Frequently Asked Questions

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Q. What is your fitness routine?
A. I have a trainer..I run on the treadmill for a half hour to forty five minutes...I also use machines and free weights and do stretching exercises.

Q. What was your wedding song?
A. Kenny G's Wedding Song..he had just come out with it and gave us permission to use it.

Q. If you had the choice would Rick and Lily Sammler have had a boy or girl? and what name would you chose?
A. Since Lily has two girls I would pick a boy as for the name...I would want to name him after he would be a Jr.

Q. What are your plans now?
A. I will find out if a project will be going through in Nov..if that fall through I will be taking a break until the first of the year. I need to finish the work on the house and get some rest.

Q. Are you fearful of TV now that Once and Again has been cancelled?
A. No not at is rare for shows to make it as long as Once and Again...It was a pretty good run. I would never do another hour is too demanding time wise..I prefer half hour shows or features.

Q. Have you ever wanted to do Sci-Fi or Comedy?
A. I enjoy Comedy..not really into Sci-Fi but wouldn't say it couldn't happen.

Q. When and where will your book tour be taking place?
A. In October..I will be in New York, Washington D.C., Nashville, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Birmingham, Jackson and Meridian.

Q. Are you religious or spiritual or both?
A. I have a strong belief in God..I find religion to be a very personal thing...I am also very spiritual.

Q. What is your ethnic background?
A. French, Irish and English

Q. Will you now focus on movies or television?
A. Both are fine as long as it is a quality project.

Q. Will there be products with your photo on them for fans to buy anytime soon?
A. We will check into it and let you know.

Q. Where can I get the star pants Lily wore in the first episode of the last season?
A. Kitson on Robertson in Los Angeles

Q. Between Lily and Teddy which role was your favorite?
A. Lily

Q. Who would you most like to work with?
A. Meryl Streep and Diane Keaton

Q. Of all the movies that you made which one is your favorite?
A. The Fugitive

Q. Any roles you regret not taking?
A. No

Q. Favorite Designer?
A. Loves too many to name them all

Q. Favorite style of jeans?
A. Always changing but right now Seven

Q. What beauty products don't you leave home without?
A. Lipstick, Evian water, Sunscreen and Sunglasses.

Q. Will you be letting your hair grow long again?
A. It is long again....already shoulder length.

Q. What is your favorite color?
A. Blue

Q. What is your favorite animal?
A. Dogs...own two..Nibbles and Joey

Q. What kind of horses do you have?
A. Quarter horse

Q. Favorite Song?
A. Whiter Shade of Pale

Q. Favorite tv show?
A. Once and Again

Q. Favorite book?
The Witching Hour by Anne Rice

9/02 Taken from the old message board:
Q. G. H. and Celeste Ward. what realation are you to them? I attended school with them and graduated from MHS in 1940.
A. G.H. is my father and my aunt Celeste is his sister.

Q. What beauty products do you consider "must haves"? Will you be creating any beauty products for your new spa?
A. I have decided not to do the spa. Too time consuming. I use products from my dermatologist but the best things you can do for your skin, are not smoke always use sunscreen and drink a lot of water. I always carry Evian bottle and sunscreen. It makes a huge difference.

Q What were your favorite movies this past summer?
A. The Big Fat Greek Wedding and One Hour photo.

Q. I was wondering if the show was on for a forth season do you know what storylines the writers had in mind?
A. I have no idea and I don't think they knew either.

Q. I just want to know how it is when you work with a nice cast of people. Do you become very close and spend time together in your time off?
A. You do become very close like a family but because you see each other for such an intense period of time on the set everyday. You really don't end up socializing that much.

Q. I was wondering if you actually read your fan mail? How does it make you feel when you read about how much your fans adore you?
A. Yes I read my fan mail and it always feels great to be acknowledged for your work and know you are effecting someone's life in a positive way. I am always very appreciative.

Q.My 16-year-old niece, who lives in Meridian, is very interested in a career in entertainment. She is gorgeous (of course I am prejudiced), almost 6 feet tall, and sings and dances. She recently e-mailed me asking for ideas on how to get started in modeling or as a performer. Any help you can provide would be greatly appreciated.
A. If she is serious about modeling. She should take a trip to NYC. Find out the times from various agencies when they have open calls. You do not have to know anyone to get an appointment. They will chose you or not based on the look at the moment. But then you will know.

Q. Since I am very far from home(I'm from Brazil)and I am very close to my family and friends, "HOMESICK" is a felling that hit me a lot.So I was wondering how the idea of writing a book about that came up to you?What do you do when you feel like this?Do you have any favorite comfort food?
A. I was approached about writing a book and I explored with the publisher what I was interested in writing about. And so much of my life has been about returning home and longing for home, wanting my children to know about my roots. And I thought I can't be the only one to feel this way so I thought it would be an interesting topic to explore. As for comfort foods, its always something southern, fried chicken, mashed potatoes, black eyed peas and corn bread.

Q. What do you think about Mark Frankel, your partner in Sisters (Simon Bolt)? And… how did you feel in 1996, after the new about his death?
A. He was a very sweet guy. It was such a tradegy to learn about his death. He was much too young.

