Here’s How ‘Younger’ Star Sutton Foster Likes to Chill Out

It all comes down to puppies and kittens

Specs

Age 41

Claim to fame TV Land's Younger (Season 3 premieres Sept. 28); Netflix's Gilmore Girls reboot; Tony Award winner.

Base New York

Instagram @suttonlenore

What's the first information you consume in the morning?

I guess it's always my phone. I check my email, texts, and then Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. It's horrible. I look at all of those things before I get out of bed. And then I switch over to The New York Times app and I read the morning briefing, so I can at least know what's going on in the world.

What's your go-to social platform?

I guess the one that I actually use the most is Instagram. I'm not much of a political activist or someone who uses Twitter as a platform. If anything, I'll use it to share videos of puppies and kittens [laughs]. I find that Instagram is more my speed.

Who do you follow on Instagram?

I just started following Black Jaguar-White Tiger. I love the Instagram pets—Marnie, Toast Meets World [laughs]. My little dream world that I've created in my head is full of puppy dogs and rainbows and people skipping around. And especially in a climate like we're in right now with so much shit going down, that's my escape. The number of kitten and puppy videos I torture my husband with is endless. I take great pride in what I post, too. That's what I love about Instagram—it's about putting something really beautiful out there for people to see.

I saw that you have an Instagram account for your own dog, @mabelthedorkie.

Oh yeah, I do. It's because somebody actually created a fake account for her on Twitter or something, and I was like, "You can't do that! It's my dog!" So I made one. She's so frickin' cute. I want her to be a famous dog in her own right because she's so adorable! So I really need to work on her social media and her PR. She definitely needs a publicist and a book deal.

What TV shows do you watch?

My husband and I watched Stranger Things on Netflix because everyone was talking about it. We're big fans of Game of Thrones. Now we're on a search for a new program, so I think we might try Happy Valley or Peaky Blinders. And I've also been re-watching Gilmore Girls on my own. It makes me so happy. It's like hanging out with an old friend.

Do you listen to any podcasts?

I love Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me, and Mystery Show is one of my favorites. It's this really quirky little podcast, and the girl who hosts it has this great sense of humor and really great demeanor. She does these mini mysteries—she's like Nancy Drew—and it's her commentary that makes it so entertaining. It's not big mysteries or anything like that—one of them might be about someone who found a belt buckle with someone's initials on it and she tries to find the story behind it.

What's on your reading list?

I've got a few books on my nightstand. One is called Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead. I'm kind of in a self-help book phase. I've been reading about opening up, letting go, all that stuff. [Laughs] It's horrible and wonderful at the same time!

This story first appeared in the September 26, 2016 issue of Adweek magazine.

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