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A Pause on the Way to Transgender Awareness

I’m thrilled that Caitlyn Jenner is on the cover of Vanity Fair’s July 2015 issue and that she looks astoundingly beautiful. Her increasingly brave choices are poised to do more good for the transgender movement than anyone elses in human history.  Her platform and message almost make 10 years of Kim Kardashian coverage actually worthwhile.

But I am concerned about putting it in the hands of VF, with vanity being the literal and meta name of their game. Historically, I am not usually a fan of even their other high­end covers since, with their level of access and recognition, they often seem to be the last one to see a trend, covering it only just before the lights go out on it for good.

Farr joins Two and a Half Men


Congratulations on your birth, young man!

The whole world was anxiously awaiting your arrival! And not just because you might become the king of England – when you are well past retirement age and those other two kings in front of you are done with their reigns – but rather because we are all so filled with hope to have a new Prince Charming.

Please don’t be insulted that the world is expecting you to be charming. No one outside of your great grandmother’s palace has any real understanding of what an actual prince is actually supposed to do, especially in this day and age.

The Pre-Wedding Advice You Need to Hear

No one really warns you that after that magical minute and a half where you and your partner decide to make a lifelong, legally-binding, love-based commitment, a whole mess of other people get involved. And they can really put a damper on things.

Especially for those brides and grooms like myself, who’s future in-laws didn’t quite see them as up to par for their child or their family. Wedding planning is already tough with all of your time, money and ego stretched to the limit, but if one of your parents is trying to stop the whole shebang from happening, engagement can become the final stage of your relationship.

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The Hardest Job in the World, Really

I find Barack Obama to be masterful at delivering one-line responses to republican jabs. He is appropriately measured to each word-missile sent his way, yet also unpretentious and seemingly frank. And he keeps his answers current to pop-culture thinking.

Usually, anyway.

Except in the recent exchange when Barack responded to a comment made about Mitt’s wife. “There is no tougher job than being a mom” is not a phrase that our man in the oval office coined. However, Obama’s repeating of it kinda made me dry heave.

As a mother I can say from the experience of sometimes working in the home and sometimes working outside of it– motherhood is not even close to the toughest job.

GOOD: What Do You Love: The Actress

Actress and author Diane Farr’s new book, Kissing Outside the Lines, charts the personal and political challenges of entering an interracial marriage. This week in GOOD’s video series, What Do You Love, Farr takes us on a tour of the small stuff. Here are 10 little things she loves:

1 when the babysitter walks in the door
2 seeing the freeway is empty
3 exhaling on the purple yoga mat
4 any class but coach
5 finding my man’s hand in my sleep under the covers
6 being included
7 being cooked for
8 seven hours of sleep in a row
9 my first day in a new place
10 holding my little ones’ hands in mine

Star Magazine: Q&A Diane Farr

The Numb3rs star pens a hilarious memoir about the challenges that await a mixed-race couple.

Love may conquer all, but that doesn’t make it any easier to win over strict Korean parents. In Kissing Outside the Lines, actress Diane Farr tells the humorous take of dating her histand-to-be, marketing executive Seung Yong Chung, sharing her own creative methods (like hiring a “cultural attache”) and those of 20 mixed race and religious couples across the country. Now a mom of three, Diane, 42, talks to Star about her successful struggle.

Q: We all know you as an actress. When did you start writing?

The writing was born from filling in the times between acting gigs. I hated sitting around waiting for someone to give me a job. Over 15 years I just got better at it.

Q: How difficult was your courtship, exactly?

Mine is a very traditional Korean story. My husband’s parents sent relatives to meet me one at a time until there were enough approvals. By the time I met them they couldn’t have been kinder, but I was never unaware that the process was their doing.

Q: How did you handle it?

As my husband said, disliking your child’s choice of mate is part of the process in an Asian family. It sort of became a game – a game I wanted to win.

Q: What will readers take away from the book?

You just have to keep showing up and being the person you are because most of this is fear of the unknown. A change of heart takes time.

Ranker: The Hottest Girls Of Californication

Diane Farr

Character: Jill Robinson, is a Grad Student/Teacher’s Assistant who meets Hank while having dinner at The Deanery. They end up going at it on top of the Dean’s desk in his home.

Background: Diane Farr has written two books. The first, The Girl Code, was published in 2001 and has been translated into 7 languages. Her most recent book, Kissing Outside the Lines was published in May 2011 and is a comical memoir on her path to an interracial marriage. Farr also writes for a number of American magazines and has an internationally syndicated newspaper column for the International Herald Tribune. Diane was a co-host of Loveline on MTV for 200 episodes, and made guest appearances on The Drew Carey Show, Arli$$ and CSI. She portrayed the recurring role of Amy DeLuca, mother to series co-star Majandra Delfino’s character Maria, on The WB’s and later UPN’s Roswell. She also played Maddie Hudson on The WB’s Like Family. Diane appeared in the cast of Rescue Me, playing a firefighter for two seasons. She left Rescue Me to star as FBI agent Megan Reeves on the CBS crime drama

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The Mentalist Taps Diane Farr, Bonnie Somerville, James Frain For February Sweeps

Diane Farr can check another CBS procedural off her to-do list.

