What attracted you to play Phyllis?
My family are big fans of the book so as soon as I heard Disney was making a film, my immediate reaction was yes!
How has the past crazy year been for you?
It’s been a roller-coaster and there are good days and bad days but we’re doing the best we can. I have two daughters [Satyana, 11, and Keeva, 8] so thankfully we have a big house and a big yard. My husband [Alexis Denisof] and I focused on just trying to make it a fun and calm time for them.
Have you taken up any hobbies during your time off?
Yes, the list is long! I’m a big crafter and started the pandemic by saying, “I’m going to start rock painting and do one every day.” But we dropped that after a few months as we were getting overrun with rocks. I’ve also just learned to crochet and plan to start yarn bombing all my trees.
You seem to work with some of the funniest people in Hollywood. Which former co-star is your celebrity bestie?
It goes through spells but right now I’m in a phase where I talk to my former Buffy the Vampire Slayer co-stars Felicia Day and Seth Green just about everyday. They are such fun.
Any chance you’ll be coming Down Under to film something soon?
I just need to get a job. My whole family would love to come to Australia. Satyana just did a school project on the Great Barrier Reef and she even tried Vegemite.
How did that go down?
It didn’t [laughs]. She had tears forming in her eyes and had to spit it out. She said it’s “really salty”, but good on her for trying.
(Flora and Ulysses is streaming on Disney Plus from Fri., Feb. 19)
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