Hey Reddit!

My name is Lisa Jakub. I was an actor from the ages of 4 - 22, in movies like Mrs. Doubtfire, Independence Day, Matinee and a bunch of TV movies where I cried a lot.

I enjoyed acting for a while, but I eventually realized that it just wasn't my passion. I retired and left LA to try to find a more authentic life for myself. I now live in Virginia where I am a writer, a wife and a mom to the best rescue dog in the world.

I write at http://www.lisajakub.net/ and http://hellogiggles.com/ and I am just finishing up my first book.

I'm doing this on my own so as long as you are prepared for typos and swearing - let's do this thing. AMA!

My Proof: https://twitter.com/Lisa_Jakub/status/441265329704939520/photo/1

EDIT: Okay, so now I'm hungry, so I have to go. But THANK YOU SO MUCH for making this such a fun experience. I admit - I was scared of you guys - but this was awesome. Please keep in touch with me through Facebook https://www.facebook.com/LisaJakub108 Twitter https://twitter.com/Lisa_Jakub and my blog http://www.lisajakub.net/ Let's keep the conversation going!! xoxoxo

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Frajer107 karma

What was your reaction the first time you saw Robin in character as Mrs. Doubtfire?

Did you ever confuse Chris Colombus with Christopher Colombus?

Lisa_Jakub369 karma

Chris Columbus actually introduced us to "his mother" - we had a whole conversation with her without knowing it was Robin as Mrs. D.

PushedPawn103 karma

You're my childhood celebrity crush, so thanks for that.

What's your favorite food?

Lisa_Jakub116 karma

Awww. I'm a pasta girl.

Reasonable_Dan90 karma

Does Pierce Brosnan smell like beer and sex? I've always assumed he might.

Lisa_Jakub217 karma

I was 14 when I worked with him, so I couldn’t have told you what beer and sex smelled like. So, I guess the answer is - probably.

bullmoose_atx70 karma

Does the successful transition from child actor to adult actor for some current actors (Leonardo Di Caprio, Mila Kunis, Natalie Portman, Neil Patrick Harris, Claire Danes, Joseph Gordon Levitt, etc) lead you to second guess your decision?

Lisa_Jakub145 karma

Nope. I think the transition is totally do-able, if you love it and want to dedicate your life to it. After 18 years, it was just time for something new. And I am so much happier as a writer living in Virginia that I was as an actor in LA.

caseden59 karma

Parts of your story (and your attitude) around acting are similar to Mara Wilson, who I know you worked with way back on Mrs Doubtfire. Do the two of you keep in touch much, based on these commonalities?

Lisa_Jakub111 karma

Mara and I recently got back in touch. We were very close during filming, and for a while after (only in part because had a crush on her older brother) but we were both working/traveling a lot and we just drifted apart. But I have always loved her like a little sister and I’m thrilled that we are back in each other’s lives. She’s an awesome woman and a great writer.

blacklisted_by_redit58 karma

Googled your pics - you transitioned from cutey to foxey quite nicely.

Lisa_Jakub48 karma

That's very kind!

Chinhigh37 karma

So, I think this is how it works- you get paid a royalty every time Mrs. Doubtfire is on tv?

Lisa_Jakub74 karma

Yeah - fractions of a penny, and the amount decreases over time. I actually wrote about that here, if you are interested. http://lisajakub.wordpress.com/2013/04/18/money/

Chinhigh46 karma

Well, now I'm an ass. Your blog told me to follow up on your weight and the date of your last period.

But I'm all ears. Do tell.

Lisa_Jakub132 karma

115 2/25

JuvenL1 karma

I don't know why is ridiculous to talk about money I think people shouldn't have tabus and it should be talked naturally just like any other thing

My question: If I remembet correctly you were already a teen in Mrs. D so what where the fav movies of your childhood before Mrs. D.?

