Liza Colón-Zayas Swears by Brené Brown, ‘Hacks’ and Hugs

Author: Yuvi November 21, 2022

Liza Colón-Zayas Swears by Brené Brown, 'Hacks' and Hugs

2. Stephen Adly Guirgis He’s my favorite living playwright. We go way back, and he’s written many roles for me. As a born and raised New Yorker, his ear for the streets is unlike anyone else’s. His rhythm and the layer of comedy in his plays makes the pain palatable.

3. My Mom’s Greeting Cards Mom always remembers to celebrate all of her loved ones’ birthdays and anniversaries. She’ll write these sweet personal messages in every one and use up all the space, then there’ll be an arrow pointing to more writing on the back. She’s always been my cheerleader. She’s 84 and has gone through a lot of struggles in this life, has all kinds of chronic illnesses, but she just emanates positivity.

4. Home Being an actor means going deep and giving it all to the audience, so home is a place to recharge. Give me my couch, the remote control, my delivery app, and I’m in my happy place. There’s a little Italian place near us called Bella Notte, and they make the greatest cheesesteak sandwich ever. Yes, I said that! Sorry Philadelphia.

5. Binging Shows With My Husband I love watching shows with David because he does the hilarious commentary. Some of our recent binges are “Succession,” “What We Do in the Shadows,” “Abbott Elementary,” “Hacks,” and of course “The Bear.” “Hacks” is so brilliantly funny and offbeat, and “Abbott Elementary” has that mockumentary feel but representing people who work in schools who look like me. And of course I love “The Bear” — I was not shocked, but a little super-impressed with how well the pilot turned out.

6. “Atlas of the Heart” by Brené Brown My friend, the actress Elizabeth Rodriguez, is always up on the latest self-help books, articles and podcasts. When she raved about this one, I decided to check it out. Mind-blowing. Brown breaks down a long list of human emotions and triggers and helps the reader understand the subtle differences in order to accurately name, face and address them. Just a couple of days ago, I was feeling anxious, and this immediately got me grounded and able to recognize my anxiety or my impostor syndrome. I feel like I need to be playing this one on a loop every three months.

7. Labyrinth Theater Company This ensemble theater, which was formerly the Latino Actors Base, has been my artistic support system since 1992. Our ragtag company celebrates its 30th anniversary this fall. I’ve made lifelong friends, met my husband and received the best training there. They helped embrace who I am, rather than erase what makes me me. Finally having in-person meetings with them makes me giddy.

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