Geneva Carr has spent much of her career either on stage or on screen, with appearances Off-Broadway at MCC Theater, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, and Rattlestick, among many others; and memorable roles in films like Love and Other Drugs, College Road Trip, and It’s Complicated and the television series “Sex and the City,” “The Good Wife,” “The Leftovers,” and “Elementary.” Given her credits, some will find it impossible to believe that she is just now making her Broadway debut—and she most unforgettably is—in the fierce, funny, and poignant new American play Hand to God, by Robert Askins, which begins previews on March 14th ahead of an April 7th Broadway opening night. We pulled Geneva away from the last days of tech for a quick chat On the Couch.
What do you consider to be your best asset?
My bubbly personality, replete with sweetness and just enough bite to make it fun.
What was your proudest moment?
Toss up. Touring the completely solar-powered, 5 star resort that my husband, an architect, designed. Walking for my masters in business at ESCP. It was in French. Kind of winged it, truth be told..
What is your favorite drink?
Champagne! Pink. And dry, S'il vous plait.
What is your favorite food?
Anything prepared by my husband or a friend. It's best. Trust me.
What is your favorite condiment?
Although I rarely indulge, Goose grease – for the memory alone. It's a Polish comfort thing. That and feta cheese crumbles. Is that a condiment?
What is your current obsession?
Uhm. Well, let's just say I'm a rain coat enthusiast. Counseling forthcoming. And lip balm. Still looking for the perfect one.
If you could give up one of your vices, what would it be?
Obsessing over things I cannot control. I think it's human nature?
What is the one professional accomplishment you long for most?
Embarking on it now. Broadway prepare for Hand to God….
What is the one thing you waste too much money on?
Oh. Definitely shoes from inexpensive to absurd in price. And cold pressed juice. It's an addiction. There are worse..
What is the one activity you waste too much time doing?
Doting on my Burmese cat..but clearly, there's no waste in that?
What do you consider to be the single greatest threat to your health?
The radiation from an ever-ringing cell phone applied to my ear. Keep meaning to get a blue tooth. Ugh. Tomorrow. And I have a specific relationship with SPF .. really cannot leave house unless I'm slathered up tip to toe. Even in the snow. Well, especially in the snow, actually.
What is the single best trait you inherited or learned from your parents?
Humor in the face of adversity was the product of experience, not necessarily the lesson taught directly or purposefully.
What is the single worst trait you inherited or learned from your parents?
A wanderlust that prevented setting down roots for a long time. I'm more settled now – not as much of a gypsy..staying put has ushered me to the farthest places, which is profound in a way..
What in the world most thrills you?
Enriching other people's lives one person at a time, quietly – in my way.
What current trend in popular culture most irritates you?
Immo say, reality TV?? There. I said it. Full stop. Uck.
What was the single most embarrassing moment you've ever experienced on the job?
Tweety Bird. The American Auto show at the Javitz Center. I still have nightmares.
What is your favorite place in the world?
My favorite place to be is amongst true friends, having a belly laugh. Laughter through tears. It's nice if that happens in Paris at Cafe Angelique..or.. Finolhu Villas in the Maldives…
What is the most important trait you seek in a romantic partner?
Patience, in a word. Also a degree of cuteness? Have you seen my hot, adorable husband?? He's the bomb.
Do you prefer the company of dogs or cats?
I love BOTH! But my Burmese, Sapporo Carr-Yamazaki rules the roost.
What would have to happen to make today the best day of your life?
Today IS the best day of my life. Just like that. See how I did that?
What is your personal motto?
Just Start. Somewhere. Put one foot in front of the other and be open to the possibilities.