The 41-year-old actress, children’s author and mother of three, who is married to comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, tells us how she fits everything in
I’m not really a morning person but I get up every day at 6.45am because I have three children under 10. I’ll switch on my coffee maker, which my husband bought me for my birthday – unless I’m working, in which case I’ll grab a decaf latte at Starbucks. I’m such an energetic person that if I added caffeine in the mix I’d be a firecracker.
Next, I make breakfast – anything from Rice Krispies to scrambled eggs (I keep bantam hens). Then there’s the mayhem of getting everyone ready.
At the moment I’m filming Tag – a comedy movie about a group of friends who have kept up a 30-year game of ‘it’ – and when I’m on set my family will often visit me. Otherwise, I’ll spend my downtime bingewatching some naughty show. Right now, I’m loving Big Little Lies, the greatest lady porn ever.
When I’m not filming, I brainstorm ideas or dialogue for books, and jot them on my iPad. I’ve written three children’s stories about a mischievous babysitter called Marge.
I know how important it is to exercise, especially over the age of 40, so on days off I go for a hike in one of the canyons in LA with friends. I also try to follow a Mediterranean diet, but when I’m stressed I turn to Green & Black’s organic chocolate and any peanut-butter-based chocolate bars. I’m a big snacker.
After filming, I unwind by running myself a bath (I love Dr Hauschka bath oils), then use Dermalogica cleanser and Aēsop moisturiser. I never go straight to sleep and always read. Though I’m not one of those people who needs to wind down to maximise my sleep. I can sleep anywhere, any time. And in that respect, I’m no different from a toddler. ‘Marge and the Great Train Rescue’ is out now (Piccadilly Press, £5.99)