Q. First I just wanted to thank for your help. You have been instrumental in a battle with anorexia that I have had. You are my hero. As an inspiring actress, what advice do you have for someone who is trying to make it, and who is willing to work hard to do so?
A. Study as hard as you can and if you are serious Los Angeles is the place for television and movies and New York for theater. I am so happy that you are doing better. Hang in there.

Q. I would also like to send you my sincerest sympathies for the loss of your mother. I lost my father in January and thought of you, having heard that your mother was ill. I was very sorry to hear of her passing. What's your favorite Monty Python or Mel Brooks film? Have you been to (I'm the webmistress) If so, let me know if there's anything in your section you'd like changed. Loved "The Witching Hour". Did you read the whole series? Do you read Stephen King? If so, which is your favorite of his?
A. I never saw a lot of Monty Python to pick a favorite. Mel Brooks film Blazing Saddles. So sorry about your father. It is a very tough chapter in ones life. I haven't been to your website but will check it out. I never read a Stephen King novel. I have read a lot of Ann Rice because it is like being in my backyard with the New Orleans background to her stories.

Q. Ruthie how would you describe Sela? Sela how would you describe Ruthie?
A. I would describe Sela as, trustworthy, kind, loyal, family oriented, funny, someone who loves her work, intelligent and genuine.
I describe Ruthie as very giving, kind hearted, lovely person.

Q. Your talent is unsurpassed. Once And Again and Sisters captured and showcased your dramatic and comedic talents so beautifully. We as fans were blessed to witness both your dramatic and comedic brilliance in the one hour drama format. Since you are a busy Mom, Wife and celebrity and you'd prefer not to engage in another hour series, do you think you'll do a half-hour sit-com in the future?
A. Thank you. I would consider a half hour sitcom if the script was good.

Q. Do you ever plan to get together with any of the cast members from Once and Again, now that the shows over?
A. I hear from Billy, Marin and Shane pretty often.

Q. Would you ever do another show for ABC? Do you like to read what the press writes about you?
A. Most of the press is sent to my publicist so I do see most of what is written about me. As for ABC you can't take it personally. We had three good years.

Q. Do you still keep in touch with the cast of O&A? What is your favorite O&A episode and why?
A. My favorite episodes are the pilot and episode two. I do keep in touch with a few of the cast members

Q. Being a mother, what childrens movie/cartoon/tv show have you seen hundreds of times? What was your favorite tv show/cartoon as a child? Who is a bigger prankster Clooney or Campbell? If you weren't an actor/model what other career would interest you?

A. My kids enjoy the Disney program, Lizzy McGuire. I loved Dark Shadows as a child. The biggest prankster between George and Billy would be George. If I wasn't an actress I would run a fortune 500 company.

Q. Is there gonna be a renuion of "sisters"episode?
A. I haven't heard anything about a reunion show for Sisters. But if the script was good I would do it.

Q. Sela, it was wonderful meeting you in March when I had the opportunity to come to the set with Ruthie. You are an amazing person. I would like to know if you received the keychain I made in beads with your children's names on it?
A. Yes I did get them. Thank you so much! I didn't realize they were from you. I am sorry it has taken me so long to get back to you.

Q. There was an advert with you smoking moors,did you smoke them in real life?
A. No I have never smoked. That ad was before they made you sign a contract stating you use the product.

Q. I am curious as to how you decided on the names of your children. Austin and Anabella are beautiful names, are they named after friends or family?

A. When it came to naming my daughter I was thumbing through a coffee table book called " A Room of her Own" showing women's private spaces. One photograph was of a little girl caught in midair bouncing on her bed. On the post of her bed was a hand painted box which said "Anabella's mail". She was so adorable that I couldn't get her image and name out of my head. My mother's name was Annie Kate and my grandmother's name was Annie Raye and my middle name is Ann so the Ana part of her name I felt covered the women in my family. The bella half reminds me so much of Italy which is my favorite place on earth! So that is how she got her name, Anabella Raye Sherman.

Austin was another story. I was having a very difficult time figuring out a boy's name. He actually didn't have a name for 8 days after his birth. Howard and I were so frusterated that we asked friends and family to make us lists of their favorite boy's names which we went through daily. One evening we were having dinner with my brother Brock and we asked him to, using our favorite names, pretend to leave a message on a girl's answering machine asking her out on a date. Austin sounded like the coolest guy so we went with that. His middle name is Ward completing his name Austin Ward Sherman.


To Fans of Once and Again:
I don't know where to begin in expressing my appreciation for the loyalty and devotion you have all shown since the beginning of Once and Again. You have warmed my heart and made all the efforts of working on this show worth every minute. The campaign you all participated in from the ad's in the trades to the wonderful billboard was awesome ( I drove by it to see it for myself!). I feel so very grateful to have such wonderful people stand behind my work. Thank you all!!! Have a wonderful summer. Fondly, Sela


July 24, 2000
Dear Friends;
I have never been so touched - to the point of tears - that each
of you would take the time to personally write a note and contribute to
the beautiful plaque. It made my birthday especially meaningful to be
thought of in such a lovely way by such giving people.
I thank you all from the bottom of my heart. It meant more to
me than you'll ever know.

Sela Ward
Photo of Scrapbook Photo of Cards Photo of Plaque

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