There's a Laura Dern Speech for Every Quarantine Mood

There's a Laura Dern Speech for Every Quarantine Mood

8/5/2020 10:41:00 AM

There's a Laura Dern Speech for Every Quarantine Mood

The Oscar winner has a new story on the Calm app, but she can help you even if you don't want to relax.

Getty ImagesIf you're having a rough day, I highly recommend taking a phone call from Laura Dern. That's my health and wellness advice to you: Give your phone number to an Oscar winner and then wait for them to ring you up. Repeat as necessary.

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Such was the remedy I sought for a case of the Mondays that beset a recent Tuesday. As it so happened, it was my birthday, though time does not exist in quarantine and I am refusing to age as a result. Still, I had been cooped up in the house for weeks, reading scary headlines, and I was in no mood to celebrate when I got on the horn with Dern."Filled with terror, we panic," she said at the top of our call,"and we don't sleep, and we're watching the news till late at night, and we're eating what's there or eating comfort food." It was such an accurate picture of my daily life that I checked to make sure the camera on my laptop was still off. I would not mind if Laura Dern was spying on me to make sure I was living right, but I'd like to put on a nicer sweatshirt first.

Dern, fresh from her Oscar, Golden Globe, and Screen Actor's Guild wins forMarriage Story, went from having one of the biggest years in her career to hunkering down in Los Angeles with her two teenagers and her mother, Diane Ladd. Stars, it seems, are just like us, as the actress told me the transition has been a bumpy one for her, too.

"I definitely feel jealous when I hear all the amazing things people are doing in their day. I wasn't getting anything done. I feel like I've been doing laundry for nine days." But, she was quick to point out, the solution is not to chastise yourself for not having enough time to live your best quarantine life, but to make use of the time you have in the best way—for yourself and others."We have to be healthy so we can care for others in our family [and] social distance for our community. We are now the school teachers, and we are now the full caregivers of our parents," she said.

Dern with mother Diane Ladd and children Jaya Harper and Ellery Harper. Read more: ELLE Magazine (US) »

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