Sarah Steele of The Good Fight poses against a gray backdrop wearing a white blouse and flower patterned navy blazer.

Sarah Steele as Marissa Gold of the Paramount+ series The Good Fight

Photo credit: Patrick Ecclesine/CBS

Hot yoga. Rooftop crafts parties. A secret brunch spot. How the actress enjoys her day off

By Maria Neuman

While most of us stop pulling late nights after college, Sarah Steele finds her role of gutsy lawyer Marissa Gold on The Good Fightshooting well into the wee hours. “A few Fridays ago, we finished at 2:30 a.m. and I’m often in the makeup chair by 5 a.m. on a Monday,” says the 33-year-old Pittsburgh native, who got her start on The Good Wife, a gig that was supposed to last three episodes while she was studying at Columbia University. The rest, as they say, is spinoff history.

“On the last day of shooting on The Good Wife, I went up to Christine Baranski and told her that I was going to miss everyone so much. She looked at me and said, ‘There are no goodbyes in this business,’ and we’ve ended up on The Good Fight for six years!” After a week in the courtroom, her weekends in Brooklyn are decidedly more laidback. From the yoga mat to the movies, she takes us through a typical day.

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9:00 a.m.

On Saturdays I love to sleep in but try not to go too late so I’ll stay on schedule for the week. Since starting to shoot The Good Fight, I’ve lived all over Brooklyn, but I recently moved to Brooklyn Heights. It’s right by Brooklyn Bridge Park and known for being pretty quiet, which is fine by me. Plus, two of my best friends live a few blocks away.

9:15 a.m.

A wooden floored studio with rows of yoga mats and a trio of plants in one corner.

“I’m a yoga junkie,” says Steele.

Photo credit: Heatwise

I’m a yoga junkie. There’s a studio right by me called Heatwise, and I try to go at least three times a week. I store my mat there so it’s easy for me to drop in. I like to practice in the morning and find it is the perfect thing to quiet my thoughts and get me in the flow. Since it’s hot yoga, you’re so sweaty at the end that you can’t even leave the building without showering after class.

11:00 a.m.

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Assorted peppers, cherry tomatoes, and other greens on display at a farmer's market

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Lately I’ve been cooking for myself during the week, and I try to get most of the ingredients from my local farmer’s market, Brooklyn Borough Hall Greenmarket. I pick up everything from turkey burgers and eggs to my veggies.

Noon

My partner, who lives in Greenpoint, comes across town and we’ll go to this certain brunch place right near my apartment. Sorry, I’m not going to say the name because it’s a total gem and we don’t want it to get too crowded. [Laughs.] We don’t even bring friends there! Every time, I order the eggs torta with avocado and chorizo, coffee, and maybe a brunch cocktail.

1:15 p.m.

Sarah Steele and a friend sit on her Brooklyn rooftop having a conversation.

Steele (right) takes in her rooftop view with a pal.

Photo credit: Sarah Steele

I have a roof terrace at my new apartment, so I love to host crafts parties there. At the beginning of the pandemic, I found myself trying to be crafty and not just stare at the TV or my phone in the evening. My boyfriend is a painter, so he’ll bring all the supplies, and we make something like charcoal or acrylic paintings with our friends. My two cats, Xan and Fagin, come up on the roof, too. It’s a fun, easy way to hang out.

3:45 p.m.

Two covers of books recommended by Sarah Steele.

“Two of my recent recommended reads are Consent: A Memoir by Vanessa Springora and What My Bones Know by Stephanie Foo.”

Photo credit: (l) Penguin Random House; (r) Harper Collins

I’m always reading a book, either before bed or in the makeup chair. My favorite place to browse and buy is Books Are Magic. I can spend hours there. Usually, I’ll pick out three books, read them all, and then go back and pick out three more. Two of my recent recommended reads are Consent: A Memoir by Vanessa Springora and What My Bones Know by Stephanie Foo.

4:00 p.m.

An assortment of vintage furniture and housewares clustered against a gra painted brick wall.

Vintage finds at the Dobbin St. Co-op in Greenpoint.

Photo credit: Instagram.com/dobbinstcoop

One of my favorite stores is KIWI in Park Slope. It’s a clothing store, but it also has unusual beauty products and candles. Another great spot is Dobbin St. Vintage Co-op in Greenpoint, which is full of cool old furniture, vintage clothes, and accessories.

5:15 p.m.

I love, love, love the movies. One of my best recent experiences was seeing The Lost City with Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum. It was hysterical. I saw it at the Nitehawk Cinema, a hipster-y small theater where you can order burgers and cocktails while watching the movie.

7:30 p.m.

Two actors in a scene from a production of the play A Case for the Existence of God at the Signature Theatre.

A Case for the Existence of God

Photo credit: Emilio Madrid

I can see live theater every weekend. Most of my friends are theater nerds. So am I. I’ve done so much live theater in the past, but my schedule is pretty busy these days, though I just had an audition a few weeks ago and thought, Wow, I’ve really missed this. Recently I saw A Case for the Existence of God at the Signature Theatre. It sums up my ethos when it comes to theater: heart-breakingly funny and tragic, like real life.

10:00 p.m.

Actress Sarah Steele affectionately cradles her tabby cat.

Steele’s feline friend

Photo credit: Instagram / Sarah Steele

I have a lot of trouble sleeping, so I try not to stay up too late. During the week, I’ve made it a point to be screen-free after 8 p.m. and it helps. I’ll read or listen to a podcast—a recent fave is the tongue-in-cheek one called Poog—or look over my lines for the next day.

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