Multi-talented, award-winning actress, playwright, director, and advocate for inclusion Christine Toy Johnson (FX’s The Americans) is currently on a national tour for Broadway musical Come From Away, and also appears in YOU, which Netflix just renewed for another season.
Here’s what Christine had to say to Chilled about what she eats on the road and her favorite wines to sip at home.
Tell us a bit about the projects you’re working on.
I play “Sherry Yang” in Season 2 of the Marvel series “Iron Fist” (now streaming on Netflix) and I’m also currently on the road with the first National Tour of the Broadway musical COME FROM AWAY, traveling all across North America. It’s a beautiful show that spreads a gorgeous message of the power of kindness and compassion, and I’m absolutely loving it! And I’m working on a few writing projects of my own, including a new musical and two screenplays.
With your busy schedule, what do you like to do with your downtime?
I love to hang out with my husband, Bruce, and my westie, Joey. Also, whenever I can get to the ocean, I can spend hours just gazing at its infinite possibilities and beauty—if I can be there with Bruce and Joey, there’s nothing better!
When you go out to eat, where do you like to dine?
I’m a (Paleo) foodie, and there are so many amazing restaurants all over the country! As I write this, I’m in Seattle with Come from Away, and Wild Ginger is definitely one of my favorite places (anywhere!) and 112 Eatery in Minneapolis is delicious. In New York City, it’s hard to single out just a few places, but I especially love Pure Thai Cookhouse, Saggio, and Nizza, and on the more casual side, Hu Kitchen (all Paleo all the time). Mod Pizza in L.A. and Seattle has a fantastic Paleo-friendly pizza, and I always love a great diner. I’m really looking forward to playing Portland, Oregon, which has incredible restaurants (and, in my experience, great sommeliers), and visiting Vancouver for the first time.
What types of dishes do you usually order?
I love seafood! The salmon in Seattle has been amazing, and lobster is a definite favorite splurge, especially when I’m in New England. I’m always on the lookout for the perfect Cobb salad (without cheese and with a non-dairy dressing). Bacon makes everything better, and I also love a good roast chicken. There’s one at Kendall’s Brasserie, downstairs from the Ahmanson Theatre (where we’re playing in L.A.) that I’m particularly looking forward to having again!
Do you cook?
Yes! I learned from the best—my mom is a fantastic cook! On the road, I often have very limited kitchen facilities (e.g., often just a microwave and a mini-fridge), but I’m finding ways to make some delicious rotisserie chicken/avocado/coconut wraps!
What types of drinks do you order when out?
I enjoy a glass of rosé, Malbec, or Shiraz.
Do you prepare drinks at home?
If opening a bottle of wine qualifies as preparing drinks, then yes!
Do you own a home bar?
It’s more like a shelf, but yes.
What’s it stocked with?
My husband loves to keep a bottle of Chococo, a yummy chocolate coconut liquor that we once found in St. Croix (where we got married), on hand. On our wedding anniversaries, we try to get DVX champagne, from Mumm Napa. Plus the occasional bottle of rosé, Malbec, Shiraz, or a Malbec/Shiraz blend.
What’s your favorite wine?
I once found this Malbec/Shiraz blend from Chile (the label escapes me) that was so delicious! I’m always looking for something just like it.
Have you ever been a bartender?
No, but I have great respect for them and what they can concoct! I know a few master mixologists not only serving them up, but creating unique craft spirits. Joanna Carpenter is making magic over at Town Stages in New York City (while also fiercely advocating for women in the hospitality industry) and Tom Richter created this handcrafted quinine tonic, Tomr’s, that’s really fantastic!