Miriam Shor -- chic in a dress, camera-ready makeup and hair, jewelry and heels -- looks visibly relieved when the waiter puts down the breadbasket.
As Cricket in ABC's over-the-top and completely fun "GCB," airing Sundays, Shor is always pulled together.
"I live in the East Village," Shor tells Zap2it. "Wearing this is like a drag show for me. If I walked in like I normally look, they'd be like, 'Help the homeless lady.' "
She breaks off a small piece of focaccia and says, "I lived half of my life in Italy. A significant portion of the day is about eating. The organizational skills are not that great, but the food is fantastic."
Her parents traveled and were very political. So political that Shor counts her first public performance as singing before people at the age of 2.
"I stood on a table and sang the communist marching song for a bunch of old communists," she says, then breaks into the song and repeats the lyrics as she sang them 38 years ago. "Viva Marx, viva Lenin, viva Mousey-two (for Mussolini)."
Shor was in seventh grade when her sister performed in a high-school production of "Hello, Dolly!" and Shor knew she wanted to be an actress. By the time she was an English major at the University of Michigan, she already had her Equity card.
She has worked steadily onstage, in films and on TV. Though much of that work has been in Los Angeles, Shor, who lived much of her life abroad and in Detroit, has adopted New York.
"I always loved that city," she says. "It works with who I am. I am a terrible driver."
Despite the buzz "GCB" earned even before it aired, Shor says, "I am very fatalistic about it. I want to have the best time I can."
Birth date: July 25, 1971
Husband: Justin Hagan, an actor she "met doing a show together," Shor says. He's known for playing the younger guy in the cranberry juice commercials. "I call it the Cranberry College Fund."
Travels: "I traveled a lot growing up," she says. "We didn't have money, but it was a priority for my parents. I have driven across the country."
Dreams of going to: Ireland, Scandinavia and China. "Places where there is a lot of perceived conflict I am curious to go," Shor says.
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