Lisa_Jakub6 karma

I loved old movies. To Kill A Mockingbird, It Happened One Night and Arsenic and Old Lace.

popdisaster0036 karma

Did you voluntarily want to act as a child, or did your parents make that decision for you? I always wonder about that when children start acting at such a young age.

Lisa_Jakub60 karma

When I was 4, my parents and I were in a market in Toronto and we were approached by a man who was working on casting a commercial. They asked if I wanted to audition, I thought it sounded fun, so I went. They sent me to an agent and my whole career just sort of snowballed from that.

brunohusker34 karma

Hope i'm not too late. So what was it like to work with Robin Williams?

Lisa_Jakub153 karma

Robin was wonderful. I actually got thrown out of high school during the shooting of Doubtfire – my school didn’t want to deal with the extra work of having my “non-traditional” situation. I was very upset about it and he asked me if he could write a letter to my school asking them to support me in trying to get my education while working. The school framed the letter, but didn’t let me back in. But it was very kind of him to try.

cdawg32929 karma

Did Robin Williams ever comb his arm hair?

Lisa_Jakub57 karma

Nope - he shaved it. Mrs. D would never have hairy arms.

monsterChomper24 karma

Is there anything you miss about acting?

Lisa_Jakub101 karma

The only thing I miss is having someone who knew how to do my hair and makeup. I'm 35 years old and have no clue about either.

Zouch19 karma

After you retired, did you receive any interesting acting offers that made you question your decision, or did you cut all contacts to Hollywood cold turkey?

Lisa_Jakub48 karma

I pretty much went cold turkey. After I moved to VA, I was temped into doing an audition tape for The Aviator because it was Martin Scorsese - but I realized after that I was just done and needed to cut all ties if I was going to really be retired. I actually wrote about that audition here -- http://lisajakub.wordpress.com/2013/11/04/the-last-audition/

dick_wool18 karma

Your husband is a lucky man.

Lisa_Jakub20 karma

I'll be sure to let him know.

everythingisopposite17 karma

Hi Lisa, do you have fond memories of San Francisco from your time filing here?

Lisa_Jakub25 karma

Loved SF. We lived at the Saint Francis hotel for months. It was a good gig.

buckyboy2817 karma

I've been poking around your blog a little bit, and I really enjoy the inside view of an industry most of us know very little about. Most people do tend to assume that all actors are billionaires and everyone in the industry knows everyone else, so it is really refreshing to see the real side.

Keep on writing!

Lisa_Jakub14 karma

Thank you!

Boodah9315 karma

For what it's worth I think you were an awesome actress and one of my childhood crushes(along with kat the second pink ranger lol) anyway I've just read some of your blogs that you've posted and I've seen you say a few times that you have an affinity for cuss words and well since I couldn't think of another question I'll just ask this:

Most people including myself have a "favorite" or "go to" curse word. My would be "sum bitch" as get that sum bitch out of my way(yes I am southern lol). What would you say that yours is?

Lisa_Jakub29 karma

Fucking hell. (And thank you.)

arial5214 karma

Tell us more of this fabulous dog you speak of.

Lisa_Jakub37 karma

She is truly fabulous. We adopted her from the SPCA a few years ago - she is a senior, probably about 7 years old when we got her. She is my muse, my writing partner and my example of how to be a present, loving person.

Gabelsa14 karma

Any good vegan dessert recipes?

Lisa_Jakub28 karma

I'm obsessed with these pan fried honey bananas. You can skip the honey or use another sweetener if you are a vegan that don't eat honey. http://rachelschultz.com/2013/05/15/fried-honey-bananas/

UseYourIllusionII14 karma

Was there ever an audition you had that you were really upset you didn't get?

Lisa_Jakub37 karma

I was sad that I didn't get the role of Velma in Scooby-Doo. That would have just been cool.

nerveendingstory13 karma

Do you ever wonder how different your life would be if you didn't retire? Are there any roles that you were tempted to get back in the business to perform?

