Six years. An acquaintance told me about her, and I kind of wrote her off, because I thought she was tall, beautiful and Hollywood. I figured, I know who she is. In fact, she is all of those things and much more.
E: What do you do when you're hanging out?
Cook. Eat. She eats a lot.
E: What does she like to eat?
Everything. Which is very refreshing. She's also a great cook. Every week she's investigating a new recipe. At our last dinner party, she cooked delicious lamb chops.
E: And when you're not eating?
She's got a weakness for games.
E: Checkers? Croquet? Cockfighting?
The one that she loves right now is Mexican Train. It's an addictive form of dominoes. I think Salma Hayek introduced her to it. It makes a normally loving group of people become desperately abusive.
E: Has she ever struck you?
No, no. Verbal. Always verbal.
E: Any other passions?
She's a huge animal lover. When we were on holiday in Mexico once, she stopped in the middle of nowhere to buy hot dogs. And I remember thinking, What the hell is she doing? And she basically drove around the village feeding all the starving dogs.
E: Do you guys go out drinking a lot?
She's not a big drinker, honestly. She's got a favorite cocktail right now - something disgusting with onions in it. Gin with onions in it. I don't think anything should have an onion floating in it, but it does. A Gibson. That's it.
E: Does she have any flaws?
She may wish she had smaller feet, but honestly, they're pretty standard size. Flaws? Probably none. And she's not someone who spends a lot of time on her appearance.
E: I bet that makes you sick.
Totally. Throws on a piece of old garbage and looks amazing.
E: When you're out, do people recognize her?
People do stop to look. I remember once we were going out to Joshua Tree, and we stopped to buy tequila and she had to show her ID. The woman looked at it and said, "Did anyone tell you you look just like Ashley Judd?" And she said, "No, but thank you very much."
E: Will you have a hard time keeping her identity a secret?
You're telling me I have to?
Okay, fine. But I am going to call her and tell her I gave away her gin and onion drink.