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The Emmy-winning actress on her love of courtroom drama, canines and candy.
7 Things You Might Not Have Known About Debra
"I was already singing and dancing at 3. When my parents took me to see Annie on Broadway, it changed my life. I sat up in my seat, turned to them and said, 'I want to be up there. That's what I want to do!'"
"I'm crazy about Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, jewelry and dogs. I couldn't go a day without Henry, my Havanese, and Laila, a Coton de Tulear. They bring such joy to my life."
"My ultimate way to unwind is to take a nice, long bath."
"I believe in astrology. If I'm reading a magazine or newspaper—even if it's two months old—I have to read my horoscope. I'm definitely a Leo: strong-willed, fiercely loyal and passionate."
"The toughest thing about being a single mom is setting boundaries so that my professional life doesn't eat into personal time with my 10-year-old, Roman. Finding the right balance is hard."
"No bouquets for me—I'm allergic to flowers, even floral perfume. When I was filming The Wedding Date a new makeup artist was doused in the stuff, and my face turned so red and my eyes got so puffy we had to stop shooting for nearly three hours. I'm a spokesperson for Zyrtec because it's a lifesaver."
"I always wanted to be a lawyer. That was my plan B if I didn't go into acting. I'm fascinated by the judicial system, and in my downtime I watch live trials on TV. Real life is the best theater around."
Originally published in the June 2014 issue of Family Circle magazine.