Finding Her Artistic Voice Through Unconditional Love for Her Son

Interview: Robert Piper

Robert Piper: How do you stay healthy?

Abigail Spencer: I try to be really balanced. I walk a lot, I wear a Fitbit, and that has really been a game changer for me. I get my steps, I eat whatever I want, I go to France and put on my bread-and-butter suit. Then I’ll be balanced, like I’m going to eat my salads for a few days. But I just try to be really balanced with my body. And that has been a good pact for me so far.

RP: What inspires you?

AS: Paris, France, inspires me. That’s it at the moment. And I love photography. Photographers and photos. I took a ton of pictures in Paris, and I find that I’m most inspired by following other photographers on Instagram.

RP: How has having a child impacted your life?

AS: It completely changed everything for the better. It oddly slows me down and yet speeds me up in a certain way. I’m much more still, and the quality of my life has increased. But the frenzy, you know, spinning my wheels, or just the lack of substance, waned. So it’s been amazing and it totally changed my creative life, too. I really felt like I found more of my voice as an artist through unconditional love toward him.

I became a more quality human by getting to be his mother and getting to love him.

RP: What projects are you currently working on?

AS: Well, I just wrapped a movie right before traveling to France called The Sweet Life with Chris Messina. It’s just a wonderful, dark romantic comedy about two people who meet on a bridge in Chicago at the end of their road. Then I have this movie, A Beautiful Now, that just premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival. And we got such amazing reviews. I’m really excited to see what’s going to happen with that film. I’m very invested in it and in the filmmaker, Daniela Amavia. I also have two or three writing projects that I’m working on at the moment, and I’m doing press. Rectify came out in July and True Detective is airing, so there’s a lot of hoofing it right now.

Abigail Spencer is an actor who has appeared in Mad Men, Suits, True Detective, and Rectify. She will appear on the big screen in The Sweet Life.

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