Sarah Jessica Parker

Q&A with Sarah Jessica Parker

The overscheduled actress discusses brownies, bath time and taking care of her body.

In I Don't Know How She Does It, Sarah Jessica Parker plays a frazzled finance executive juggling her life in the office and at home. We sat down with the actress after a screening to find out how the real working mom manages to keep it all together and look amazing doing it.

If she has a moment to herself:
I watch "House Hunters International." I love it!

What her son would say about her:
He’d say I take too many pictures of him, and I clip his nails too short.

How she multi-tasks:
I can brush my teeth and do a ton of other things at the same time.

Typical workouts:
I live in New York City, so I walk incredibly quickly. I run up and down stairs with twins — who are both over 25 pounds — in each arm. I occasionally get to work out with my trainer, and I do anything she tells me to do from jumping up and down on boxes to using ballet barres. She forces me to do things with my body that I’m not entirely positive I can do. 

Biggest vice:
Hmm. Maybe “Property Virgins.”

Where she feels most at home:
Giving my kids a bath at night because it’s our schedule we created, and they’re all mine for that time.

Her style icons:
I just saw these amazing home movies that Roddy McDowell shot online and there are all these shots of beach scenes with Natalie Wood, Lee Remick, Lauren Bacall and Julie Andrews. They’re all on the beach hanging out with their kids. I’ve never seen a chicer group of women in my life. 

Favorite healthy meal:
Poached salmon in a proper Japanese steamer. Kombucha juice — I love the gentleman who does the juices at Lifethyme in Greenwich Village; and a nice banana.

Ultimate decadent meal:
Lamb chops cooked in butter; proper boiled potatoes from Ireland with butter and salt and pepper; a side order of pasta with everything; my sister’s brownies for dessert. Or anything from Blue Hill in the West Village.  

Latest obsession:
Finding toys from my childhood for my children. I go online and look everywhere. 

What she’s totally over right now:
I’m not a big fan of the phrase “out of the box.” And I wouldn’t mind if somebody wrote a letter. Like a good, old-fashioned letter. Wouldn’t that be nice? 

If she had a time machine:
Oh my gosh! I would probably go back to New York in the '40s or '50s.

Favorite place for a haircut:
Serge Normant.

Favorite city:
New York, New York. Need I say more?

Wardrobe item she can’t live without:
A bag big enough for an Epi pen, pacifiers, my daughters’ security blankets (they have two each), a camera, lip gloss, my sunglasses and a Blackberry. 

Number one reason for taking care of her body:
Vanity/Long life.

Message she’d like to send to the world. (Only catch: It has to be 140 characters or less):
Oh geeze Louise. The golden rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

Photography by James White/Corbis Outline

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