You’ll Never Guess What Laura Linney Is Scared Of...

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Aug 15, 2017

She may be shy but give this American actress a Swedish Fish and she’ll follow you anywhere. As told by Alison Boleyn. 

What’s your greatest strength?

It may be that I have a pretty good disposition, which serves me well when things get dicey.

And what’s your greatest weakness?

I don’t like to disappoint people.

What scares you? 

Riding a Ferris wheel. I don’t know why.

What virtue do you most admire in people?

If we’re talking moral virtues, I think it would be integrity. I’m always impressed by how quiet the real stuff is.

If you could do any other job, what would it be? 

If excellence came with the job, I’d love to be a great cook or dancer. Or an amazing florist.

What’s one thing about you that would surprise people? 

I’m an introvert.

What’s your most treasured possession?

I have a necklace of my grandmother’s. It’s a medal she won in college for expression. She gave it to me on my first day of drama school and I love it.

What’s your idea of absolute happiness?

Great food, family, friends, flowers… and a lake house.

If you could have dinner with two famous people, who would you choose? 

Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes, because they’re my friends – and happen to be famous – and I don’t see them enough. 

What travel experience is on your bucket list?

I’ve always wanted to explore Scandinavia.

How do you switch off?

I love to disappear into old movies. 

What’s your guilty pleasure?

Swedish Fish [wine gums] – lots of them. 

If you could turn back time, what would you change in your life?

I would probably explain to myself that most of the boys I cried over were not worthy of the heartbreak.

What is your greatest achievement?

My son. My family.

Who is your personal hero?

Joseph Polisi, president of The Juilliard School. He’s a great man, author of The Artist as Citizen and a champion of arts education.

What is the most American thing about you?

My high-carb diet.

Where would we find you at a party?

In a corner, having a conversation.

If you were an animal, what would it be?

I am an animal. And I like the animal I am. 

If you were down to your last $20, what would you spend it on?

Swedish Fish; they make me happy.

How would you like to be remembered? 

I hope with love, by my family. 

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