Screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg has her hands full--until recently, she's been juggling TV gigs and the Twilight saga. So what does she do when she's not engrossed in the world of Edward, Jacob and Bella? Eat. Workout. And sleep.
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When you think of a screenwriter, we bet you aren't picturing someone tall, blonde and pretty like Rosenberg, a former dancer who wrote for TV shows like Party of Five, The O.C. and Dexter.
"Dance and writing actually have a lot in common," she told us. "With both, you're staging, expressing something visually. And writing is surprisingly physical. You can't have any aches or pains distracting you. Working out keeps you present and sharp."
When she started working on Twilight's final script for Breaking Dawn (which she said she's approaching as two separate movies), Rosenberg left TV writing to focus exclusively on features. Now, she works from home.
After getting a degree in dance, Rosenberg dreamed of being a choreographer. Instead, she became a writer--and got to indulge her love of dance by writing the script for Summit Entertainment's film Step Up (Summit also produces the Twilight franchise). She stays in shape by working out regularly with a trainer--cardio, weights and stretching. "I really like circuit training," she said. "My family has a history of heart disease, so I love anything that keeps my heart rate up!"
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Moving from an office to working at home also affected her eating routine. "When I wake up, I climb the stairs to my office, and I'm actively writing for six to eight hours a day," Rosenberg said. "Because my job is so sedentary, it's easy to put on weight. I'm really careful about my diet."
For breakfast, she'll snack on roasted pecans and sugar-free chocolate chips. Instead of coffee, she'll have two cups of green tea, one at ten or eleven a.m, and one at two or three p.m. "It's a nice energizer, without the caffeine spike and crash of coffee," she said.
Lunch is always a vegetable or a protein, while dinner is always as balanced as possible--a carb, a veggie and a protein (even though she admitted she's cutting back on carbs). Plus, "I'm a sugar addict," she confessed. "It's easier for me to cut it out completely rather than try and stick to just one cookie. A glass of wine at dinner also helps control my cravings!"
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