Lisa_Jakub32 karma

No, it's funny, I've never thought that. I guess I just don't really have that passion for acting. A couple of times I've missed living in LA - but that's only because there is a really good Chinese place there called Chin Chin.

anilsen13 karma

People need to find out about George Lucas in love.

Lisa_Jakub14 karma

The filmmakers were all friends of mine, and I'm so glad they asked me to be part of it. It's a great little movie.

Soup_Can_Stu10 karma

You are awesome and beautiful. What is your favorite memory of acting?

Lisa_Jakub23 karma

That’s sweet, thank you. My favorite memory of acting isn’t a specific event, it’s more just the feeling of community that you get on set. The cast and crew really bond. You are working long hours together in sometimes strange locations and people get very close - in various types of ways. It can be a really wonderful, supportive, creative environment.

cardamomgirl110 karma

Thank you for the AMA. I'm always curious what it is like working on a movie with big name actors, especially playing a child or sibling of a famous actor.

Lisa_Jakub16 karma

Obviously, the experience differs from movie to movie, but mostly, each project just another job – regardless of how famous the coworkers are. Bigger budget sets feel a little fancier and have more security - but what matters most is the chemistry between the actors and the filmmakers. That's what makes is a great experience. You can have that - or not - with big or small movies.

caseden9 karma

I get the sense that being Canadian becomes somewhat of a novelty (with some exceptions) for actors who have long since left. Your story seems a little different though, and you seem more thoughtful. What's your relationship like with Canada, and Toronto, specifically?

Lisa_Jakub13 karma

Even though I don't live there, I will always be Canadian. I feel it's a big part of my identity. I don't get back there as much as I'd like to, but I feel a strong connection to it. If it weren't so damn cold, I'd want to go back. All those years of LA thinned my blood.

caseden9 karma

As an introvert, I'd see the hollywood lifestyle (at least in the social sense) perhaps a little euphoric at first, but then quickly exhausting and torturously nerve wracking. Writing is so much more peaceful, self-paced, and somehow less vulnerable. Is this accurate for you at all?

Lisa_Jakub6 karma

Yes, yes, yes and yes.

Kknowsbest8 karma

If you didn't act or write, what would you do for a career?

Lisa_Jakub27 karma

I'd be a house flipper. I'm good with a sledgehammer.

ultradip8 karma

Would you ever go back to acting, now that you're past the teenaged drama stage?

Lisa_Jakub14 karma

No, I'm really happy being a writer and being out of that life. It just didn't suit me anymore.

jimmyproductions7 karma

Lisa, what can you see from your kitchen window?

Lisa_Jakub26 karma

The Blue Ridge mountains.

24fpsuk6 karma

Matinée was one of my favourite films as a kid, and actually still is now. Any memories or stories from shooting that?

Lisa_Jakub16 karma

Matinee was a great shoot. Joe Dante is a wonderful person and creative genius. But the kissing scene in the bomb shelter was incredibly awkward. I was 13 and it was my first kiss EVER. It’s uncomfortable to have your first kiss be with 60 crew members and your mother watching.

Jorion6 karma

Hi, Lisa! I have a two-parter question: if you had a time machine, where/when would you go, and what kind of sandwich would you bring as a snack?

Lisa_Jakub14 karma

Italy. 1950s. Caprese.

FistyAnn6 karma

I love your writing and your face! What do you prefer about writing over acting?

Lisa_Jakub14 karma

Thank you! Writing feels much more creative to me than acting ever did. I’m freer. As an actor, I wore the clothes someone else picked, said the words that someone else wrote and stood where someone told me to. With writing, I get to do it all myself. Plus, as a writer, I get to wear sweatpants a lot.

paradox28jon5 karma

Hi Lisa! I'm a few years older than you and when I saw you in Matinee I immediately developed a teenage crush on you. I'm glad you are doing well with your husband in Virginia. Love the blog, you're a good writer.

Anyway, questions:

  • do you ever catch yourself on TV - like whenever Mrs. Doubtfire is on the TV? If so, do you immediately change the channel?

