Star Turn: Shonda Rhimes

Shonda Rhimes’ hit TV shows really pack in the draaaama! But in real life, the mom of three is an easygoing parent prone to impromptu dance parties, story time and honoring everyday heroes. 

Photo: Robert Trachtenberg/Trunk Archive


Living Large

“We tend to ask our girls to be nice and quiet and sweet and to not make so much noise. Boys are never asked to do those sorts of things. I really want my daughters [ages 3, 4 and 13] to feel like they belong in every room. I’d rather they be loud and brash than make themselves smaller to accommodate other people.”

House of Mirth

“I grew up in a really big family as the youngest of six in University Park, Illinois. My siblings were always involved in what felt like adventures to me. Whenever we were all together, it felt like a party.”

Game Changers

“One of the reasons I get involved in initiatives like the G2 Overachievers Grant is because I want my kids to see everyday heroes doing amazing things to change the world.”

Land of Nod

“Each night, the kids pile into my bed in their pajamas. We read a few books, they tell me what went on in their day and we sing a couple of songs. My bed is where everything happens.”

Watch Those Needles!

“I’m very competitive at everything I do. When I say that I’ve knitted competitively, I’m not joking.”

My Favorite Things

  • “I collect first editions of certain authors. I’ve worked hard to get as many first editions of Noel Streatfeild’s Ballet Shoes and the Little House on the Prairie series as possible.”
  • “I’ve been using Pilot’s blue G2 pen for ages­—I edit all my scripts with it.”
  • “I’m on a Sojourner Truth bender these days. Her quote ‘Truth is powerful and it prevails’ is something I say a lot now—which I think drives my children crazy.”
  • “We have a lot of 30-second dance parties in my house. I’m obsessed with The Hamilton Mixtape—the kids, not so much. The little ones are very interested in Yo-Yo Ma, which is adorable.”