Kristen Johnston Is Just Trying to Stay Sane

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Name: Kristen Johnston
Age: How dare you? Kidding. I'm 42
Neighborhood: West Village
Occupation: Actress, teacher. Currently appearing in So Help Me God!, through December 20 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre.


Who's your favorite New Yorker, living or dead, real or fictional?
Wallace Shawn and Frederick Olmsted, the guy who designed Central Park.

What's the best meal you've eaten in New York?
Impossible.

In one sentence, what do you actually do all day in your job?
Try to stay sane.

Would you still live here on a $35,000 salary?
No. Yes. I'd figure something out, cause I ain't leaving.

What's the last thing you saw on Broadway?
Wishful Drinking.

Do you give money to panhandlers?
Yes.

What's your drink?
Club soda.

How often do you prepare your own meals?
Two to three times a week.

What's your favorite medication?
Oooooh. I guess nowadays I'd have to say aspirin.

What's hanging above your sofa?
Nothing yet, just moved.

How much is too much to spend on a haircut?
$300.

When's bedtime?
2 a.m.

Which do you prefer, the old Times Square or the new Times Square?
OLD!!!! I miss it!

What do you think of Donald Trump?
Funny. New York personified.

What do you hate most about living in New York?
Noise, mice, people with bad umbrella etiquette ... when it rains I get poked in the eye at least two to three times a day.

Who is your mortal enemy?
No one. Father Time, maybe?

When's the last time you drove a car?
Two days ago.

How has the Wall Street crash affected you?
I've had to put myself on a budget. Poor me.

Times, Post, or Daily News?
Times.

Where do you go to be alone?
My little house in nowheresville, Connecticut.

What makes someone a New Yorker?
The knowledge you could never really be happy anywhere else.