Hayes just loves the magic of is­lands

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - TRAVEL - By Jae-Ha Kim

It’s only fit­ting that glo­be­trot­ting ac­tress Erinn Hayes stars in the new Net­flix series, “Med­i­cal Po­lice,” where she plays a doc­tor chas­ing down a life-threat­en­ing virus world­wide. The Em­mynom­i­nated ac­tress films most of the series in Croa­tia, which dou­bles for coun­tries such as Italy and Brazil.

This sum­mer, Hayes will be seen in “Bill and Ted Face the Mu­sic,” where she por­trays Keanu Reeves’ wife. The ac­tress re­sides in Los An­ge­les with her hus­band and two daugh­ters.

An edited ver­sion of our con­ver­sa­tion fol­lows.

Q: What is your fa­vorite va­ca­tion des­ti­na­tion?

A: I’ve been for­tu­nate enough to visit Fiji now twice and am ab­so­lutely in love. The first visit was for a guest spot job on the TV show “Wrecked” and the sec­ond was with my fam­ily, be­cause I wouldn’t shut up about it af­ter re­turn­ing from the first work trip. My dad and un­cle live part time in New Zealand, so we worked a stop in Fiji onto our trip to visit them. The Fi­jian peo­ple are so lovely and kind, the beaches are divine and the weather is per­fect.

Q: To some­one who was go­ing there for the first time, what would you rec­om­mend that they do dur­ing their visit?

A: I’m the kind of trav­eler who needs a mix of every­thing and noth­ing. I love a good ad­ven­ture, but I also feel a lit­tle un­ful­filled if I don’t get one day of just lay­ing by a pool with a book and my thoughts. Def­i­nitely get out on the wa­ter in some form. When vis­it­ing with our kids, we went on one of the many day trips they have avail­able to a small is­land. The crew of the ship sang songs and set up vol­ley­ball and my kids tried scuba div­ing for the first time, all in a mag­i­cal set­ting.

Q: What was the first trip you took as a child?

A: My mother grew up in Hawaii, so my first travel mem­o­ries are of warm wind and big clouds. I loved it there so much and have pieces of mem­o­ries of pulling off the road to pick pas­sion fruit and walk­ing along the beach singing to my­self and try­ing to find fairies in the rocks and plants.

Q: Where is the most ro­man­tic des­ti­na­tion?

A: Prob­a­bly the most ro­man­tic place I’ve ever been was a teeny tiny town on the Amalfi Coast of Italy called Atrani. It’s prac­ti­cally un­touched by time, with the houses seem­ingly carved from the rugged hill­sides. We had two days

Qand nights of wan­der­ing the mi­nus­cule pas­sage­ways and streets, swim­ming in the wa­ters and I had maybe the best meal of my life in a small fam­ily restau­rant al­most hid­den on the rocky pier. It’s hard to get to, but well worth it, even with the con­stant bells that ring out mark­ing ev­ery quar­ter-hour. Yes, ev­ery quar­ter-hour.

Q: If you’ve ever gone away for the hol­i­days, which was the best trip?

A: We rarely stay home for the hol­i­days. Hav­ing so much fam­ily up in North­ern Cal­i­for­nia and Ore­gon, we make the jour­ney al­most ev­ery year, presents hid­den in the trunk and all. Our chil­dren as­so­ci­ate Christ­mas morn­ing with grand­par­ents and cousins, so we’re tak­ing ad­van­tage of that while we’re still for­tu­nate enough to have that fam­ily around. (In 2018), we went to Bend, Ore­gon, to my mom’s and it snowed Christ­mas morn­ing, which felt pretty mag­i­cal to a bunch of Cal­i­for­nia ba­bies.

TIZIANO LUGLI

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