  • acting and writing are both creative arts. How is the writing subculture very much like or different than the child acting environment?

  • Did you have much interaction with John Goodman on the set of Matinee?

  • Given your shy nature and that you're actually a smart person, do you really think - had you continued an acting career - that you'd become a stereotypical train wreck child actor? Natalie Portmand and Emma Watson seem to have sailed through fine; I use as examples.

Lisa_Jakub17 karma

Thanks! Yeah, I have caught myself on TV. It's really fucking weird. I change the channel immediately.

Writing is a very different experience, because it it pretty much is just me at my computer. I like that.

Yeah, John was lovely on Matinee. Good guy.

I don't know what would have happened if I stayed. I'm was never into the Hollywood scene, so I would have likely been okay. But it's stressful to feel like you are living a life that isn't authentic to who you are.

AGoodMan3245 karma

Top five movies??

Lisa_Jakub10 karma

Memento, The Philadelphia Story, Amalie, To Kill A Mocking Bird, It Happened One Night. In no particular order.

jeffreysbuck5 karma

Was there a particular film role that you didn't take on that you wish you would have now?

Lisa_Jakub10 karma

No. So sorry for the boring answer. But at least it's honest.

I_Am_Not_Satan5 karma

Hi, Lisa!

Is there anywhere that you've always wanted to travel to, but haven't yet?

Lisa_Jakub6 karma

I have a long list. I've not been to many places in Asia. I've been to Southern Africa but I'd love to go to Western Africa, too. Pretty much anywhere I haven't seen, I want to.

unglad4 karma

I just spent an hour reading your blog. I love it! All its entries are short and sweet, so it makes for perfect light reading.

Lisa_Jakub5 karma

Thanks so much for reading it!

tijuanachamp4 karma

My grandma was a housekeeper at the St. Francis hotel, and said that she caught you with a pet turtle in the hotel. Did you ever have any other run ins with your turtle and do you still have it?

Lisa_Jakub4 karma

Oh my gosh!! That was Shelly. She traveled with me to several film shoots and was a wonderful companion. Once she got out of her cage on an airplane and wandered down the aisle and freaked everyone out. She was an adventurer. I don't have her any more. She actually ran away - true story. Tell your grandma I said hi and again - I'm sorry.

RudyButkus4 karma

What was it like being Randy Quaid's daughter in Independence Day? Was he fun on the set. Thank you doing this AMA.

Lisa_Jakub12 karma

Randy is truly a lovely human being. I really enjoyed him. He's just the kind of guy you can hang out and talk with.

wpmullen4 karma

Are you able to enjoy movies and television now as a fan? Or do you look at the medium critically?

Lisa_Jakub16 karma

I don't think I'm more critical now, I can get lost in movies just like everyone else. But bad dialogue does make me cringe...

danceswithvodka794 karma

Hi, Lisa! I've really enjoyed your blogs, and look forward to your first book. Do you have any plans to begin another book anytime after you get this one published? If so do you have any ideas on the next topic? I'd be very interested in reading a fictional story written by you.

Lisa_Jakub8 karma

Thank you so much! I've got a few ideas for the next book. I'd love to play around with some fiction, maybe do some travel writing, I love telling other people's stories, so maybe more non-fiction.....Lots of ideas!

paradox28jon2 karma

Who are some of your personal favorite writers?

Lisa_Jakub9 karma

J. D. Salinger, John Irving, Barbara Kingsolver, Elizabeth Gilbert...

Derptastrophe3 karma

Hey Lisa, I'm just wondering if you are ever bothered when someone approaches you and asks for a picture or autograph. I have a feeling it must get annoying at some points.

Lisa_Jakub9 karma

Mostly, people are very nice and it's fine. But I recently got recognized as I was half-naked in a yoga studio change room. So...you know....that's uncomfortable.

caseden3 karma

Did you really not watch the Oscars? Would it have been like watching remnants of an old relationship, or is it just completely outside of your sphere of interest now?

