Actor Sebastian Roché not only stars on The Originals and Once Upon a Time, he also argues with his better half – actress Alicia Hannah – on which is better, Vegemite or Marmite. The two foodies are constantly cooking together, and we caught up with Sebastian on what he and Alicia (also the founder of personal style site Swank & File) like to make, how they met and when he knew she was the one…
From start to finish, what would be your ideal food day?
Breakfast: Fresh Orange Juice and Earl Grey/Lapsang Souchong tea, with scrambled eggs (pasture raised!) and toast with butter and Marmite.
Dinner: Penne Arrabiata with Burrata Caprese salad, followed by some kind of chocolate. And a glass of Bordeaux – a good Pauillac.
Do you remember your first date with your wife? What was it?
Of course I remember it! I tried to date her for six years! We went hiking in Malibu.
Do you two cook together? What do you like to make?
We cook together all the time. I taught her a lot! We love to make fresh salads – cucumber, lentils with avocado and tomato, Caprese…we could write a cookbook on salads. Breakfast is our big production; we always go all out. Eggs, toast, tea, Orange Juice…a full English breakfast! Then we argue about which is better – Vegemite or Marmite. We barely eat meat except for fish; I make a great cod Livornese and a mean red bell pepper soup. I make a lot of pasta – we make the sauce from scratch always. We blend a lot of French, Korean, Aussie and English influences in our kitchen.
When did you know she was the one?
The moment I laid eyes on her.
What personal grooming products can’t you live without?
Toothbrush. Moisturizer. Mirror.
What’s your workout regimen? Do you two work out together?
Rock climbing, running, horseback riding, Muay Thai, swimming, and yoga. My wife does all of those too. We love to hike with our dog in the mountains.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
What’s the best advice your wife’s given you? Visa versa?
She told me to get out of my own way.
I tell her to be fearless.
What’s your personal mantra?
Your cocktail of choice…
Lagavulin single malt.
Something men should never do on a date…
What are your favorite cities for food? What restaurants do you go to in each?
In the same vein as what is the new black? What is the new potato in any industry?
Diversity. You can’t just do one thing anymore. The sky’s the limit.
*Sebastian Roché and Alicia Hannah, photographed at The Spotted Pig in New York, NY by Danielle Kosann. Sebastian wears Raen sunglasses, Levi’s jeans, All Saints shirt and boots, and a Superdry jacket. Alicia wears RtA leather pants, ZARA jacket, BedStu boots, Toms sunglasses, and a Forever21 shirt and hat.
Love The Originals? Read our interview with Danielle Campbell.
Want to make a Caprese Salad this weekend? Get the recipe here.