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As told to David Hochman

Editor's Note: This interview took place in January, before COVID-19 took hold in the United States.

60 Minutes airs Sundays at 7/6c on CBS. Stream full episodes on CBS All Access and cbsnews.com.

6:00 a.m.

On days I'm not traveling for work—which isn't often—the dreaded alarm goes off and I drag myself into the bathroom to dress with the news on our little TV. After I feed our dog, Parker, I try to get through the papers—yes, real paper!—with multiple cups of coffee.

8:00 a.m.

I go to a slow-weightlifting gym two mornings a week. It's what it sounds like: You push or pull heavy weights slowly till you cry! I do not love it.

\u200bLesley Stahl in the 60 Minutes studio taping a segment.

Lesley Stahl in the 60 Minutes studio taping a segment.

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9:00 a.m.

I live 20 New York City blocks from the 60 Minutes office on West 57th Street. If the weather's good, I'll walk. I'm determined to lead a normal life. I love being out on the streets: I get a lot of "Hi! We love 60 Minutes!"

Lesley Stahl interviews Tom Cruise for a segment.

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10:00 a.m.

One of the best parts of the job is that no two days are the same. My schedule depends on where I am in the cycle. After traveling to do an interview, I might be at my desk reading research, or working with a producer on a script or questions, or having our boss look at our finished stories and call for changes—often many.

I've worked on stories that take a year (like the one on a choir of teenage gospel singers) or a single day. I once did a live interview. This is rare: Virtually all our interviews are on videotape. It was with Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld the day Saddam Hussein was captured.

Lesley Stahl in a boat with a commerical fisherman

Lesley Stahl reporting on commercial seaweed farming off the coast of Connecticut.

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Noon

I go out to lunch with my girlfriends whenever possible. When I started out in the early 1970s, there were hardly any other women in TV news. A small group of us—this was in Washington—had lunch once a week. The group included Cokie Roberts, Linda Wertheimer, and Nina Totenberg, all of NPR. I'm in another lunch group in New York. The same women for 30 years.

4:30 p.m.

I'm thrown off when I'm asked about my hobbies. I don't have any. Lately, though, I've been FaceTiming with my granddaughters. Does that count? I like to play the piano (though I'm not very good at it), and I did find time to write two books. Working mothers become adept at managing their time.

7:30 p.m.

I don't cook. So my husband and I eat out a lot, or order in. After the 6:30 news (we're creatures of habit) on CBS, we either read in bed or watch TV. We like crime dramas, the History channel, and now a show called Servant on Apple TV. Our daughter is the producer.

The aurora borealis

The aurora borealis.

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9:00 p.m.

Because we at 60 Minutes travel so much, I often wake up in New York but go to sleep in some far off place. Once it was near the North Pole. I woke up in the middle of the night in a toasty warm tent. To go to the john, I had to get fully dressed in multiple layers and heavy boots, step out gingerly onto the ice, and find the outhouse (with the wooden toilet seat).

There was a really good part: The sky was bright emerald green. The most beautiful sight, at the top of the world. More important than the places are the extraordinary people I've met and interviewed, from heads of state to school teachers.

\u200bLesley Stahl walking on the beach with Steve Kroft.

Lesley Stahl interviewing Steve Kroft for a segment marking his retirement from 60 Minutes.

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11:00 P.M.

I do think about retirement, just not mine! The job is my hobby. I still love to travel. I get to work with an A+ team of brilliant journalists who are also decent and honorable. So I plan to stick around—as long as they'll have me.

Originally published in Watch Magazine, May-June 2020.

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By Brantley Bardin

She's that prolific comic actress whose work you adore, even if-until now-you've had trouble recalling her name. No worries: The fabulous Michaela Watkins is chill with that.

"People always have to download their brains with what I've done to remember who I am," she says with a laugh. "But unlike Jennifer Lopez, whose best friend I played in The Back-up Plan, that gives me the benefit of walking through life totally normally."

