Adina Porter

Robert Piper: What inspires you in life?

Adina Porter: I guess I’m a pretty curious person. I like doing new things. I like being challenged. I’m competitive. Trying to beat my personal best.

RP: How do you stay healthy?

AP: I work out. I used to go to yoga every day. Now I just incorporate yoga into my warm-up and my cool down. I drink a lot of water, and I go to therapy.

RP: Can you talk about dedication, and what it really takes to commit to a role?

AP: I come from a theater background, so I always like to dissect the scene and try to get some hint about what the author was trying to get at. I still look up the meaning of the name of the character to see if there are any clues in that.

I’m not a—I’m beautiful, but I’m not working because I’m drop-dead gorgeous with a fantastic body. I think I continue to work because I’m good at my craft. I’m dedicated to bringing to life what the author is trying to portray. I try to make the producers cry and the crew laugh.

RP: How do you find balance in life?

AP: I’m a mom of a seven-year-old and a four-year-old. I don’t strive for balance. I just try to get through my to-do list, with my kids’ homework being at the top of it, and then try to prepare for the next audition or whatever scene I’m shooting next. Balance.

A new thing I’ve been doing is just making sure I clear off my desk and try to only touch a piece of paper once, so I get the mail, open it up, deal with it then. My son’s homework, or what I get from his teachers, the same way. That way, it’s not nagging me, things to add to my to-do list.

RP: How did children impact your life?

AP: It’s not just about me anymore. I’m newly widowed, so I’ve gone from having a life partner, and having another brain to make decisions with, to doing it all on my own and questioning what I’m doing. I have to be a calmer person, because my anger can look pretty terrifying to a young person. Also, yelling and screaming won’t really get what I want from my kids. It forces me to figure out new ways, so I read. It affects every decision that I make. Every dollar that I spend, every dollar that I make. I just have to make sure that my kids are healthy, physically and emotionally, especially since we’re all grieving the loss of their magnificent dad. He had a heart attack after working out in the gym.

RP: So sorry to hear that. That’s devastating.

AP: I’m very glad that our last day together just so happened to be a really wonderful, magnificent day. It would have been awful to have been mad at him for not taking out the garbage. I still sense his energy, and I believe in that even more now.

Adina Porter is an actress and can be seen in HBO’s True Blood and in HBO’s The Newsroom.



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