Information Diet: Cheryl Hines

The 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' star abstains from most media indulgences

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

I definitely look at my emails and texts before I do anything.

What do you read or watch or listen to at the breakfast table?

I usually don’t have time to watch anything if I’m working. But if I can, I’ll watch the Today show or read The New York Times.

What occupies your mind in the car, on the subway, train, or bus?

It’s a good time to catch up with my family on the phone—hands-free, of course! And I just got satellite radio so I can listen to The Stephanie Miller Show.

Are you a TV junkie or on an airtime-restricted diet?

I’m on a pretty restricted diet. It seems like it would be magical to sit around and eat Doritos and watch TV all day. But I don’t have time, so I have to pick and choose.

If you’re a couch potato, what do you watch, and how: TV, laptop, or tablet?

I like Mad Men, The Good Wife, Modern Family, and Hung on HBO. And then sometimes—and I really shouldn’t admit to this—I watch Dancing With the Stars. I usually end up weeping because they’re trying so hard, and I just think it’s sweet. And now Ricki Lake is going to be on. I play poker with her sometimes, so I’m dying to see her take that thing.

Before bed, do you bite into a novel, graze on Twitter, or fast until morning?

Because I’ve been shooting lately, I usually look at the next day’s script. I go through phases—sometimes I read every night, and then I finish a book and I get lazy about starting another one, so I’ll watch reruns of Friends before I go to sleep.

Which is more nutritious: print or Web?

I like print. I was just talking to my friend about how it’s sad that the bookstores are going out of business. It makes sense—it is easier to travel with an iPad than to carry five different books with you. But it’s just more fun to read an actual book.

Give us the skinny on your favorite app.

I’m not one of those big app people. I don’t think I’ve even downloaded one app on my iPad! I’m afraid it’s a black hole I’ll get sucked into.

What’s your biggest digital indulgence?

I love being able to download my favorite songs on iTunes and then hear them instantly. And making playlists—not that I do it, but just knowing I could. I have, like, two playlists that I really enjoy.

With such a bloated media universe, how do you cut out the fat?

Well, I don’t get involved with it to begin with. I feel like I already don’t have enough time in the day to do everything I need to do, so I try not to distract myself with other stuff.

Publish date: September 30, 2011 © 2020 Adweek, LLC. - All Rights Reserved and NOT FOR REPRINT