On Her Brain Hemorrhage
“I came out of the hospital with short- and long-term memory loss. My lower left leg was numb. I couldn’t hear out of my right ear. The side of my face was falling down. I thought, ‘I’ll never be pretty again. Who’s going to want to be around me?’”
On her Miscarriage and Choosing to Adopt
“The last time I lost the baby. I went into 36 hours of labor. While we were at the hospital, our adoption attorney called. I thought, ‘This is such a godsend. This is so right.”
On Her Divorce from Phil Bronstein
“He just didn’t see me, talk to me, look at me.”
“His initial intention with me was probably corrupt. I was suckered. I’m embarrassed to say that.”
“I’m loving raising my kid. Quinn is in junior kindergarten, and he’s very exclamatory! Like a little FBI agent, he tells you everything that’s happening, so I call him Agent Quinn. ‘Mom! Toots pooped in the yard!’ ‘Thank you, Agent Quinn.’ And Laird is like a rocket. He came home with his violin from school yesterday and played it all night. He’s a big romancer: When you talk to him on the phone, he’s like, ‘I’m in love with you, Mommy.’ ”
“I’ve made humanitarian causes and my children much more my priority than the Hollywood scene, being liked and getting movie parts.”
On Her Future as an Actor
“If I’m not going to be a big movie star again, then guess what? That wasn’t my destiny.”
“People call and want me to play parts that I used to play. I’m like, ‘You have no idea what I have been through!’”
On Dealing with Hardship
“I thought I’d never be okay again. But you can get okay—though you have to have fortitude.”
“I would go to these [philanthropic] events where I had to get on stage. I would be in the wings, with people looking at me, my head on the floor, praying: ‘God, please help me. I know I have to go out there and raise money. But I’ve lost my child, I’ve lost my health, I’ve lost everything’ I was just broken.”
On Seeking a Relationship
“I’m not just going to be with a guy so there’s a guy in my life.”
I love that you still play the songs that made you famous. I know a lot of bands that get angry about playing their biggest hits. Is it difficult to sustain the energy playing those songs so many years later?
Ken: We’re fans of music, too. There are artists that we like to see, and we want them to play the songs that we love. People ask us if we get tired of playing “All For You.” It’s so fun to see how much it continues to resonate with people so long after that song came out. It’s more a feeling of gratitude that people still care and it can still make people sing every word no matter where we are in the world. And one of the things that’s so gratifying about our fan base is that they sing along to [our news songs, too].
Andrew: Even if they don’t know the words, they’ll just move their mouths as if they know the words. That’s even more fun to watch.
When you write a song about a tough personal experience in your life, does it reopen the wound every time you perform the song?
Andrew: There are certainly times when you fade back to something that reminds you of that time. It takes you back to what inspired the song.
Ken: There’s one song that I wrote that we had done for years, and after Andrew lost his dad he said he couldn’t do it anymore.
Andrew: He wrote it about losing his younger brother to cancer. I sang it with him forever, and I was always amazed that he could make it through without much of an issue. And when my dad passed away, I tried to sing it a couple of times and I couldn’t do it.
What song is that?
Ken: It’s called “Running Through the Fields.”
What about you Ryan? I know you wrote songs about your divorce. Is it difficult to keep singing those songs after you’ve healed?
Ryan Newell (lead and slide guitar, harmony vocals): The songs definitely helped me get through [my divorce] at the time and put my feelings into music. It’s like therapy. But I don’t go back to that place from where they came from. Once they went into the song they took on a life of their own. I don’t relive it every time we play the song. They don’t have that weight anymore.
I wasn’t going to comment on this, but the story won’t seem to go away, so it’s worth mentioning. Paula Deen has based her career on unhealthy foods, and she’s currently being chastised for hiding her diabetes. First, if you didn’t know that Paula Deen’s recipes could cause diabetes from excessive sugar intake, then you’re pretty dumb. Second, all things are good in moderation, and no one forced you to eat her food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Furthermore, she’s no more responsible for diabetes than McDonalds is for heart attacks. Grow a brain, lose some weight, and start eating better.