7 Things That Make Barrett Foa Smile

NCIS: Los Angeles star Barrett Foa shares his happy list.
Posted on Sep 13, 2018 | 06:00am
Reporting by Mona Buehler

1. Scotch. I named my dog/Ewok after my grandmother's favorite drink: scotch. Nonnie drinks single malt scotch every single (malt) day. Clearly it's the secret to life, because she's alive and kicking at 101 years young!

2. Theater. It's so immediate and spontaneous that I can just lose myself in the story. I try to perform whenever I can—especially in between seasons of NCIS: Los Angeles.

Barrett Foa performing in Sweet Charity during NCISLA's recent summer hiatus.

3. Meditation. I've been meditating for seven years now, and it's a complete game (and life) changer. We expect happiness to come on the other side of some person, place, or thing, but with meditation, you realize happiness is always accessible internally.

4. Food. I love eating out. Restaurants are such an exciting way to make new connections, try unusual cuisines, and explore fresh neighborhoods. I'm currently obsessed with Botanica in Silver Lake.

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Some of the many delectable dishes at Botanica.

5. Burning Man. I, like many, had a ton of misconceptions about this place, but I took a deep breath, bought a ticket, and my life changed. All I'll say is figure it out, get over it, say yes, and GO. You'll laugh and cry and learn some unbelievable things about yourself and others.

6. Ice Cream. I'm somewhat of a fanatic, and Jeni's ice cream is my favorite. They were one of the first ones to market salted caramel. Plus, they let you try as many flavors as you want—don't miss the Brown Butter Almond Brittle.

7. Travel. One thing I love about this job is getting to travel. New cultures, cuisines, people, sights, architecture, style. I love going away, getting inspired, and coming back with a fresh perspective.

Barrett Foa visiting London, England.

Photo Credits: Courtesy Barrett Foa (6); Michael Lamont (Sweet Charity); Alan Gastelum (Botanica); Courtesy Jeni's (Ice Cream).

Originally published in Watch! Magazine, September-October 2018.

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