ML - Michigan Avenue

2013 - Issue 5 - September

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ALI'S NEXT ACT Whether promoting her upcoming film and TV projects, working culinary magic in the kitchen, or exploring her adopted hometown of Chicago, actress, mother, and newly minted cookbook author Ali Larter is following her passions to the limit—and loving every minute of it. By Meg Mathis Photography by Brian Bowen Smith H er career may have gotten a jump-start when she appeared on the cover of Esquire's November 1996 issue as the fictional Allegra Coleman, but in the intervening years, Ali Larter has made a very real name for herself. A native of Cherry Hill, New Jersey, the actress has captivated audiences in big-screen hits like Varsity Blues, Final Destination, Legally Blonde, and Obsessed, and rose to even greater stardom on NBC's cult drama Heroes. Still, Larter's most cherished roles are those of wife (to Chicago's own Hayes MacArthur) and mother to 2-year-old Theodore. Along with her roles in You're Not You, Lovesick, and TNT's upcoming series Legends, Larter is also celebrating the debut of her first cookbook, Kitchen Revelry: A Year of Festive Menus from My Home to Yours ($32.50; St. Martin's Press). In an exclusive interview with Michigan Avenue, Larter shares her greatest loves, from cheering on the Stanley Cup Champion Blackhawks to advocating for others around the world. 118 You've been spending a lot of time here lately. What do you think of Chicago? I've just completely fallen in love with the city. I hadn't been before I met my husband, and he has introduced me to my great love of the Blackhawks. I have been so inspired by that young team. I love being able to walk around downtown and pop into different shops like Trabert & Hoeffer—my husband's family has been getting beautiful things there for years and years. We love taking our son to the zoo; it's incredible that Chicago has a free public zoo. We love to meet Hayes's friends from elementary school— people he's known his whole life—and, you know, you can't go through Chicago without going to Gibsons for a New York steak. It's really the people, though—it's the energy of Chicago that I'm so attracted to. You're in the big-screen drama You're Not You with Hilary Swank and Emmy Rossum, and the romantic comedy Lovesick with Matt MICHIGANAVEMAG.COM 118-121_MA_FEAT_CoverStory_Sept_13.indd 118 8/7/13 12:44 PM

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