One-time juvenile actress Kellie Martin admits she still has the perfectionist, type-A tendencies that led her to battle an eating disorder in her youth — but these days, she believes she knows how to channel them healthfully.
“It’s part of the reason I go to yoga as much as I do,” says the former “ER” and “Christy” star, who returns to the tube Saturday (2/5) in the Hallmark Channel’s fun family comedy with frog prince overtones, “Smooch.” (Kiernan Shipka of “Mad Men” and Simon Kassianides also star.)
“The whole message of yoga is being gentle and kind to yourself, and that will reverberate in your life and in the world. Yoga really makes me slow down and breathe, and I really need that in my life, and I do it almost on a daily basis now. It helps me not be such a perfectionist, and not such a type A.”
Another activity that’s become important to her, she says, is cooking. “It’s something very meditative and very much a creative outlet for me. I’m a really good cook, and I’m a really good baker, and I cook with my daughter Maggie and it’s just a really fun way for me to be active,” says Kellie, referring to her four-year-old.
“When I’m not acting, I have to have things that really feed my soul, and cooking really does that. I think maybe it came from struggling with food issues as a teenager. I’m very obsessed with food, but now I’m obsessed with food in a healthy way.”
Kellie and her husband and fellow Yale grad, Montana-born attorney Keith Christian, “have a garden where we grow our own fruit and vegetables. That’s a big passion of mine right now,” she says. “I want Maggie to know where food comes from. We’ve talked about getting some chickens and going out and getting fresh eggs in the morning. I’m very into the idea of fresh foods and whole foods, no pesticides, organic – but doing it yourself, not just having it as a trendy thing. I want her to have a little bit of what my husband had which is the earthy ranch, farm experience,” she says, “have a little of that experience here in Southern California.