Meet Sarah Jones. Maybe you recognize the Los Angeles-based actress from Ugly Betty, Sons of Anarchy, or Big Love. Perhaps she caught your eye when her lovely face graced the pages of Vanity Fair in 2012. Or you may be watching her recently released role as Pauline Wykoff in the History Channel’s miniseries “Texas Rising,” a show that outlines the Texas revolution against Mexico and was released on May 25th. From the wonders of motherhood to her preferred medium of art, I had a myriad of questions for Sarah. Admire her through the eyes of photographer Abigail Briley Bean as you immerse yourself in her world.
LF: Hi Sarah, welcome to Live FAST. Can you give us a brief introduction to yourself?
SJ: Just your average east coast transplant chasing the west coast sun.
LF: You are most popularly known as an onscreen actress. Do you dabble in any other mediums of art?
SJ: Dancing was my first love for a solid fifteen years and I try to get to a class when I can. I also enjoy playing the piano and writing poetry, but it’s mainly for me, I rarely have the courage to share.
LF: What is the most frustrating obstacle you’ve had to overcome while prepping for a role?
SJ: Conceding to the harsh reality that I’m perfectly capable of living a lifestyle or behaving in a manner I despise.
LF: Your favorite aspect of the film business? And your least favorite?
SJ: There’s nothing more gratifying than being a part of a collaborative project where everyone understands their role and respects the roles of everyone else involved. With that said, there’s nothing more frustrating than being a part of a project where those roles are diminished due to the arrogance of one or more individuals whose concern has nothing to do with telling the story but how to profit from it.
LF: Do you find yourself identifying with many of the characters that you play? Or is acting for you more of the act of putting on different masks for an audience?
SJ: I make sure to find at least one element of the character I can relate to to avoid playing a caricature and keep it human. The rest is trying to walk in someone else’s shoes.
LF: I heard you recently had a baby. What is the biggest misconception you had about parenting?
SJ: That it’s “hard” or “difficult.” It’s an adjustment and at times challenging, but it’s been a very natural journey so far. Then again, maybe this is a question to ask me in 15 years. Also, that cliche, “you’ll understand when you have a kid of your own” – it is cliché for a reason and I completely underestimated how true it is. There are some things about being a parent only a parent can understand regardless of how sensitive or sympathetic you are.
LF: What is your favorite aspect of motherhood?
SJ: Having a connection with someone on such an intimate level since the day they were born. And the smiles. Good lord, I live off of those, they nourish me.
LF: Is there anything in particular that you found surprising upon becoming a mother?
SJ: I was never bothered by my mortality, always at peace with it. Now the thought of missing one moment of my child’s life or leaving her without a mother breaks my heart. On a completely vain note, I’m surprised at the pressure I’ve put on myself to lose the baby weight. Maybe it’s because of my career, but it’s ridiculous that I’m so impatient with myself.
LF: How do you define love?
SJ: Dogs, to me, are walking definitions of love.
LF: How fast do you live?
SJ: I live at my own pace in my own time.