Lisa_Jakub14 karma

I didn't watch them. It's not like it's out of bitterness or anything - it just doesn't really have any relevance to my life anymore. Well, okay, maybe they make me feel a little bad about the fact that I only ever wear yoga pants and Chuck Taylors.

tomdelfino3 karma

I hope this isn't a sore subject, but why did you quit acting?

Lisa_Jakub11 karma

Not at all! I was an actor for 18 years and for the most part, I enjoyed it. But at a certain point, I realized it was making me unhappy and giving me panic attacks. I left my job for the same reasons anyone leaves any job. When I made my pro/con list, the cons were too significant to ignore. I was ready to see what else was out there. I wanted to get an education and try to figure out who I was beneath the label of actor.

iheartmpls3 karma

Hi Lisa! Do you enjoy watching Independence Day or Mrs. Doubtfire on those lazy Sunday afternoons? If so, do you still critique yourself or just enjoy the movie?

Lisa_Jakub5 karma

OH DEAR GOD NO! (So I guess the answer is that I still critique myself.)

iheartmpls3 karma

I'm a retired musician and it's still a guilty pleasure when I catch one of my songs on the radio (from time to time). You're telling me you don't grin just a little bit when you see yourself on the tele?! C'mon now... be honest!? :-)

Lisa_Jakub27 karma

Nope. I'm Canadian. We tend to be humiliated by everything we've ever done.

aionzeta3 karma

Hi, Lisa. How do you prepare yourself mentally when writing your blog, or when working on a book. (You are working on a book, yes?)

Lisa_Jakub4 karma

I have a pretty strict writing schedule from 8:30 - 12 every day. That is really helpful for me. Other than that, I need a big cup of tea and my dog at my feet.

jimmyproductions3 karma

Hi, I thought I'd say hello. Im just an interested guy in the uk wondering what its like knowing you were a film star. Are you happier now?

Lisa_Jakub5 karma

I'm much happier. It feels good living a life that is more authentic to what you want to be doing.

wpmullen3 karma

You may have touched on this before, but did you make any close friends on the audition trail? Any fond memories you like to share about some of your contemporaries that you recall? I'm a fan of your work then and now. Thank you for doing this AMA.

Lisa_Jakub17 karma

I auditioned with Hilary Swank for Boys Don't Cry. She was COMMITTED to that role. She showed up dressed like a boy, walked and talked like a boy. The only thing I had done was put my hair in a ponytail. I walked into that audition and thought - let's get this over with - Hilary is who you want in this role, not me!

carvedog3 karma

I just want to say good for you for not letting the hype of of how 'cool' it is to be an actor rule your life. I look forward to reading what you have written. In my work in the mountains in a resort known for skiing and outdoor recreation I have been involved with quite a few celebrities and many actors. They are not all happy. You look and sound happy and at peace.

Lisa_Jakub3 karma

Oh that's so nice! Thanks. You can check out my blog for some of my writing, and I'll keep that up to date with book news.

T-Shazam2 karma

Hi Lisa, Thank you so much for doing this AMA.

Do you have any stories from the set of Independence Day?

Lisa_Jakub5 karma

ID4 was a really fun shoot - I'd never done anything with big effects like that. I did not hate kissing Andrew Keegan.

jbrown30792 karma

When is the book coming out?

Lisa_Jakub4 karma

My lit agent and I are going out to publishers now - I'll keep my FB page and blog updated with news about when it'll be available!

kleinjesse2 karma

My girlfriend would want me to ask you what it is like to go from actress to regular life out here in Virginia? She would assume that you would be pestered to point of extreme annoyance if you were recognized in public.

Congrats on deciding to live in Virginia. I live in the Northern Neck of Virginia myself. If you are ever out in Reedville, stop by and pick some crabs.

Lisa_Jakub2 karma

It sometimes happens, but people don't really tend to care much. I absolutely love it here - and that's just one of the reasons why.

