Starring in an intense show like HBO’s “True Detective,” which recently wrapped up its third season, is no easy feat. Which is why Emily Nelson, who played the working class neighbor Margaret, turns to her self-care practices to keep herself grounded.
“Being an actor is hard. I know it’s romanticized but the actual process of being an actor is hard. We’re in a constant state of looking for work, which I think has a stressful effect. Even if you’re working a lot, the hours are long, the environment can be challenging, and our minds and bodies are being stretched,” she tells Organic Authority.
Nelson says taking the time to put her job aside and return to her wellness routine, including meditation and yoga, helps her to stay focused and gives her mind and body a necessary recharge.
“I think it helps me to take that break and say, ‘Okay, it’s time to get back to work.’
Even though her recent “True Detective” character didn’t practice self-care herself (“She is someone who has had a hard life. The choices in her environment have turned her into an unhealthy person”), the actress says she made sure her self-care routine remained fairly intact by meditating and taking in the “gorgeous” landscapes of Arkansas where the eight-episode series was shot.
Wellness is important to Nelson. The actress, who’s co-starred in hit TV shows like “Superstore” and “Shameless,” recently shared with Organic Authority her go-to tips when it comes to staying balanced, and why being strong is so important to her.