Actress Michaela Watkins Of The Unicorn smiles broadly while wearing a green top with black polka dots.

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In addition to starring in a passel of films including last summer's Brittany Runs a Marathon and October's Torrance opposite Ben Affleck, Watkins is a Saturday Night Live alum and a recurring television MVP on everything from The New Adventures of Old Christine with Julia Louis-Dreyfus to Transparent and Casual.

Although she's renowned for her portrayals of comically unhinged women—"I love playing terrible people!" she exclaims—she's currently having a blast playing the take-charge pediatrician Delia on The Unicorn, the hot new sitcom about a recent widower (Walton Goggins) who is encouraged to get back into the dating pool by Delia and his three other best friends, played by Maya Lynne Robinson, Omar Miller, and Rob Corddry. Says Watkins, "I love that our show is about something so worthwhile: grief, and how to come out of it with the help of your friends."

Rob Corddry as Forrest, Michaela Watkins as Delia, Omar Miller as Ben, Maya Lynne Robinson as Michelle in The Unicorn.

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A beautiful thing. You're married to entrepreneur and non-profiteer Fred Kramer, but The Unicorn deals with online dating when one is hitting 40 and beyond. What have you learned about that world?

That dating's easier for men! Kidding. Listen, thank God I didn't have to put myself out there on the internet thing, but I'll say this: It's intriguing, because it's so normal and unstigmatized now. I love how it's all, "We're just swiping and if it doesn't work out, no harm!" That said, no thank you.

So, are you an old-school matchmaker instead?

It's in my bones! I have an instinct with how people will get along. Now, I'm not saying that every date turns into a marriage. Or that some marriage doesn't end in divorce. But I am saying that some of those people maybe had kids before they got divorced. And that's a success, OK?! [Laughs.]

Actress Michaela Watkins Of The Unicorn smiles and looks to the sky while wearing a green top with black polka dots.

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OK! You've said that Joan Rivers was your biggest childhood inspiration.

My mother took me to see her in Syracuse, New York [where Watkins lived as a child], and I laughed so hard I peed my pants. I thought her filthy, foul mouth was a wonderful thing coming out of a woman. I also felt like, "Somebody gets me"—and I was 10! It taught me that women can do whatever the hell they want if they allow themselves.

You went to Boston University College of Fine Arts, did repertory theater in Portland, then moved to L.A. and trained as a Groundling before being discovered by SNL when you were 37-

The oldest woman they'd ever hired at that point! I was actually taping The New Adventures of Old Christine when I found out I'd just booked my life dream. I got the call at 10 p.m. The audience was clapping, and I turned to Julia [Louis-Dreyfus] and said, "I just got SNL," while we were bowing. I looked like a deer in headlights. Julia said, "We're getting a drink." And I was like, "I'm flying to New York in five hours and I have to pack, I have two cats, I don't know what to do!" And she said, "We're getting a drink."

Michaela Watkins and Kristen Wiig performing a "Today" skit on Saturday Night Live.

Michaela Watkins as Hoda Kotb and Kristen Wiig as Kathie Lee Gifford during the "Today" skit on Saturday Night Live.

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Then, boom, your beloved SNL character, Angie Tempura, only got to say her catchphrase, "Bitch, pleeze!," for one season.

Yep. I always have to remember the attitude of "We don't know how we're protected." Because some of life's greatest disappointments end up becoming our biggest highs. I did one season of SNL and wasn't asked back, but then I wrote a script [Benched] which made it to series, and then I got my husband, and then [the Hulu series] Casual, and now The Unicorn! It's the That's Good! That's Bad! books come to life.

Or The Little Engine That Could. Here you are at 47, and you've never been more in demand.

I've got no complaints. So my pace is sometimes a little slower than others. But you know what? I get there! I've loved my ride.

Originally published in Watch Magazine, September-October 2019.

Stream full episodes of The Unicorn on CBS All Access.

