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Why actress Elizabeth Perkins believes in Co-Stars

•• Many of you know Elizabeth Perkins as the talented actress from crowd-favorites like Big, The Flintstones, Miracle on 34th Street, and of course, Weeds, but did you know she was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2005? Elizabeth’s passion for diabetes advocacy and awareness is unyielding, which is why Sanofi US is proud to have her on board on Diabetes Co-Stars campaign!

Q: You’ve starred in major films and TV shows and are currently working on the upcoming TV show How to Live with Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life). When did you first become interested in acting?
A: I have wanted to be an actress for as long as I can remember! I studied acting at the Goodman School of Drama in Chicago before I traveled to New York in the early 1980’s to pursue my career. I’ve been in the business ever since and it’s been a wonderful, exciting and creative experience.

Q: What has been your favorite role to play thus far and why?
A: I’ve enjoyed every role that I’ve played throughout my career. From Wilma in The Flintstones, to playing opposite of Tom Hanks in Big and then venturing into television on the Showtime series, Weeds. Every character taught me something new and special. I am also very excited about my role in the upcoming show, How to Live with Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life) which is scheduled to air on ABC in Spring 2013.

Q: While many people know you for your acting talents, they may not know that you were diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2005. Can you tell us a little about how your life has changed since then?
A: When I was first diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, I only shared it with my closest family and friends. I was filming the television series Weeds, so in the beginning I would test my blood glucose and take my medication alone in my trailer. With the encouragement of my friends and family, I sat down with my doctor to talk about how I could improve my overall diabetes management while on set. In addition to treatment, my doctor and I worked out a diet and exercise plan that fits my busy schedule. Now I keep diabetes-friendly foods in my trailer and remember to take a nice long walk with my husband Julio and our dogs when I get home. It helps serve as both exercise and as a calming, stress reliever. Continue Reading  

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Elizabeth Perkins speaks “November-a month to remember”

•• Elizabeth Perkins wants everyone to spread the word about diabetes to friends and family during American Diabetes Month. Nominate the person in your life who has made the biggest impact on your diabetes journey for a chance to be in the documentary with Elizabeth. Visit www.DiabetesCoStars.com to learn more and submit video nominations or written testimonials by December 16, 2012. Watch her video and share it now to encourage others to get involved!

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Elizabeth makes roasted vegetable medley recipe on “The Chew”

•• The lovely Elizabeth Perkins joined today the crew on ABC’s “The Chew”. She was talking about she hates Thanksgiving. Well, she doesn’t hate everything about it but she does hate when someone brings a guest. She said she doesn’t want a guest at her Thanksgiving. She wants to stay in her pajamas and be a bum. She doesn’t want to talk to someone she doesn’t know.

Clinton Kelly said Elizabeth Perkins is a “bitch” on Weeds. And she agreed. Perkins said her character was named one of the worst TV mothers once by People Magazine. But she said she is not like that in real life. She just plays a mean mother on TV. Elizabeth also said when she was in the movie Big, with Tom Hanks, he almost wasn’t her costar. She said when she signed on for the movie Robert de Niro was going to be playing the role of Josh, the young boy who makes the wish to become big. She said they never shot the alternate ending either, which would have been Perkins’ character shrunken down and turned into a child again.

She also talked about her diagnoses with type 1 diabetes. She said her entire life changed in 2005 when she was diagnosed. She said it changed the way she ate and cooked, among many other aspects of her life. She is now a part of an organization called Diabetes Co-Stars, an organization that helps build a support network for people with the disease.

On the show, Elizabeth wanted to make a Thanksgiving dish that would be vegetarian friendly so she went with her roasted vegetable medley recipe, which you can get below.

Ingredients

  • 1 Medium onion
  • 1 Sweet potato
  • 1 Parsnip
  • 2 Cups of brussels sprouts
  • 1 Granny Smith apple
  • 1 Pear
  • 1 Cup of tart cherries (pitted). Can use canned cherries.
  • Tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Cup of olive oil
  • Tsp Rosemary
  • 2 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar
  • Béarnaise sauce

Instructions

  1. Chop the onion, sweet potato, parsnip, brussels sprouts, apple and pear into equal sizes, about a 1/4 inch think. Add the vegetables and fruit to the pan with oil and begin sautéing.
  2. After the vegetables and fruit have been softened up, about 5 minutes, add the cherries, the cinnamon, the rosemary and the balsamic. Saute a few minute longer until the flavors have blended and the vegetables and fruits are soft. Salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Transfer the medley into a slightly oiled casserole dish, or any other dish you can cook in the oven, and put in the oven for 15 minutes or until golden brown on top.
  4. Serve will béarnaise sauce.
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Happy 52nd Birthday Elizabeth Perkins!!

•• Elizabeth Perkins is celebrating her 52nd birthday today and we at her official website would like to wish her a very Happy Birthday to her!! Please stop by and leave your birthday wishes by commenting in her official facebook page.

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