A NEW YORK MORNING

  1. 5:15 Tribeca. Wake up. Tiptoe around the apartment so as not to wake my sister's sleeping roommates.
  2. 5:45 Walk out the door & onto the street. The sun is just rising, its gentle rays softening the angular stone facades of nearby buildings. The city feels quiet and new.
  3. 6:00 Walk downstairs, into the subway. Its heat envelops the cool morning air and swallows me whole. It feels good (for now; later the day will get uncomfortably hot -- the kind of hot I grew up in and am no longer used to).
  4. 6:05 The train arrives. I check my map app (City Guide works underground, though I prefer Hop Stop in general) to make sure it's the right one. (I'm a little rusty.) I'm shocked at how packed the train is. Standing room only. This is an early city. Much earlier than L.A.
  5. 6:20 Get off at my Upper East Side stop. Walk a block to base camp, and go immediately to the hair and makeup trailer. Makeup and cold brew with almond milk. Feeling more awake with every sip.
  6. 7:00 Rehearsal.
  7. 7:15 Finish makeup. Eat oatmeal (apple cinnamon, obvi). Get hair done.
  8. 8:00 Get dressed. I love my wardrobe today. I'm very happy to be wearing this. I can't move very much, but I like the way it looks.
  9. 8:30 Report to set. A 22nd floor apartment in a beautiful Upper East Side building. Begin shooting. Somebody lives here.
  10. 9:30 Break. Not in this shot. We wait in a kid's room. A boy's room.
    He's young in some pictures but looks older now. Sports fan. I know his name from the label on his toiletries -- sleep away camp? The view from this room is breathtaking. A full wall of window seats. High ceilings. We joke that when the parents say, "Go to your room!" the boy is like, "Um, yeah totally. Not a problem." I think of that recent New York Times article about Upper East Side society.
  11. 10:00 Drink some water. Small talk with other actors. Run my lines in my head. Stare out the beautiful window at the beautiful view. Consider making a list.