Star of the CW’s 'Aliens in America'

Amy Pietz, star of the CW’s “Aliens in America

Book I’m reading:
A collection of short stories called “The Book of Other People,” edited by Zadie Smith. I needed something lighter after “What is the What” by Dave Eggers.

Total number of books I own:
Pre-divorce: A few hundred.
Post-divorce and 6 moves across North America: 100 or so (half of them are birth related, because I’m also a doula.)

Three books that mean a lot to me:
“The Way of the Superior Man” by David Deida
“Guide to Childbirth” by Ina May Gaskin
“The Color of Water” by James McBride

What book would you like to see brought to the bigscreen?
“The Color Of Water.” I really want to be a part of telling that great story one day.

Last film I saw:
“Pocketful of Miracles,” directed by Frank Capra

Three films that mean a lot to me:
“Boogie Nights,” directed by Paul Thomas Anderson
“When the Levees Broke,” directed by Spike Lee
And all of Ross McElwee’s docs, but “Charlene or How Long Has This Been Going On” in particular.

Who do you think was the brightest star of the silver screen?
Bette Davis

If you could play any real-life person in a movie, who would it be and why?
My birth mother; the formerly drug addicted jazz singing, born again Christian, who now cleans houses. Her story is amazing, and she’s one of the most fascinating people I’ve ever met.

Who do you look to for inspiration?
Jerzy Gregorek, and Michaela Bohem, my birthing clients, Louis Armstrong. I always say to myself in times of trouble, “WWDHPD?” which translates to: “What Would David Hyde Pierce Do?”

Song currently playing in my iPod:
“Fiery Crash,” Andrew Bird

Three songs that mean a lot to me:
I play “Beautiful World” by Colin Hay when I workout, I play Bettye LaVette’s version of “Joy” when I feel weak in spirit, and I play “Misty Mountain Hop” by Led Zeppelin… to get the led out, of course.

Ever feel that certain song lyrics were written with you in mind? What are they?
“Lullaby in Blue” by Jennifer Warnes and Adam Cohen.

Concert that changed your life:
The Tierney Sutton Band.

Guilty pleasures:
TV: Stephen Colbert. And here’s why it’s guilty: I had a funny sex dream about him one night. He was wearing his suit jacket, tie, glasses and no pants, and we were spinning around on that turntable thingy that he stands on in the intro of his show.
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Film: ”West Side Story”
* Reading material: “Dear Lover” by David Deida
* You Tube video: Vagina Power. A MUST SEE

Best hangover remedy?
Drink a big glass of water with two aspirin before going to bed, sleep till noon, and have huevos rancheros for lunch, then work out when the willies go away. At least that’s what I’ve been told.

What advice would you give to someone trying to break into your profession?
To break into this craft, most people go to school and learn how to do it. If they’re really good at it, they forget what they’ve learned when the cameras are rolling or when they’re on stage. But once you break in… drive it like you stole it.

Do you have a dream project?
Starring in the next play that Tracy Letts writes

What helps you get out of bed in the morning?
My cats

Who was your celebrity crush growing up?
Grover. Hence the Stephen Colbert sex dream. It’s all making sense now.

Are there any activities you do to make you feel un-famous?
Almost everything I do makes me feel un-famous, whether I mean it to or not. “Feeling famous” is not all it’s cracked up to be.

What’s more dangerous: a mountain lion or a bitter ex?
I have an unusually great relationship with my ex husband. We are best friends. But I hear there is no contest.

Would you rather see a Lakers game next to Jack Nicholson or a Knicks game next to Spike Lee?
A Bulls game next to Phil Jackson anytime between 1989 and 1998. I once got in a brawl at a Bulls game. My ex husband got punched, I attacked the guy who punched him by jumping on him and biting his ear, and we ended up at the bottom of a pile of people that the cops had to break up. So, yes indeed, an ex is more dangerous than a mountain lion.

What’s the single worst purchase you’ve made in the last year?
Subscription to an online dating service

Five people whom I’d like to see answer this survey:
Billy Holiday, Leonard Cohen, Studs Terkel, Herman Leonard, the author of this survey

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