HBO’s Emily Mortimer

Actress Emily Mortimer constantly gives us more and more reasons to love her. Our first reason probably arrived in the form of her as the chic Brit (something she also plays in real life) in Woody Allen’s Matchpoint, then the fast-talking producer in Aaron Sorkin’s The Newsroom and now the lithe, adorable actress (something else she plays in real life) in HBO’s Doll & Em, the second season of which premieres this weekend.

Reasons to love Emily Mortimer? There are probably too many to count. Though she told us to eat and live as though it’s our last hurrah, and makes a mean roast beef; so, uh, guess there’s two more reasons…


From start to finish, what would be your ideal food day?

Fried eggs and bacon for breakfast. Lunch at a restaurant with my husband, somewhere French feeling. Lunch out always feels more illicit and like more of a treat in a way. A cup of tea at about 4pm with a bit of fruit cake. Dinner would be at home cooked by my Mum with me, my family, my sister and all of her family there. My Mum is an amazing cook.

How do you practice beauty from the inside out?

I eat lots of different things. I love cooking, so we have lots of home-cooked meals, but I also have a weakness for classic, old-fashioned restaurants like The River Café. My Dad always said there is no problem so big or heart so broken that it can’t be fixed by dinner in a nice restaurant with a linen table cloth and a glass of champagne.

My exercise routine is intermittent to non-existent. I find it very boring. Although recently I’ve got into dancing at this place called AKT, which is great because you have to learn dance steps and it distracts you from the relentless tedium of working out.

What’s been the most memorable moment on a set in your acting career thus far? 

Being eaten by a lion in The Ghost and the Darkness (a film with Val Kilmer and Michael Douglas about man-eating lions in Africa).

What are some of your pre and post shooting routines? 

My pre-shooting routine is to try to remember to have a bath and get the knots out of my hair. Post-shooting, lots of red wine.

What beauty products can’t you live without?

Batiste dry shampoo (I suffer from a perpetually greasy fringe).

Where do you love to travel? What won’t you travel without?

I love to travel home to England, and to my brother-in-laws house in the countryside in Liguria, outside Genoa.

I won’t travel without too many clothes…Enough that I couldn’t possibly manage to wear them all even if I changed outfits three times a day. My packing policy constantly infuriates my husband.


What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

My Father’s only piece of advice to me was, “Always make sure you’ve lined yourself up with the next boyfriend before you ditch the one you’re with.”

What’s the worst advice you’ve ever received? 

“Honesty is the best policy.”

Do you like to cook? If so what are you go-to dishes? 

I cook good roast dinners for English Sunday lunch (roast beef and all the trimmings).

Advice to women getting up, looking in the mirror and getting dressed…

Actually look in the mirror as little as possible. You look better in your own mind.

Words to both act and eat by…

Eat and live as if it were your last hurrah.

If you could have dinner with five people living or dead who would they be? What would be your quote of the evening?

I’d like all the great characters in my husband’s and my family who died before we were together to have dinner and get a chance to get to know each other properly. His Father’s Father, his Mother’s Mother, his Mother’s Father, my Grandmother. In other words, I want him to meet my dead Grandparents and I want to meet his.

My quote of the evening would be something lame like, “So tell us about all of your different experiences of the 2nd World War…” I’m always desperately trying to help my friends find common ground and it’s mostly pretty awkward. With my son’s friends I often say things like, “So which soccer teams do you all support?” And he wants to die.


*Emily Mortimer, photographed at The River Café in Brooklyn, NY by Danielle Kosann. Emily wears a Preen by Thornton Bregazzi top, Jenni Kayne pants, and Christian Louboutin shoes

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