This Tony Award®-nominated OG Beautiful cast member on the couch this week is none other than the legendary Liz Larsen! As Genie Klein, the fast-talking Brooklyn Jewish strong woman, Larsen commands the stage as Carole King’s mother and steals audiences’ hearts with her compassionate, hilarious performance. Want a funny and embarrassing story straight from Liz? We implore you to read on!
What do u consider to be your best asset?
My ability to find humor in anything.
What was your proudest moment?
When I saw clearly on two separate occasions that each of my boys was their own person and would be ok in the world.
What is your favorite drink?
A black and white milkshake God help me.
What is your favorite food?
Marshmallow fluff (God help me again).
What is your favorite condiment?
Inglehoffer’s mustard with dill.
What is your current obsession?
If you could give up one of your vices what would it be?
Sugar sugar sugar.
What is the one professional accomplishment you long for most?
To do something creative with people at the top of their game and make a lot of money AT THE SAME TIME.
What is the one thing you waste too much money on?
Dresses and gowns. I hardly have to wear gowns but it does not stop me from longing for them and buying them.
What is the one thing you waste too much time doing?
Worrying about my weight.
What is the single best trait you inherited from your parents?
My mom: to always get back up and keep fighting
My dad: my humor and ability to find beauty in everyone
What is the single worst trait you inherited from your parents?
My mom: paranoia
My dad: the ability to shut down
What do you consider the single greatest threat to your health?
Putting others happiness and safety before my own.
What in the world most thrills you?
Talent of any kind.
What current trend in popular culture irritates you?
What was the single most embarrassing moment you’ve ever experienced on the job?
I was doing Damn Yankees and I had a long speech at the end of the show. I suddenly blanked in the middle and forgot where I was. I knew that at the end of my speech Victor Garber (who was playing the devil) would enter. I saw him out of the corner of my eye waiting to come on so I said: “Alright. I don’t know where I am, but Victor Garber is going to come out and talk for awhile and then you can all go home.” And I just walked offstage. I was so mortified that for the rest of the run I ran the speech over and over obsessively every night before that fateful scene.
What is your favorite place in the world?
Being immersed in water.
What is the most important trait you seek in a romantic partner?
Do you prefer the company of dogs or cats?
Doggies are everything but cats can be extremely entertaining.
What would have to happen to make today the best day of your life?
I’d get a creative lucrative job in a warm or foreign country, both my sons would have passion and love on this day, and my husband would make a shit load of money and have fun doing it.
What is your personal motto?
Find the art in whatever you are doing.