She’s lived in Baltimore, New Jersey, Chicago, Detroit, Snohomish, Bellingham, and finally Seattle.
She’s an actress, a singer, a poet, a knitter, a teacher, and a guitarist.
On stage she’s been a hippie, a punk groupie, a stewardess, a showgirl, a teeny-bopper, a grandmother, the blonde quarter of an intrepid radio quartet, and a sassy small town waitress.
“I think I’m something of an odd sheep or a black duck or whatever," explains actress Billie Wildrick. "More so than people anticipate with all the blonde hair and the ingenues and stuff. But I am happy with that.”
This year, Wildrick stars in 5th Avenue Theater’s new musical Vanities, followed by its production of Guys and Dolls. After that comes designing and teaching a class at Freehold Theatre.
Even with such a busy schedule, a girl’s gotta eat, and there is no place better to do that than the city she swears is “the greatest there is.”
Are you or have you ever been a vegan?
Nope. I was a vegetarian for almost three years in Bellingham. Seemed a good place for it.
Favorite way to burn calories?
Singing and dancing. Day-long city walks. The zen experience of the stairs that never stop coming at the gym….
Eat to live or live to eat?
Eat to live, generally. There is a rabid hedonist in me who would say otherwise, but I have to keep her in check due to time restrictions and—yes, I’ll say it—keeping poundage at bay.
Where do you take out-of-town guests to eat?
I’m a fan of the Heavy Restaurant Group: Barrio and Purple. (Did you look up in Purple and feel like you were one of four and 20 blackbirds being baked into a pie? Try it.) I like to show off the cocktails at Zig Zag and I am a recent fan of Toulouse Petit.
What’s your guilty food pleasure?
I am embarrassed at the pleasure I still take in folding American cheese slices into quarters—even eighths—and eating them in stacks. But I think you mean something more along the lines of Fran’s gray salt caramels. Very guilty.
Dessert or appetizer?
Appetizers. I love small bites of many things. My palate has ADD.