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Maggie Carter, Deputy Director of the Shot@Life Campaign asked actress Sasha Alexander (Rizzoli & Isles, NCIS, He’s Just Not That Into You, Yes Man, and Mission: Impossible III) what it meant to be 29 and a few other things!
Q: What is your strongest/fondest memory from being 29 years old?
Buying my first house. It was a big responsibility, and I wanted my parents to be proud of the fact I was able to do it at such a young age and all on my own! And they were. I still own the house and rent it out because I can’t imagine not having it in my life. It was a big accomplishment for my independent, adult life.
Q: Can you reflect on what it was like to turn 29? How did that feel? Did anything change?
It felt closer to 30, that’s for sure. That was a scary concept for me at the time. I felt like 30 would mean I was an adult and I had to take things more seriously. Truthfully, I look back now and know that was silly. It’s only a number, and all of our journeys are unique.
Q: In your late 20s did you find your goals and milestones started shifting?
I was working a lot and didn’t have much of a romantic life. I wanted to make this a priority because I knew I wanted a family and I had begun to think about that. However, I also had work ambitions and wanted to be financially secure and independent. That was a huge priority to me.I would say I began to prioritize my personal goals better.
Q: What would you want your children to know before they reach 29?
It is normal to spend your teens and twenties to explore who you are. Experience new things, make different friends, meet people who are curious about the world and who open up your world. Learn how to do things you love, travel the planet and step outside of your safety net. This is the time to do it. After our twenties, our lives could make it harder to do that.
Q: How has having children changed your perspective on the world?
In every way. From the moment my daughter arrived, I knew I wouldn’t be the same. The love for my children is so deep and fulfilling that it literally changed my perspective on my life and the world.The way we treat each other, our values and communities, education, safety, health, environment. Wanting to keep the world a beautiful place for them. They remind you every day that life is passing by, and to enjoy it!
Q: Has the opportunity to jump into a variety of characters and roles changed how you see your own life and goals?
Yes, I love what I do because I love to tell stories. I love to step outside of myself and explore another person’s mind and body, and experience can be a powerful thing. It has given me the opportunity to experience different emotions that I might not get to in my personal life. I am grateful to do what I love.
Q: Has having a public career changed how you make choices in any way?
Sure. I have become more private with my life and family. I don’t feel the need to have every aspect of my life on display all the time. I play characters and tell stories that are not who I am. And it is important to keep those those separate, for one’s sanity. It has also changed the stories I want to tell. I always imagine my children watching me years from now devoting time to something I don’t want to do, and them asking why I chose to do that project. I have to fully believe and commit to the work I choose.
Q: What do you want your children to know about what their future might be at age 29?
Hopefully they will have chosen to go to college, study something they love and be in pursuit of it at this point. I want them to know themselves, and their values and beliefs, and give back to the world they live in. All of this, and hopefully they are making time for fun, too!
About Sasha Alexander:
A talented and versatile actress in both film and television, Sasha Alexander currently can be seen playing Dr. Maura Isles on TNT’s hit drama Rizzoli & Isles. Alexander is well known for her role as Special Agent Caitlin Todd in the first two seasons of NCIS. On the big screen, Alexander can also be seen in such films as He’s Just Not That Into You, Yes Man, Mission: Impossible III, Tenure, and Love Happens. This year, Alexander can be seen in Michel Compte’s “The Girl from Nagasaki,” a modern adaptation of “Madame Butterfly.” Ms. Alexander resides in Los Angeles with her husband, film director Edoardo Ponti, and her two children.
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