Laura and I met 11 years ago in Riverside Park, New York. We were with our first borns- Owen and Maxi! Both Princes and both very furry! We had no name just Maxi and Owen's moms!
Years later we realized we lived in buildings that backed on to each other, and shortly after that shared the news of being pregnant with each other! Our beautiful daughters are 6 months apart and have been friends their whole lives!
Laura is an amazing, colorful and incredible friend! A joy in my life. She is smart, clever, kind and really really funny! She sings- acts, dances and writes a fantastic web series called ONE TRUE PAIRING which is MUST on youtube. (She even wears a SMOKK in it!)
We meet on Fridays for Pizza still to this day even though we moved. It's a double whammy playdate (of course the date includes wine!) -and I wouldn't want it any other way.
I can't praise her enough - Every woman needs a friend like Laura!
Happy Mothers day my dear wonderful lovely sincere authentic friend. xxx
Meet the Divine Laura Lewis.
What’s your day job?
Actor/writer. Also, actually looking for acting and writing work is a job, lol.
I love feeling and being creative. I can literally feel my soul slowing down like a wind-up toy when I'm not fulfilled in that way.
What being a mother has taught you?
Patience, flexibility and to not sweat the small stuff - it's a marathon, not a sprint. You gotta choose your battles.
Best teachable moment?
Whenever we see someone behaving rudely I always say "are they making a good choice or a bad choice?" I know, so dorky and annoying! But I think it seeing it play out when she is not involved personally helps her understand how our behavior has consequences and how making another choice can make all the difference. Also, observing situations rather than being in the middle of them lends a very helpful objectivity - it's a little challenging to try to "teach" when your kid is hysterical, lol.
1. They have pockets!!!
2. The fabrics are gorgeous and the styles are incredibly sophisticated and versatile, which is brilliant for someone like me who wants to look as if I spent a lot of time getting ready while actually spending as little time as possible.
3. Basically, you just show up for your day and Smokks does the rest.
Movie or Tv Series?
A good tv series is the gift that keeps on giving. Plus nowadays the writing/acting is so brilliant on tv! If you're asking me WHICH TV series I like, I'm gonna have to go with BILLIONS on Showtime or the old warhorse that is GAME OF THRONES on HBO. I like 'em dark and edgy.
What does comfort mean to you?
Being with people that I love and laughing.
Favorite mom and me moment?
The times that she and I head out for the day with no plan and come back eight or nine hours later, having done who knows what. It's a real treat to have no agenda and just live in the moment the entire day.
5 things in your handbag you can’t live without.
I never use a handbag if I can get away with it. I carry my wallet, which is a tiny little one-pocket thing with my driver's license, a couple credit cards and my metro card, and my phone in my pockets. The only other thing I always have on me is some kind of lip balm. (It's when I'm with my daughter that things get complicated...and heavier. We have different ideas about what we "can't live without", lol.)
The thing that’s most important to you to pass on to Audrey?
Don't worry too much about what everyone else thinks.
I just found an old copy of I, CLAUDIUS I didn't even realize I had! It's a book I remember loving but I don't recall most of the details (well, other than some of the obvious things). I've already started it and man, there is nothing like a well-written book to make the time fly by.
Most inspiring Quote you go to over and over?
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. Eleanor Roosevelt.
Can you share your love of sci-fi?
There's something inherently optimistic about looking at the sky and thinking "I wonder..." Space represents endless possibilities - it's the perfect mirror to reflect our hopes, desires, imaginations...and fears, of course! I absolutely have a soft-spot for the scary stuff. I find various visions of humanity's future, especially the pessimistic ones, fascinating, and the idea that we got it together enough to send people into space only to have things end horribly, well...that's a delicious one-two punch!
Best child hood memory?
Performing in The Music Man at the community theatre with my entire family when I was in the sixth grade. That was one of two shows we were all in. The other one was that same theatre's production of Aristophanes's THE BIRDS. What, you've never heard of that old gem?? It lit the theatre world ON FIRE 2,400 years ago! PAY ATTENTION, PEOPLE.
Lots of Love to you Laura xx