Be true to yourself…advises Megyn Price to your teen girls
She’s young; she’s hip; she’s the co-star of a hit TV show; and she’s has a message to share.
Megyn Price, co-star of the CBS sitcom, Rules of Engagement, says if she could send a message to all young girls it would be “to value themselves.”
In reference to the Hollywood hype that young girls should be “pencil thin” in order to be popular, Price says she worries about her own daughter in that regard, even though daughter
Grace is just a toddler. “I want to encourage young girls to be strong. Be fit, yes, but don’t get drawn into the charade. They (teens) have to like who they are.”
As for her own fitness routine, Price is not a gym monkey. She prefers outdoor activities. “I tried walking on a treadmill for a while, but I just didn’t like the feeling of going nowhere, so that is when I decided to set a goal to compete in a triathlon, and I love it. A triathlon involves all the sports that I like—biking, swimming, and running; and I like the camaraderie of the participants…they are equally crazy like me…like jumping in the ocean when it is freezing cold.”
Price claims that preparing for a triathlon is less injurious because it is a balanced program verses the extreme measures that are required to compete in the sports individually.
“I ran in three (triathlons) last year. I set a goal that I wanted to run it under two hours and I finished in one hour, thirty minutes, and ten seconds.”
Staying fit through exercise is one key to Price’s good looks, but she also loves cooking her own food and growing and buying organic vegetables. “I’m starting to get paranoid about food,” she laughs. “You think you are eating healthy then you read the label and find out it was grown or raised in China or some other faraway place.”
Radius: So how did an Oklahoma girl arrive at a prime time TV show?
“I went to college in Northern California at Stanford to study economics and journalism. But I soon got bored with finance and with lots of support from my family and friends; I went to New York to pursue acting.”
While in NY, Price reunited with her high school friend Ed and a fairy tale romance began. “We knew each other in high school, but we were just friends. He was one of the cool guys and I was a nerd,” she laughs. “I was one of those ‘brainiacs’.”
The couple dated for six months, was engaged for six months, and then married. Husband Ed is an ER doctor in Santa Monica; they have a daughter Grace and two dogs, Trixie and Elmo.
Radius: You seem so well-balanced, down to earth.
Staying fit through exercise is one key to Price’s good looks, but she also loves cooking her own food and growing and buying organic vegetables.
“Well, we both grew up in Oklahoma with very strong values. My dad who lived in LA and who worked in the entertainment business always told me,…You can be in the business (entertainment), but don’t be of the business.”
“You have to separate yourself from the craziness of the industry,” she said.
Price also gives credit to her daughter for keeping her grounded.
“I get overwhelmed when she does the smallest, most insignificant things. She is starting to read books now. It’s also amazing how after becoming a mom I started relating to my own mother. No words can describe motherhood. It makes me want to thank my mother for just loving me.”
Radius: I get the idea from the show, Rules of Engagement, that the cast is a fun group to work with.
“I want to encourage young girls to be strong. Be fit, yes, but don’t get drawn into the charade. They (teens) have to like who they are.”
“It is an incredible cast…including David Spade,” she says with a mischievous laugh.
I scoffed. Spade plays the role of an obnoxious, self-absorbed womanizer on the show.
“No, he really is,” she protested. “When we do a read-through for the next show, all of us start laughing uncontrollably. It’s a great job.”
Rules of Engagement will premiere it’s fourth season this month.
Prior to the current comedy sitcom, Price had a major role in Grounded for Life. She also appeared in Quantum Leap, The Drew Carey Show, Will & Grace, Larry the Cable Guy, and is an occasional panelist on E (Online - Entertainment/Celebrity News).
In conclusion, Price reemphasized her original statement and her goal of helping young women prioritize their lives. “They must value themselves,” she said. She is a valuable role model for all women. There is likely no other career that causes people to question their values or their worth more than the entertainment industry; yet Price is able to focus on what is most important in her own life. She truly leads by example.
Photo Credit: RUSSELL BAER
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