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“WE ALL MAKE MISTAKES, BUT WE ALL ARE ALSO CAPABLE OF ACCOMPLISHING EXTRAORDINARY THINGS.” KS: First, I allow myself to feel the pain. If I’ve been hurt, I’m not one of those people who can hide it or bury it deep within. I give myself time to work through it, cry, journal, pray, call my best friends. Then I try to take a step back and get perspective. I try to remind myself of all the positive things in my life and do my best to let it go. MP: How do you keep your center in the middle of chaos? Do you have a daily routine? KS: Ever since I went to college, my grandma June has sent me a subscription to Daily Word. I keep it in my bathroom and read it every morning as I brush my teeth. It’s covered in Colgate, but it’s a good reminder to be compassionate, that we are all connected in love. MP: What’s been one of your biggest lessons so far in life? KS: Things are not always what they appear to be. I’ve learned that nobody is either all good or all evil. We all make mistakes, but we all are also capable of accomplishing extraordinary things. MP: What truth do you know for sure?

Kelly Stables Interview: Maranda Pleasant

GIVING HER HEART TO FAITH, MOTHERHOOD, AND THE PERFORMING ARTS Maranda Pleasant: What makes you come alive or inspires you? Kelly Stables: I am a musical-theater nut. When the lyrics, orchestration, and performance all come together just right, I come alive and can feel every cell in my body. For example, “For Good” from Wicked or “All That Jazz” from Chicago or even “Never Never Land” from Peter Pan. MP: What makes you feel vulnerable?

KS: Jesus loves me. MP: What causes or organizations are you passionate about? KS: The Michael J. Fox Foundation and Remembering Our Babies. MP: Tell me about your latest projects. KS: This November, a whole new season of The Exes will air on TV Land. We have such a talented cast, and there’s a lot of funny stuff in store. I also have a fun part in Horrible Bosses 2, in theaters this November, and voiced the lead character in the Cartoon Network original movie Tom and Jerry: The Lost Dragon, released in September. I continue to direct and choreograph local theater and am in development for a TV pilot and screenplay. MP: Why are these important to you? KS: I am an artist. Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve known I wanted to be a mommy and to put on a show! I love every aspect of the performing arts and can’t imagine myself doing anything different. I give my heart to every project. MP: What is love for you? KS: Hearing my son laugh.

KS: Being barefoot. MP: If you could say something to everyone on the planet, what would it be? KS: “Take a deep breath.” MP: How do you handle emotional pain?

Kelly Stables plays Eden in TV Land’s comedy The Exes and has a recurring role as the bubbly receptionist Melissa on Two and a Half Men. Kelly also appears in Horrible Bosses 2 and recently voiced the lead character in Tom and Jerry: The Lost Dragon. TOP PHOTO: TV LAND, BOTTOM PHOTO: MARC WOOD

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