Kate Walsh

The Private Practive doc dishes about a day on the set--and her love of chips and dip.
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The Private Practive doc dishes about a day on the set--and her love of chips and dip.
Kate Walsh

5:30 a.m. I usually wake up before my husband, Alex, to get to the set early. But on my days off, I sleep in and wake up to a frothy cup of cappuccino. Alex makes it, sets it on my nightstand and kisses me goodbye before leaving the house.

9 a.m. I eat oatmeal while getting my hair and makeup done at the studio. I used to skip breakfast, but eating gets my metabolism going, so I burn more calories all day.

12:30 p.m. I'm starving by the time we break for lunch. I usually have a grilled salmon salad, but I also love cobb or chicken caesar salads. As long as I have protein, I'm satisfied.

1:15 p.m. After eating, I squeeze in a power nap in my trailer or a workout at the gym. I was traveling to promote the show, so it's nice to get back into a routine.

3 p.m. If I'm not working, I like to take my dog, Lucy, hiking. She's like a goat--she happily goes off trail and walks up cliffs. I adopted her nine years ago, when she was just a puppy. I became involved with the Pedigree Adoption Drive because I'm so passionate about finding loving homes for all dogs.

4:30 p.m. I need a pick-me-up snack in the afternoon. Tim, our craft-services guy, is fantastic! Every Friday he puts out a huge bowl of potato chips and an amazing onion dip.

8 p.m. Sometimes we film pretty late, so I leave as soon as I can to get home to eat with Alex.

9 p.m. I try to cook dinner, but it's difficult when I'm working. My specialty is roasted chicken with garlic. If we're too tired to cook, we turn to our favorite Chinese takeout spot. They never let us down!