You are a product of Los Angeles, but you live most of the year in New York. Talk about the best of both worlds ... I started coming to New York when I was 16, for theater, and twice a year since I decided I wanted to be an actor. It was always an electrifying week. That's not a word that I use often. But it truly was. I'd come here and just get so inspired. For an actor or an artist, there's nothing like it in the world. You walk down the street, and it's like molecules bouncing off each other. You are forced to be impacted­ by people. And people say stuff to you. When I'm in L.A., people will just look at you. Here, they're like, "I love your show! I love you!"

Well, it's not cool to do that in L.A. Everyone stares, but nobody will say anything. Right. But it's cool to do it here. It's more honest here. I hate being stared at. If you're going to stare at me, then say something! Let's acknowledge the situation.

You seem to fit right in here. I was really intimidated by New York at first. Leaving my family and friends was like being ripped from the womb. I was like, "What do you mean I'm going to New York?" I was thrilled, but to leave my friends almost killed me. I felt alone in this big giant city, and all of a sudden, I was a detective that was shooting 15 hours a day. It was freezing! I actually couldn't deal with the weather.

Well, you've been spoiled in L.A. ... I would go out without a hat and a scarf, and people were like, "What's wrong with you?" It just wasn't second nature to me. I would leave the house, and if the sun was out, I thought it was fine. But New York is so exciting, and I have to say, when I'm in L.A. now, and I say I'm going home, home is here. My husband [actor and writer Peter Hermann] pointed that out to me. He's like, "Did you hear what you just said?" He made New York home for me and changed my experience, because he's a walker and a biker. We bicycle everywhere.

What route do you recommend? I live in Tribeca, and so we go up the West Side Highway. They've completely rebuilt it, and it has such beautiful landscaping. We'll go all the way around. But for me, the best is going over the bridges. It's magnificent. You become five years old and look at the city and think, I don't understand it. Every time Peter and I go over the Brooklyn Bridge at sunset, forget it! You can't compare it to anything else in the world.

Is Tribeca your favorite neighborhood in the city? Well, I'm a girl who makes a neighborhood wherever I live. I've loved all my neighborhoods, because the neighborhood to me is the people. That's what's fun: knowing your magazine guy and your coffee guy. As soon as you meet everybody, it's your 'hood. Another reason I moved down there is the restaurants. I would go to Nobu every day. It's a block from my house. That's just a big thing.