PandoraBlackBox2 karma

What r u favorite novels?or autors? Do u speak french? What do u like to do in ur freetime? Thanks

Lisa_Jakub2 karma

I have a bunch of favorite books, like, Poisonwood Bible, East of Eden, Signature of All Things, 1Q84, A Prayer for Owen Meany, Nine Stories, Don’t let’s go to the dogs tonight....just a few! I used to be fluent in French but it's fading. In my free time I'm pretty much always at the yoga studio!

anomie_2 karma

What makes you happiest?

Lisa_Jakub8 karma

My husband and my dog.

swiviol2 karma

What was your favorite movie that you acted in? If you could choose any modern movie to be in (either recently in theaters or upcoming), which would it be, and why?

Lisa_Jakub2 karma

That's kinda like picking a favorite child - they all had good things about them and I would feel bad singling out on of them. I kind of wish I was in the documentary Spinning Plates, because watching it made me hungry and I wanted to eat all that lovely food.

queen_of_the_koopas2 karma

What was the most surprising thing about being a dog owner?

Lisa_Jakub9 karma

The things that might seem annoying or gross are not at all because you love them so damn much.

ericj721 karma

Hope I'm not too late to join in here! Was just in a long meeting. So Lisa, tell us... what is the nerdiest thing you've ever done in your life? (that you're willing to share!) Thx!

Lisa_Jakub3 karma

My entire life is pretty nerdy. I'm in bed with a book almost every night by 9:30. I'll pick a book over pretty much any social engagement.

I_Wrestle_Giants1 karma

Are you single? ;)

Lisa_Jakub11 karma

Married 8 years. But a married lady always likes to get a winky face, so thank you!

evknight1 karma

How were you treated on set? Were adult actors annoyed by you or was there camaraderie?

Lisa_Jakub3 karma

Mostly, there was a lot of camaraderie. Occasionally, there would be someone who was annoyed by having a kid around, and they made that obvious. But that was the exception.

Alex26791 karma

Hi Lisa, I follow your blog and facebook, and I always thought you seemed like a really sweet genuine person.

How did you feel about doing the partial nudity in Painted Angels?

Lisa_Jakub3 karma

Thank you so much. How did I feel about the partial nudity? Kind of cold.

jmr33941 karma

Do you ever see yourself doing another film?

Lisa_Jakub6 karma

No. I like not having to pluck my eyebrows.

westcor1 karma

I had the biggest crush on you, when I saw you on Matinee. How was working with John Goodman??

Lisa_Jakub3 karma

How could you not have a crush on Sandra?? She was kickass. John was lovely.

eekrodg1 karma

Wishing you the best on finishing your first book. How is life after hollywood?

Lisa_Jakub3 karma

Thanks so much. Life after Hollywood is wonderful. :)

wpmullen1 karma

Did you experience any sexism while you were auditioning?

Lisa_Jakub11 karma

Not sexism specifically - but I was told several times that I was a good actor but I was just not pretty enough. There can be a pretty narrow definition of what women should be/look like.

MrDonamus1 karma

Why Virginia? I see you in the middle of the Appalachians on top of a mountain in a cabin writing by candle light. andbeingverypretty

Lisa_Jakub4 karma

Ha! Well, Virginia seemed very far away from LA, and my boyfriend (now husband) liked the business school here.

moonmman1 karma

Unlimited tacos? or grilled cheeses?

Lisa_Jakub5 karma

Ohh. Tough. I'll have to say tacos because of the guacamole.

isuckatusernames61 karma

What made you want to start writing?

Lisa_Jakub3 karma

I don't even remember. I started writing as soon as I could hold a crayon. I just love telling stories and creating a world with words.

BornNRaised4151 karma

Do you work out of passion for an organization or because you need money? I'm guessing you get residuals.

