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Ch-ch-check out J.Law grilling her pal Emily about turning 30, choosing her family, and being “sensitive on a level that is problematic” (below):
JL: When you act, do you use your imagination? Do you use wounds from the past?
ES: That’s a good question!
JL: I know; I’m a great interviewer.
ES: Well, I tend to use a lot of stuff that has actually happened in my life, and I pull from feelings that came with certain experiences. Then it at least feels productive to have all these feelings [laughs], which is why I started acting in general. And I guess I use my imagination to an extent.
JL: So you can make yourself cry purely just from imagining something horrible? You’re that sensitive?
JL: I know you, but I have to ask for the people who don’t know you. Emily, are you sensitive?
ES: I am sensitive on a level that is problematic.
JL: Emily blushes watching TV. She blushes for someone on TV.
ES: [Laughs] I mean, I’ve talked to my therapist about it before, and she’s like, Thank God you found [acting].
JL: An outlet.
ES: I started acting in youth theater when I was 11. But it’s weird when it becomes your job. And then there are other parts of it, like sitting here with the tape recorder in between us, that aren’t things that you think about when you’re a kid and it’s just like, ‘This is a safe, great place to feel a lot.’
On Turning 30
ES: Honestly, turning 30—because I’m turning 30 in a couple of months—I know people talk about, like, turning 30 and the experience of that.
JL: Thirty, flirty, and thriving!
ES: [Laughs] My twenties were a really interesting time, and there’s been a lot that has happened in these past 10 years, both positive and not as positive. It’s weird how much turning 30 crystallizes your life. Instead of just living the dreams that I had in my youth and getting to do the job that I love to do and making friends and going through all of that, it’s like, Now what do I actively want as an adult?
JL: What do you think caused your anxiety? Do you think you were born like that, or do you think something happened that made you extremely sensitive, or do you think that you’re naturally pathetic?
ES: I think that it’s a combination of all of it.
JL: Do you remember a time when you felt more anxious than you ever had?
ES: Yeah, when I was seven. That’s when I started having panic attacks, which I’ve talked about pretty extensively. I think your wiring is just kind of what you are. My mom always says that I was born with my nerves outside of my body. But I’m lucky for the anxiety, because it also makes me high-energy.
JL: Who’s your favorite friend?
ES: I really like [Lawrence’s dog] Pippi.
JL: She has a personality!
ES: I love Pippi’s mom.
JL: So are friends important to you? And why?
ES: I think friendship is pretty much everything. Here’s another turning-30 thing I’ve realized: You pick your family. You realize that your friendships, the people who go with you into these next phases of your life— you’re choosing your family.
JL: And what’s most important to you in friendship?
ES: Loyalty is enormous.
JL: Oh, I love that you pointed at me.
ES: You’ve been one of my most loyal friends for years. And I think knowing that you can laugh together and that not everything has to be such a big deal.
On Having Kids
JL: Would you be a mother? She’s going to be the best mom; she’s so nurturing.
ES: That’s how you are! I think your maternal instinct is very strong and always has been.
JL: Thank you, honey.
ES: My perspective about kids has changed as I’ve gotten older. I never babysat or anything. As a teenager, I was like, I’m never getting married, I’m never having kids. And then I got older and I was like, I really want to get married, I really want to have kids.
JL: When I was a teenager, every boyfriend I had I was like, I guess this is the one! I was that girl. [Laughs] Wouldn’t it be great if we could have a baby?
ES: Aw, a whole village.
ES: It’s the turning-30 thing where you’re like, I’m not that young. I’m young, but I’m not that young.
Read the whole adorable interview HERE!
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