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Luckily, she seems to have her life/work balance pretty well in hand. While confessing that "after I’ve finished on set I come home and I feel guilty for having missed out on time with my children," she adds, "I don’t see that as a bad thing though. It just means I don’t feel I can contribute as much through acting." And being in the painting studio "is lonely, for sure. But when I’ve been working in there I come home at night and I feel full. My mind feels exercised. I am a better mother and a better wife." It's a remarkable balance of public and private, ambition and introspection, for a woman who's still a few years shy of 30.
And her deepest ambition, now that she's a hometown superstar? It's one only her role on Girls can help her achieve, the ambition of countless New York children and more than a few adults: "I really just wanna get my picture on the wall of a restaurant next to a greasy picture of Dom DeLuise or Michael Bolton or someone. I figure if I go to a place regularly enough that could happen." We're amazed it hasn't happened yet. •