Jessica Collins

Actress, chef, wife, mom, stepmom, canine mom, le cordon bleu culinary arts grad, best supporting actress Emmy winner, art lover, avid spin cyclist, lifestyle blogger, loyal friend, doing my best to raise kind children and lead by example



What are your
greatest joys?

The first cup of coffee, a good morning kiss, unhurried meals at the table with my family.

What’s one thing worth spending more on to get
the best?

The best quality baking chocolate you can afford.

What is your
favorite food?


What movie has the
greatest ending?

A movie my husband wrote called “Identity” and I’m not being biased! If you like thrillers, it’s a must see!

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

New Orleans. I’m drawn
to this amazing city in the
most magical way.

What are your
beauty secrets?

Sunscreen always, a sleek ponytail for bad hair days, cool tinted sunglasses when sleep is not an option.

What is the best gift
you’ve ever received?

An introduction to my
husband Michael Cooney.

What is your favorite
cocktail drink?

A Sazerac.

What are some of the small things that make your day better?

Teatime, hearing my
kids laughing, tummy
rub time with my dog

What is something that sounds like a compliment
but is actually an insult?

“You’re so much skinnier
in person!”

What is something every woman should do at least once in her life?

Travel alone… one of the
best ways to truly get to
know yourself.

What song would you want played at your funeral?

“When the Saints Go Marching In” … played by a brass band during a traditional New Orleans jazz funeral.

What is on your
bucket list?

A wine-tasting vacation
to the Bordeaux region
of France.

What television shows
are you into?

We’re 20 years late to the
party, but my husband and
I just started watching “The Sopranos”. The writing and acting is SO good, plus there’s a whole retro feel now.

What is the dumbest way
you’ve been injured?

Every kitchen accident I’ve
ever had. Seriously, there
are no smart kitchen

Three vital things
in your kitchen?

Olive oil, French
coffee press, sea salt

Advice to a woman
with a broken heart?

Be kind to yourself and
don’t give up. It’s amazing
how things can turn themselves around when you least
expect it.

What is the best advice
you’ve ever been given?

Find happiness in the
little things in life. Enjoy, appreciate and celebrate
them for all their worth.

What could you do a 40-minute presentation on with absolutely no preparation?

“Finding love and
happiness after 40.”

What’s one secret you are still keeping from your mom?

She’s right more often
than I care to admit.

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