Breeda Wool

Fortify Everything You Do

Breeda Wool

Breeda Wool

Her memorable naïve Faith Duluth inhabits both “UnReal” and “The Faith Diaries” on Lifetime. “Unreal” was picked up in July 2015 by Lifetime for a second season and premiered June 6 this year, a few days after being renewed for a third season.

Faith is an insecure, devoutly Christian virgin from a small Mississippi town contesting to be on the reality show “Everlasting” (play within a play) who comes to the realization that she is a lesbian in love with her BFF Amy. “The Faith Diaries” sees the two relocate to LA (of course) for Faith to pursue her career as the seductive face of Silver Spur Jeans. Of course, she gets involved in a typical LA rental scam (never send deposits via Western Union). And if this all sounds complicated like a daytime soap, Breeda plays Faith light and sweet to get us to laugh at these dumb, lovable country bumpkins.

HL: What is your biggest achievement? Biggest dream?
Breeda Wool: My dream is to make art that possesses some sort of human truth and lasts longer than my short time on earth. I like to think that I achieved that but everything’s a work in progress. I guess I want to achieve more. I also hope the art that I create can bridge gaps between people and communities. I think it’s very important for our country to come together through empathy and I think telling stories nourishes that togetherness.

HL: What has been your biggest disappointment?
Breeda Wool: Well, if we’re being perfectly honest, drinking a lot through my early twenties. I don’t think alcohol is very creative and it ended up killing a lot of time for me.

HL: How did finding out Faith on “Unreal” was gay change the way you play her character?
Breeda Wool: It didn’t change the way I approached the story but it certainly fortified my mission. When the series started, Sarah Shapiro (one of the show’s cocreators) sent me the documentary “Mississippi L Word.” I felt so connected to the lesbian community in Mississippi who face tremendous hardships and ostracization from their families, churches and local governments. I felt like telling a story about coming out to one’s self is beautiful so I prepared a lot for both “UnReal” and “The Faith Diaries” so I could honor that connection.

HL: How does it feel to be part of a successful series? Is it tiring? Confining?
Breeda Wool: It feels awesome! Three cheers for “UnReal!” I feel like “UnReal” is a brilliant, radically feminist, scathing critique of television and the distorted image of women on television. I think it’s masterfully written and is womanmade, which is radical in and of itself. Sarah Shapiro, Marti Noxon, Shiri Appleby and Constance Zimmer have deeply inspired me as an artist and I feel fortunate to have worked with them. And, yes, it was very tiring. We had a lot of night shoots while filming in Vancouver. I would wake up at 2 pm and go to sleep at 6:30 am. I was like a Canadian vampire. But Shiri Appleby was always full of energy and seemed to never fade, which meant I had to bring it.

HL: What are the next projects you have coming up?
Breeda Wool: There are a few things you can watch now and look out for. “The Faith Diaries” are up now on mylifetime.com; they are dear to my heart. Malea Mitchell (who plays Amy on “UnReal”) and Dot Marie Jones are wonderful in them; go check them out. I did a film called “AWOL” with Lola Kirke, which is in festivals now and another feature, “Erasing Eden,” is premiering this month. There are two shows I did recently that I also want everyone to watch: “Vice Principals” on HBO and “Dream Corp LLC ” on Adult Swim.

LeAnn Rimes Everything Is Inspiration

HL: What causes are closest to your heart?
Breeda Wool: I have a lot of strong opinions about justice, human rights, animal rights and environmental issues. I struggle a lot with feeling like I have not done enough or that my actions do not reflect my strong opinions about certain topics. I try to seek out people and organizations that take action. Lambda Legal and Feminist Majority are two that I admire. Josh Fox’s “Gasland” series and movement is extremely important. I hosted the Fair Trade Fashion Show on July 16th in Los Angeles. It was a party and fundraiser to bring awareness to ethical fashion, education about the products we buy here in the US and proceeds will go directly to aid women artisans and their families in the DR Congo. (See www. fairtradefashionshow.com.)

HL: What do you like to do for exercise?
Breeda Wool: My daily exercise is a combination of Spotify and extreme solo dance party in my living room. I basically do very intense, emotional modern dancing when no one is watching. If you need some musical inspiration I recommend Tom Ze, Michael Jackson, Santigold, Major Lazer or get sexy with some Bill Withers. I also love to run, play volleyball at the YMCA and since I live in LA I do lots of yoga and drink smoothies (most LA stereotypes are true).

Breeda Wool

Breeda Wool

HL: How do you stay in shape?
Breeda Wool: I think there’s a very powerful connection between working out and having a healthy mind. Whenever I feel like my brain can’t focus, or I’m having a lot of misdirected energy, I have discovered its usually because I haven’t worked out. It can be hard sometimes to stay active but I know there’s a lot of happiness on the other side of it.

HL: What are your five healthiest food tips?
Breeda Wool: 1) Turmeric—I use it in my cooking or as a supplement.
2) I don’t eat meat.
3) I support community sustainable agriculture and get vegetables delivered to my house every week.
4) I use lots of coconut oil in my cooking. I also do oil pulling with coconut oil to whiten my teeth.
5) I don’t care what anyone says, I love my coffee. I will support coffee till the end.

HL: What is your number one tip for HealthyLivinG readers?
Breeda Wool: Give someone a long sustained hug today and maybe even pet their head. I’m a huge proponent of getting as much oxytocin as you can. I think when you have healthy physical relationships with people it can propel you into a whole world of healthy choices. If you’re with a friend, give them a big hug. If you’re with your kid, toss them in the air and kiss them. If you’re with your spouse or lover.....well you know…

Torrey Devitto's Celebrity Picks

Breeda's Health Suggestions

Spry mints

Spry mints

Spry Berryblast Mints
Spry breath gems, mints and chewing gum use a sweetener replacement called xylitol. It’s a cool substance derived from birch and fights tooth decay. It was genius to put xylitol into gums and mints and Spry contains xylitol as its number one ingredient without mucking up the product with artificial sweeteners or table sugar. I keep Spry mints and gems with me all of the time. They’re better than lollipops.

Beauty Vantage

Beauty Vantage

BEAUTY VANTAGE Natural Woman®
This plant-based phytoestrogen formula regulates estrogen levels to enhance development, cleansing and replenishment of the breasts. There are a lot of phytoestrogen formulas. But the ingredients in this one are high value phytoestrogens that can aid primary breast augmentation. Though I’m pretty happy with mine the way they are, I was curious to know if this would help people who are transitioning genders and I’m happy to report back that Natural Woman is “popular in the transgender community,” according to the company.

Sovereign Silver

Sovereign Silver

SOVEREIGN SILVER by Natural Immunogenics Bio-Active Silver Hydrosol
I adore this stuff. I’ve used it for a long time. Silver is an anti-microbial element that has been used for centuries. I think highly of the advances of medicine but sometimes the ancient stuff sticks around because it works and is safer. I’m an old/new school girl.

Ecos

Ecos

ECOS Earth Friendly Products
I use almost exclusively Ecos (Earth Friendly Products). These products rock! Basic cleaning products can be tricky to navigate when you’re trying to be eco friendly. This one’s the right choice.

Kyolic

Kyolic

Kyolic Aged Garlic Extract
Garlic is a blood purifier. I like that Kyolic has learned how to capture the antioxidants in garlic without the overbearing odor. I also like the fact AGE is thought to reduce risk of heart disease and cancer.

comments powered by Disqus