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2014 - Issue 1 - Winter

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brought in 12 foster children over the course of my years at home. I was 10 when we started doing that, and I have the utmost respect for that whole experience. It makes you very grateful for what you have. RM: You have a lot to be grateful for. What's coming up next? MM: After Expecting, I shot an indie called Fort Bliss, which is a drama about a young woman who is an army medic returning home after 15 months' deployment in Afghanistan; she's reacclimating into society and trying to reconnect with her family. That movie I'm really, really proud of. I have a romantic comedy with Chris Evans called A Many Splintered Thing, a movie called Better Living Through Chemistry with Sam Rockwell, and True Detective on HBO. I'm really excited about that project. It's incredible, the caliber of people I had the opportunity to work with: "I 12, and then I'll be shooting a pilot for HBO called Open, a new Ryan Murphy show about open relationships. It's very provocative. RM: Where are you shooting it? MM: Los Angeles, believe it or not! In terms of balancing family/work, that's going to make it a lot easier. RM: When you travel, do you bring the family? MM: I find it more difficult to uproot the whole family, and I feel guilty either way—as every working mom does—so I try to do what's best for them, and I find what's best for our family is to keep them in their routine. They don't miss me nearly as much as I miss them. I'm the adult, and I can handle that just barely. [Laughs] I work 14 hours a day and completely devote myself on set, and then when I finish that job I can devote 100 percent of my time to being a mom and being will still be working as an actress because I'm going to will it." —Michelle Monaghan Leather coat ($1,480), chiffon blouse ($285), and trousers ($285), Longchamp. Brass and leather cuff, Pluma ($225). Shoes, Jimmy Choo ($695). Similar styles at 63 E. Oak St., 312-255-1170; Styling by Brad Goreski Makeup by Shane Paish at Walter Schupfer Management using Marc Jacobs Beauty Hair by Luke Chamberlain for Oribe Hair Care Manicure by Tracey Sutter for Cloutier Remix using Sheswai's For Real the writers, the director Cary Fukunaga—he did that wonderful film Sin Nombre a few years ago; he also directed Jane Eyre. RM: He directed every episode of the show, correct? MM: He did, he did. The series is about two detectives—Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson—whose paths converge as they're investigating a serial case. I play the wife of Woody Harrelson. It's pretty dark and gritty, and all of our professional and personal lives interweave over the course of 20 years. RM: Normally you hear about television shows and there's always a different director for each episode; to go on that journey with one director must have been really intense, for him especially. MM: Yeah, very much so, but it was such a great way to develop all the nuance of these characters because it was such a long time—over six months. RM: Did the director also write it? MM: No, a wonderful writer named Nic Pizzolatto did. He's written a few nonfiction books, and this is his first for cable. He's really talented, so that was a wonderful experience. That starts January proud of the job that I'm doing there. RM: Where's the Michelle time? MM: [Laughs] I make time for myself as well, just going on a hike—an hour with some music, or walking out of the house and talking on the phone and just being outside.... And I like baking. That's like my yoga. RM: Where do you see yourself in 10 years' time? MM: I'm going to still be working as an actress because I'm going to will it. I love this job so much, I can't imagine doing anything else. I hope to have a very long career and still be doing work that really inspires me. RM: Are there any actresses in their 50s or 60s whose careers you admire? MM: I love Annette Bening, Jessica Lange, and my all-time favorite, Gena Rowlands. Those women have been so daring in all of their choices, and they have careers they can be extraordinarily proud of. That's all I can hope for, really: to still be doing what I love—with a couple of grandkids on my lap. RM: Not in 10 years, though. MM: [Laughs] Yeah, no! MA MICHIGANAVEMAG.COM 094-097_MA_FEAT_CS_Winter_14copy.indd 97 97 1/9/14 5:21 PM

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