I left acting for a couple of years to found my company, Wayfarer, and the first project I did was this documentary series I created called ‘My Last Days’ to remind us that our time...
I’m still ambiguously ethnic. I could be Persian – I could be anything. But I’m Italian and Jewish, so I’m a citizen of the world; that’s what I prefer.
I never realized it until I watched an interview, but sometimes my brain stutters between thoughts, and for some reason it comes out as an ‘ummmm.’ I’m hoping it’s because I’m so smart, and there’s...
Behind every great man is his wife trying to keep him alive.
I’ve always been so curious about death. With my personal beliefs as a Baha’i, we believe that birth and death are very similar and that we’re here on this Earth to develop all of the...
I don’t have cable, and it’s glorious.
One of the things I noticed is that people really change when they realize their expiration date is coming, and they know what it is. Most of us don’t: we just hope we can live...
I had a very quick moment on ‘Happy Endings.’
Sam was helping animals long before he was Sam Simon. He lived what he believed; his thing was making the world better and having rights for animals, and every area of his life reflected that.
I have a production company where we create socially conscious media and content.
Wayfarer is built on the idea that we can actually make a huge difference by creating entertainment and television and digital and branded content with a message. It doesn’t always have to be really, really...
I would say anything is possible on ‘Jane the Virgin.’
We started Wayfarer Entertainment to create content that we felt could actually inspire people to be the best version of themselves. We take life for granted so often, and we don’t realize that tomorrow isn’t...
I’m a Baha’i; we really believe in Baha’i faith that our work has to be our service, especially in the arts.
When I can see things through the lens of the director, it’s like being able to see the whole puzzle – it’s not just about my role, but the whole script.
My little secret before I do every scene is I say a short little prayer.
You’re never safe in ‘Jane the Virgin;’ that’s what I’ll say. You’re never safe on a telenovela, that’s for darn sure, and you’re never safe on ‘Jane the Virgin.’
People grow; people grow apart, and cancer… I’ve had a very in-depth and personal experience with cancer, and it really causes a perspective shift.
I know if I react, and I want to get mad, and emotions come to the surface, I think quickly of my friends who have died and how they overcame their struggle and used their...
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