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Reporting by Marc Berman

Stream Black Monday on SHOWTIME and SHOWTIME ANYTIME® apps, as well as via SHOWTIME On Demand.

If you haven't tuned in to the SHOWTIME original series Black Monday—an outrageous comedy that chronicles the worst stock market crash in the history of Wall Street—we recommended you start binge-watching, stat! Watch interviewed cast member Casey Wilson and chatted about her crazy character, her hidden talent, and being recognized in public.

Actress Casey Wilson in TV show Black Monday

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Watch is all about television's hottest shows. Tell us about your character on Black Monday.

I play Tiff Georgina who is the fiancée of Andrew Rannells' character Blair. Tiff is hell on wheels and, frankly, abusive. She is heiress to the Georgina Jeans fortune and never met an '80s clip-on earring she didn't take off dramatically when answering the phone.

Casey Wilson and Andrew Ranells in 80s wedding attire.

Casey Wilson as Tiff Georgina and Andrew Ranells as Blair Pfaff in Black Monday.

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Why did you decide to become an actor?

I don't remember deciding. I think when I was about three years old people told me I started talking about storytelling and performing. I always said I was going to write and act.

Most unusual or interesting place you've been recognized?

At a lot of baggage carousels and at piano bars.

The cast of Black Monday walks a red carpet.

Casey Wilson, Don Cheadle, Regina Hall, Andrew Rannells and Paul Scheer at the SHOWTIME 2019 Emmy FYC Screening of Black Monday at the Wolf Theatre in Los Angeles.

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What's your hidden talent?

My hidden talent is gossip. I'm also writing a book of comedic essays that I'm really excited about.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Hopefully I will be spending time with my two wonderful sons and continuing to get the opportunity to act and write.

Casey Wilson and Andrew Ranells wear 80s style clothing in a still image from Black Monday.

Casey Wilson and co-star Andrew Rannells embrace the '80s fashion for Black Monday series set in New York City, circa 1987.

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By Deanna Barnert

The Young and the Restless airs Weekdays on CBS. Stream full episodes on CBS All Access.

Daytime may be known for its divas, cat fights, and soapy turns, but Brytni Sarpy adores playing the grounded and caring Dr. Elena Dawson on The Young and the Restless. Sarpy has also enjoyed being part of the sweet Y&R love story between characters Elena and Devon Hamilton—and not just because she ended up falling for co-star Bryton James in real life!

Actors Brytni Sarpy and Bryton James in soap opera The Young and the Restless.

Brytni Sarpy as Elena Dawson and Bryton James as Devon Hamilton in The Young and the Restless.

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In addition to her Daytime work, Sarpy is set to begin an explosive arc on The Have & Have Nots when the show returns in Fall 2020. She also crossed with the dark side in the thrillers Truth or Dare and The Wrong Husband and went for laughs on sitcoms like New Girl and My Crazy Ex.

Watch spoke with Brytni Sarpy about her CBS romance, her character and the Black Lives Matters movement, and how yoga keeps her centered during these turbulent times.

Thanks for talking to Watch. How are you doing with sheltering in place?

For the most part, I'm doing really well. A Virgo like me, I like to create structure. So I've been hard at work at creating my new normal, being indoors all day. And I'm super old school. I still have a planner, where I write things down. Having a list and being able to tick things off every day gives me peace of mind.

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I have had a few mopey days. But what's cool is, I've taken this as an opportunity to tackle some things I haven't been able to do due to lack of time. I've been writing. I've been able to do yoga full-time. I've been going on longer walks with my dog, Charli. Because why not?

I've been cooking a lot. I've been designating times to do these things. I now even schedule when we're going to the grocery store!

\u200bBrytni Sarpy and Bryton James of soap opera The Young and the Restless.

Brytni Sarpy and Bryton James of The Young and the Restless.

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Is that "we" you and your on and off-screen beau, Bryton James (Devon Hamilton)?

