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At 11, Schilling launched her acting career with a part in a school musical and has been honing her comic timing and improv skills ever since. In her latest film, "The Overnight," about a playmate gone wild, Schilling stars opposite
Your schedule is hectic, but you seem calm. How do you do it?
Every morning I meditate for 10 to 30 minutes. And I make time to exercise. …I believe if you make an effort to be "still," you are on the right track. It's like going to the gym; whatever you do is better than nothing. … I also make time to read. If I'm feeling impulsive, I buy e-books. But I like real books. Turning pages is satisfying.
What do you do for exercise?
I practice yoga a couple of times a week. A year ago, I started doing Pilates. Sometimes I work out with a trainer. I do Spin classes but prefer going with a friend. Living by the Hudson River, every day I try to walk or run outside.
What foods do you choose or avoid?
I don't eat a lot of sugar. I try not to get caught up in my appearance but to keep the focus on my insides. So I don't do juice cleanses or fast. I don't diet. I eat carbs. Usually, I eat three fairly balanced meals a day, plus two snacks. For snacking, I'm a big fan of string cheese or nuts. I drink a lot of water and sometimes green tea with a little lemon.
How have you bounced back from career disappointments?
Resilience has always been part of my makeup. As I get older, [I see that] the more normal my real life is, the more I can take risks and deal with the ups and downs … that come with my work. Having authentic relationships with people I can be myself around is important. Every day, no matter what I'm doing or where I am, I talk to my friends and people I love.
Your father is a former prosecutor. What does he say about you playing a felon? Do you watch your show with him?
The first day I got my jumpsuit that said "Property of DOC" [Department of Corrections], I sent him a picture. He texted back something like "Heart attack!"… He's not a big fan of nudity. We don't talk about it. We don't watch together — nor will we ever.