Interview: Robert Piper

Robert Piper: What is the hardest obstacle you’ve had to overcome in your life?

Annie Wersching: The hardest obstacle I’ve ever had to overcome in my life is losing my mom four years ago. I wouldn’t even say that I’ve overcome it, really. I don’t imagine that I ever will. I was an only child growing up, and my father passed away when I was twelve, so for most of my life, it was just me and my momma. We were really, really close. Learning to live in the world without her has been incredibly hard. At first, it didn’t make any sense—how to do it, to live without her—but you slowly get somewhat used to it. Unfortunately. Biggest thing I’ve ever dealt with, for sure.

RP: What inspires you?

AW: Newness inspires me. New opportunities. New places. New experiences. Learning new things, new skills. New roles! Nothing gets me more excited and inspired than something new.

RP: How do you stay healthy?

AW: The biggest key for me to stay healthy is sleep. If I start to feel run-down or like I’m going to get sick, I know I need sleep—stat. I can sometimes keep a sickness at bay with a good night’s sleep! Also, pineapple juice helps if I’m feeling a sore throat coming on.

RP: How do you deal with overcoming failure?

AW: Maybe it’s part of being an actor and getting so used to rejection, but I usually allow myself a day, occasionally two, of feeling down. And then it’s time to move on! Life is so short. And so much of this business is out of your control; there’s really no point in letting failure get the best of you. Better to just let it go and move on.

RP: What projects are you working on?

AW: All ten episodes of my Amazon Studios series, Bosch, premiere February 13. I just wrapped an arc on Castle. I’ve just arrived in Atlanta to start working on The Vampire Diaries. And, of course, my two wee lads always keep me busy!

Annie Wersching’s acting credits include 24, Bosch, The Vampire Diaries, and Castle.

Photo: Kate Romero

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