After starring in movies like The Whole Ten Yards and the Oscar nominated Syriana, Amanda Peet is returning to television as a lawyer juggling life as a single mother on NBC’s Bent. Married in real life with two daughters, Frances Pen, 4 1/2 and Molly June, 1 1/2, Breezy Mama’s Maya got the scoop on whether she’s a strict mom, the worst dieting advice she’s ever gotten and more.
What are some similarities with your character on Bent and you?
Hopefully a lot. I’m a mom, I’m trying to run a household. I do have a very supportive husband, so that’s a major difference. It is very hard to try and do everything well. My theory is strive for mediocrity.
What kind of mom are you?
I’m learning on the job. My daughters are thriving.
Are you strict?
Yes, I’m probably the strict one between the two of us.
Do they show any acting abilities?
Sadly, a few.
Do you have feature stars?
All I can say is I hope not.
Will they have to wait?
Oh yes. I had to wait and they will have to wait.
What do you do to relax?
I’m a fairly psychotic fan of Always Sunny in Philadelphia. It’s a little disturbing. Arguably I should be in therapy for it, but it’s my thing and I take pride in it.
What is your favorite beauty item?
I really like Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream. My mom used to wear it and she used to wear it on her cuticles so — even when she would clean my ears– it’s a very nostalgic scent.
What do you do for exercise?
I’m a very binge exerciser. And right now I’m in a really good moment and I go to the gym and I go on that thing that is an escalator. You’re walking up the stairs basically… it’s actually moving stairs and apparently it’s good for your tuckas.
What’s the worst diet advice you ever got?
Don’t eat carbs. Who thought of that?
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Maya Ramirez Drake lives in Carlsbad with her husband Todd and their three reading sons, Noah (14), Lucas (12) and Joshua (9). She is a third grade teacher at Buena Vista Elementary School. Maya graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a Major in English and a Minor in Spanish. She recieved her Teaching Credential from the California State University, San Marcos. Her teaching experiences include ESL/Citizenship instructor, EL and Reading tutor as well as first and second grade teacher. Maya grew up in a family of educators and values all that she has learned from her family and from her own teachers throughout her educational career. Her teaching philosophy is to value each child and to instill a love of learning in all her students. Maya and her family enjoy surfing, paddle boarding, soccer and camping in Northern California.