Yes. We actually just bought a condo together and moved in about a month before quarantine, so thankfully, we weren't in the middle of moving or anything. Now, we have the opportunity to really get used to the walls around us. [Laughs]

If there was ever a test, I guess we go hard. "We're going to move in together and spend 24-hours a day together!"

Actress Brytni Sarpy practicing yoga.

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You actually share your yoga workouts daily via Instastories, with the handle @brytni. What inspired you to start doing that?

Well, in a class setting, I'm not really able to set my phone up and record! Had I been able to, I probably would have posted more before. I got into yoga three years ago and when all the gyms closed, my Equinox teacher switched over to Zoom. Now, I'm able to go five to six days in a row and the classes are longer.

I'm actually hitting poses and doing inversions I've never done before. It's really exciting. I used to be a trainer, so fitness is kind of my thing. But since I haven't been doing yoga my whole life, I need structure and class and somebody to push me.

Actress Brytni Sarpy practicing yoga.

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I am also a visual learner, so I started recording my practice so I could see my progress and self-correct my poses. Then I started posting them because I want to inspire people—especially in the beginning of this. We were all just sitting in our houses staring at the walls.

I've gotten so many messages from people wanting to start yoga or even start this particular class I'm in. I'm glad it's inspiring people—even if it's just to walk outside for 20 minutes.

How have you been using social media to connect with your audience/followers, especially with what's happening in the world today?

Social media can be such a beautiful device in helping to raise awareness, educate, and share perspective. It is an incredibly helpful tool for those of us who have a platform to directly engage and positively influence our audience. I have always understood this about social media and really appreciate the ability to utilize this kind of reach and connectivity.

Honestly, it is always my first instinct to go inward when I am faced with emotional turbulence, injustices, and anything that really attacks me to my core. I think because I feel things very deeply, sometimes exposing those tender places within myself is tough.

Actress Brytni Sarpy practicing yoga.

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But today, it is more important than ever to rise above my personal insecurities and emotional limitations, and use my words and my perspective for the greater good of my home and my community. I do not claim to know everything, but what I do know is that energy and intention are a language that we speak innately, and when that energy and intention is in alignment with love and standing up to fear, it is imperative to spread that to a community of people who don't relate or understand, and to a community of people who are hurting and not sure which way is up anymore, because of the fear based tactics and actions that have been used to keep them (us) down for so long.

What I do know for sure is that my heart is in the exact right place, I am and will forever be, an advocate of love and celebrating and elevating our oneness. It is my duty to impart that knowledge, humanity, and compassion to anyone who needs to hear it, feel it, understand it.

Actress Brytni Sarpy practicing yoga.

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Have you found your regular meditation practice a lifesaver or a challenge during this time?

The yoga has actually elevated my meditation experience, because it's a practice in focus and not allowing myself to get too worked up or too overwhelmed or worried about time. It's taken it to a different level. But I have found meditating more difficult—mostly because this is also my first time living with somebody else! I take my time to do my yoga alone, but then we have to eat and do this that and the other. So it's been a little tougher to just have that quiet space that I had when I lived alone to do it.

Actress Brytni Sarpy practicing yoga.

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Brytni Sarpy Yoga At Home

Watch is all about television's hottest shows. Tell us about your character Elena Dawson on The Young and the Restless.

The great thing about soap characters is that because they're continuous and because we shoot daily, they're more reflective of who we actually are. So Elena's super reflective of who I am, right now. She's a fierce woman and she's passionate. She's caring, she's strong, and she's in love. She's incredibly protective of everyone in her life.

She also is a doctor. She started a new health clinic. I can't even imagine what poor Elena's going through during all of this. She'd be in the trenches during this pandemic. I wonder if they'll write it in ...

Actors Brytni Sarpy and Bryton James in soap opera The Young and the Restless.

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Y&R has always been in forefront of tackling social issues. How would you feel if your character Elena Dawson examined Black Lives Matters and racial injustice?

