking about it. Technically, I survived. But I’m still a little scarred.
What would you like to hear to tuck you in, other than “Night-night”?
I love what my husband says every night, “Lekker slaap.” It’s Afrikaans for “Good sleep.” I've only learned a few phrases in Afrikaans, but it’s just the sound of it and my romantic ideas about foreign language. I learned a little Swedish working with Alexander Skarsgård using Rosetta Stone, but they don’t have it for Afrikaans. So I’m learning it from old books. Language is just so cool. And my husband’s okay too!