Actress, Writer, and Producer
The kids are down, your work is done - how do you spend your “me” time, when you get it?
Lately, I spend my “me” time practicing yoga, taking a nice warm bath with my dear friend Jenna’s Linné bath salts, experimenting in the kitchen, dancing in my living room, reading poetry or a play, and watching movies alone followed by bingeing interviews with the director/cast.
What is the thing you bought in the last three months that you have most enjoyed?
Unequivocally my maternity belly band from Babybellyband with Pubic Symphysis Support bands. Very unsexy, but has provided me so much relief from pubic bone discomfort and lower back pain in pregnancy.
What is the quality you're most hopeful you'll have as a mother?
Equanimity, and a sense of humor.What is the other career you’d most like to try out, given a second professional life?
Oh gosh, so many— anthropologist, cinematographer, Ayurvedic medicine practitioner, meditation teacher, psychic empath guide...but lately, I would probably say birth worker would be top of the list. I am so blown away by our midwives and doula. The quality of the care I am receiving is exquisite, and so beyond what most women expect from their OB’s. They don’t just approach pregnancy and birth as a physical condition to be treated, but rather holistically, addressing the mental and spiritual aspects as well. We feel so lucky to be in their care. Also, birth and the capability of our bodies is just awe-inspiring.
Is there anything that quarantine forced you to change that you would like to - or will - maintain post quarantine?
Quarantine has certainly forced me to be more adaptable and flexible in the face of constant flux and change, which I hope to maintain forever!
What are the nicest things your partner does for you, and you for them?
My husband Mario is incredibly supportive. He is the best listener, always plays good music, cooks for me when I am too tired to, makes me laugh, and pushes me to evolve as a human. I like to cook yummy things for him, research things that might inspire him, make him laugh, and he says I make places feel like “home” no matter where we are.What are the three beauty products you always have in your rotation? We always love to know someone's go-to lipstick color too...
I am obsessed with my sister Giovanna’s new clean beauty brand Joaquina Botanica’s Face Oil (coming soon), and not just because she is my sister- it is truly the most delicious face oil - trust me I have tried them all!- and you can really see the results. I also cannot live without Linné Botanicals Renew Serum, and Josh Rosebrook’s Hydrating Accelerator.
Where is the place where you feel like your best self - your happy place?
My happy place is without question in nature. Whether beach, mountain, jungle or desert, I feel alive and in awe surrounded by the majesty of nature.
How important is routine to you? What parts of your routine are sacrosanct?
The one routine that is truly sacrosanct for me is meditating twice a day. I would like to add drinking 2-3 liters of water to that, and moving my body every day with even more consistency. When I was working or auditioning more pre-Covid and pre-pregnancy, every day would be different, which I’m actually ok with, but I do like to have a few small routines.What are your professional goals and how do you go about achieving them?
Ultimately that as an actor, writer, producer (or human!) I am putting work out into the world that makes people feel seen, heard, and understood. Humor is important too! I try and connect with and learn from people whom I admire and feel inspired by. I practice being in my body and in the present moment as much as possible. And also, I have to let go of expectations a lot and trust what is unfolding. This is maybe the hardest and most important aspect of creative life- especially as an actor- because there is a lot of rejection. The final outcome just can’t be solely what you’re in it for. There has to be love in it, and a constant letting go and coming back to the present moment.
What are the things that make your home personal to you and your family?
Music, food, my husband Mario’s furniture. Lots of rocks, shells, and stones I’ve collected from our travels. Art pieces by friends and loved ones.
How important is community to you, and how do you go about building and nurturing it for your family?
Community is crucial for us as humans I feel. One of the most difficult things during this time has been not only seeing friends less, but also members of our community in Clinton Hill- like everyone at Fort Pilates, our farmers at the Fort Greene Farmers market or the folks at Primrose Cafe, Locanda, Vini e Oili and Roman’s. Having to move during the pandemic was heartbreaking. One thing I did during this time was volunteer to be phone pals with a member of the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Senior Center- a truly lovely man named Phil who is in is 80’s and lives alone. We have developed a very special bond over the past 8 months! He has helped lift me up as much as I him.
What maternity style or clothing item could you not find last time around that you most wish FH would create?
I haven’t really purchased that much maternity clothing other than some longer t-shirts/ and turtlenecks. I prefer natural textiles, and would only really want to buy things that I would also wear afterwards. Shop Gabriella's Look: Ribbed Knit Sweater, Ribbed Knit Skirt
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