I would be honored beyond measure to tackle a story as poignant and important as dissecting and understanding the Black Lives Matters movement, and reflecting on and working to resolve the racial injustices my Brothers and Sisters have suffered through in our country. A storyline like this could help reach viewers who do not relate or understand the plight of the Black Man and Black Woman in America.

Tackling this issue on a show as loved as Y&R would allow those viewers a chance to open themselves up enough to gain perspective and empathy from a show and a character they have learned to trust and love. It can also help heal a lot of pain from those who have suffered and are suffering, to see situations they are overcoming, being both discussed and highlighted. This is what art is meant to do, give us a chance to process our emotions, heal us, it is our therapy.

Brytni Sarpy and Bryton James.

Brytni Sarpy and Bryton James at a Y&R press event.

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Fans immediately fell for Elena and started shipping her with Devon. Why do you think your character and this couple resonate with fans?

It was really nice to be embraced and to play a character that's so aspirational. People resonate with things they can relate to, and they can see themselves in Elena. She wears her heart on her sleeve and she's a kind person.

Elena met Devon when he was going through so much tragedy. Everyone was rooting for him to finally have something positive. Elena's character represented that. Still, I didn't think people would fall that hard for them, because I saw what a strong fanship there was for Devon and [his late wife] Hilary.

In a way, Elena could have been just another distraction before Devon ended up with [Hilary's doppelganger] Amanda. But there's an honesty and a true connection there. There was so much drama surrounding Devon and Hilary, which was great. But it was a lot! With Elena, it feels like a seamless love story.

What was the first day on the Y&R set like?

It was cool. It was familiar, in that I knew a good handful of people there, already. When I got there, I saw Camryn Grimes—who I've done some charity work with over the past two years. I saw Jason Thompson, who I worked with on General Hospital. And Melissa Ordway, who I did the project with like 9 years ago!

After my first day on set, the entire cast and crew clapped for me. I thought that was the sweetest, nicest thing ever. I thought that would be indicative of my time there, and it has been.

Bryton James, Brytni Sarpy, Jess Walton, Beth Maitland, Melissa Ordway, and Sasha Calle on the set of The Young and the Restless.

Bryton James, Brytni Sarpy, Jess Walton, Beth Maitland, Melissa Ordway, and Sasha Calle on the set of Y&R.

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Tell us about your TV family and co-stars Bryton James, Mishael Morgan, and Sean Dominic.

Obviously, Bryton and I never got along. No! We hit it off, literally from day one. I showed up for my screen test and didn't know where to park. That was just the beginning of me getting lost at CBS! And he happened to be the person that I asked for help. I didn't know he was the one I was going to screen test with until we went upstairs. We laughed and just had great chemistry and became fast friends.

And I started working with Mishael Morgan before she came back as Amanda, because we still had her coming in for Hilary's ghost scenes. She is just such a force and such a beautiful person with a beautiful smile. I like her a lot. Sean Dominic came a little after me—so it was kind of nice to not be the newest kid on the block! And he's amazing. They all are.

Bryton James as Devon Hamilton and Brytni Sarpy as Elena Dawson in The Young and the Restless.

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Who fell first: Elena for Devon or you for Bryton?

It was around the same time. Their "I love you" scene is really poignant because it was right around the time we also it said "I love you." So it was so very very real and so vulnerable. Bryton's awesome.

Who is your inspiration?

The human connection is my inspiration. My inspiration is the scientific study of who we are as humans and why we do the things we do. I love being able to step into roles where I can say something that doesn't make sense to everyone.

Actress Brytni Sarpy in a white jumpsuit.

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If I get to play someone who killed someone, there's something cool about getting into the mindset of that person and looking 5 steps back: How did they get to the point where they wanted to do something so tragic? What does it mean to be human? What does it mean to experience these ranges of emotion that bring you to these places? I just love exploring and understanding what it means to be human.

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