Lisa_Jakub4 karma

I'm not set for life, if that's what you are asking. I actually wrote in-depth about that here, if you are interested. http://lisajakub.wordpress.com/2014/01/06/money-part-2/

MONKSFTW1 karma

Hey Lisa Jakub! As a huge fan of Mrs. Doubtfire and Independence Day it's amazing to get this opportunity even though it's 5 am here in Australia so I hope you get to my questions

  • What was it like working with the cast and crew on Mrs. Doubtfire?

  • Do you have any favourite memories on or off camera of any of your films?

  • I've read that you're writing your first book about growing up in the film industry, How's that going?

  • just for fun, Nicolas Cage, yay or nay?

Thank you again for giving us this opportunity, on behalf of this AMA I'd like to commend you on your talents and wish you luck on your current and future projects.

Lisa_Jakub5 karma

That's so nice of you - thanks for being up so early!!!

Doubtfire was a wonderful shoot. We were all very close - it felt like a family environment.

It's hard to pick a favorite...I was lucky to be able to travel a lot for my work, and I think that is what I am most grateful for. Being able to spend a couple months in Rome or Prague is pretty amazing.

The book is going well. My literary agent is shopping it around to publishers now. It's a very exciting process.

Thanks again and I hope you get a nap this afternoon!

MONKSFTW3 karma

Thank you for replying, it made waking up totally worth it :)

Lisa_Jakub8 karma

Oh, I missed one! Nicolas Cage - of course yay.

buster24161 karma

What is your funniest fart story?

Lisa_Jakub4 karma

I don't think I actually have one! I'm a vegetarian, I have excellent digestion. Sometimes my dog farts and wakes herself up. Does that count?

RollingCompass1 karma

Hi Lisa!

What would you say to actors from different countries who aren't living in the film making area? Would you say that a career as an actor is unstable and extremely hard?

Lisa_Jakub3 karma

There are a lot of difficult things about being an actor. It can also be really fun. It's just all about if the trade-offs are worth it for you. In the end, they were no longer worth it for me.

DigitalEvil1 karma

In your opinion, what is the hardest part of being a writer? How do you enjoy it compared to acting?

Lisa_Jakub4 karma

I think the hardest part of writing is self- discipline. I stick to my writing schedule pretty religiously, so that helps. It's very solitary work, but that suits me quite well. It's pretty great to feel like you have found what you are supposed to be doing with your life.

Ludwig_Beethoven1 karma

What is your favorite Beethoven symphony?

Lisa_Jakub5 karma

I could google something and sound snotty and fancy - but I think I'll just admit that I don't have one. I can tell you about my favorite Barenaked Ladies song, though.

Dreaditall1 karma

I always wondered what happened to you. Thought you were pretty good. What parts of the industry made you want to leave?

Lisa_Jakub2 karma

Lack of privacy, too much focus on physical appearance, challenge of maintaining important relationships when you need to leave for a shoot for months at a time... Mostly, I didn’t feel that deep passion for acting that many of my friend’s seemed to feel.

paradox28jon1 karma

Last question, I promise! You were an actor from 4 to 22. For the last year you've worked on your book and blog. So what were you doing from 22 until 34?

Lisa_Jakub17 karma

I wandered around crying and feeling lost. No. Actually, I did a bunch of things. I answered phones at a women's shelter, I taught at a literacy center, I worked as a radio DJ....but the big thing was that I got my GED and attended the University of Virginia. I graduated when I was 32.

joethetipper2 karma

Love UVA. And Virginia beats the hell out of Los Angeles. Did you major in Creative Writing?

Lisa_Jakub4 karma

Sociology. Wahoowa!

PandoraBlackBox0 karma

Hello lisa, waw, ur life seems uncommun! What makes u think that acting wasn't for u? What the title of ur first book? What will it talk about? Who or what inspires u for writing? And finally r u happy in ur life now? Thanks xoxo

Lisa_Jakub1 karma

The book is about growing up in the film industry and making the decision to leave to try something new. It was really fun to write. And I tend to get inspired by everything around me. It's always wonderful to remember that it's about the little things in life. And yes, I'm very happy. :)