Ann Dowd is a household name with roles in projects such as Garden State, Side Effects and Hereditary. Her role in the 2012 film Compliance earned the Massachusetts native a National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actress. Her pivot to the small screen includes iconic roles on shows such as The Leftovers, Good Behavior and Search Party.

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Now, many recognize Dowd as Aunt Lydia from the hit series The Handmaid’s Tale, a role she has portrayed since 2017. Her performance has earned her critical acclaim and an Emmy award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.

From her first meeting with her now-husband to her connection to theatre, Dowd sat down with Us Weekly to share a variety of fun facts about herself.

Keep scrolling to learn 25 things about Dowd:

1. The Sound of Music was the first play I ever saw. It was magic.

2. I was Adelaide in Guys and Dolls in high school. I loved every minute of it.

3. I greatly admire families who foster and adopt children and give them love and care.

4. I once ran away from kindergarten.

5. I kicked the principal when she came after me.

6. I love cacti.

7. Thrift shops thrill me.

8. I still don’t understand social media.

9. As a kid, I once stole my friend’s bike out of her garage.

10. I told her mother to “look the other way” when she asked me what I was doing.

11. I love to paint rooms and then decorate them — without anyone else chiming in!

12. I was a member of the Next Theatre Company in Chicago.

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13. I enjoy watching children play.

14. I love all actors!

15. I was a pre-med student in college.

16. I have a very poor sense of direction.

17. I worked in a pet shop when I was pregnant with my first child at age 35, and the air conditioning kept going off. I nearly went mad.

18. I love teaching what I know about acting.

19. I met my husband, Lawrence Arancio, in acting school. I knew I’d marry him before we even said hello. That was 43 years ago.

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20. My favorite saying is, “I can, and I will!”

21. I think swimming is the best.

22. New Hampshire is my favorite place on earth.

23. Roller-coasters terrify me. I once tried to climb out of one mid-ride. It didn’t go well!

24. I once hit a wave wrong while driving a Boston Whaler boat (way too fast!) with my three friends in it. We all fell out. The police were not amused.

25. I’m so grateful for my life.

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