Instead of being interviewed for the cover story, the 41-year-old actress wrote an essay about the “poignant truths that she discovered during the global shutdown and of finding new beginnings.” Unless you’ve ignored our website for the past couple months, you know that she recently started dating NYC-based chef Emilio Vitolo Jr.
Here are some highlights from the essay:
On being in New York in October 2020: “The city is emerging as a whole because of the fortitude and hard work of so many. There is a feeling of true connectedness among strangers. The subway isn’t as busy as it once was but we see each other more clearly now. We think about one another in appreciation for having survived the pandemic mentally, emotionally and physically.”
On the experiences that filled her journey of the pandemic: “During this time, I revisited books that I value. Hobbies such as sewing, painting and writing became new hallmarks of satisfaction and having had time at home to just be. To listen. To live for a moment in time without the pressure of results and instead appreciate the natural rhythms of mother and daughter was the most precious gift. I enjoyed the time to escape into films. During this time of uncertainty, remembering to be creative and positive has been something I have tried to keep at the forefront of my mind. Throughout this experience the through-line for me has been a heightened awareness of each moment and really taking it in and appreciating it. Seeing my family in Ohio after months of FaceTime calls felt like Christmas morning. My mom’s eyes were brighter, my dad’s hands even stronger and our hugs much tighter. Taking time in Washington Square Park with a friend whose little child was taking his first steps brought me back to when my own child began to walk. I felt nostalgic and in awe of the power of time and the continuation of life.”
On her hopes for 2021 and beyond: “The world has shifted and taken on a new shape and I believe we have become better people. The absence of routine, the revelation of truths that lie just below the surface, the challenge of moving forwards despite fear, and the willingness to be open to what our new world will be, are realities that have connected us all.”
For more from Katie, visit Vogue.com.au and get the issue on newsstands on November 16.