The Numb3rs vet, who guest starred on CSI: Miami in October, will appear in an upcoming Season 4 episode of The Mentalist, TVLine has learned exclusively.

Mentalist Scoop: Morena Baccarin Teases Her ‘Juicy’ Encore

Farr will play Amy Barron, a Type-A, business-minded owner of a small winery in North California. Joining the actress in the outing are Bonnie Somerville (Cashmere Mafia, NYPD Blue) as Amy’s friend/business partner, who is accused of murder, and Kathryn Joosten (Desperate Housewives) as the murder victim’s neighbor.

True Blood‘s James Frain rounds out the crowded guest cast.

The episode is slated to air during February sweeps.

REDBOOK MAGAZINE: Why Can’t We Celebrate Everything?

When her son was left out of a friend’s Hanukkah party, Diane Farr decided to spread some multi-cultural cheer.

My son, Beckett, wasn’t invited to his best friend’s Hanukkah party last year. He was only 3 years old at the time, so it was hard to explain that the reason we weren’t asked over for dreidel games was because we aren’t Jewish. I broke the news to him at the zoo, hoping some popcorn and a good view of a baby giraffe would help him get over it. It did. I, however, was still fuming.

What Do You Love? A Video Series from GOOD

KBOO – APA Compass – Diane Farr on interracial love: “Kissing Outside the Lines”

Actress Diane Farr speaks frankly about multicultural and mutiracial love in today’s America. In this interview with APA Compass’s Andrew Yeh, Diane tells us how she fell in love with an American from a different cultural background, how the relatives learned to accept the relationship, how they married, and how they raise their kids. Her anecdotes are hilarious, her advice insightful, and her story inspiring.

Diane writes about her experiences in “Kissing Outside the Lines: A True Story of Love and Race and Happily Ever After.”

Anxiety in the Palm of my Hand

(Note: This column was written three weeks before the death of Steve Jobs at the announcement of his retirement.)

If someone were to ask me what I value most in life, my first answer would be my children. Although sometimes the truer answer is “alone time away from my children.” I’d quickly want to include my husband, many friends I can’t live without and a varied career to that list.

Yet I have so much proof that it’s all a lie.  Because I will ignore each and every one of those people and things I say I value, at least once a day (but usually more often) when faced with a little, red, blinking light on my mobile phone.

CSI: Miami Exclusive: Diane Farr to ‘Vamp’ It Up in Halloween Storyline

Diane Farr is sinking her teeth into some trouble on CSI: Miami.

The Numb3rs alumna will guest-star on the CBS procedural as a popular novelist who gets tangled up in a Halloween-time case, TVLine has learned exclusively.

In the Oct. 30 installment, Horatio’s team investigates a murder with vampiric undertones that appears to be based on a young adult book series penned by Farr’s character. One of the CSIs may even find him or herself bit along the way. (Hope everyone has had their shots.)

CSI: Miami kicks off its 10th season on Sunday, Sept. 25, at 10/9c.


Kissing (and Telling) Outside the Lines

By Silpa Kovvali

It is not easy for a white woman to write a book about her experience in an interracial relationship without inspiring a few eye rolls. More than a few when she opens Chapter 1 with a delightful anecdote about picking up her Korean-American husband by making this Miley Cyrus face in what she describes as “the international sign for ‘Yes, Charlie Chan… I mean you.’” Diane Farr, author of Kissing Outside the Lines: A True Story of Love and Race and Happily Ever After, seems rightly mortified by her admittedly drunken conduct. But the rest of that fateful evening’s behavior, which she describes as “pretty charming,” seems equally off. “I immediately said something about Korea being the only place in Asia I hadn’t been yet and maybe he could show me around someday,” she writes, “Seung was so flabbergasted that I knew his origins… that I just kept going with the ‘I feel your people’ theme.” Funny, a stranger once tried to pick me up by seductively whispering, “Are you Indian? I could tell you were Indian from all the way across the club.” I recall being less than charmed.

Actress favors Hanoi, Seoul as top cities

By Jae-Ha Kim, Tribune Media Services, August 23, 2011 

Diane Farr says she got a late start in traveling and didn’t leave the country until she was 15. But since then, the 41-year-old actress (“Californication,” “Rescue Me,” “Numb3rs”) has more than made up for it by traveling all around the world, primarily alone. That exposure to other cultures — as well as her marriage to a man of a different ethnicity — inspired her to write the funny and astute memoir “Kissing Outside the Lines: A True Story of Love and Race and Happily Ever After” (Seal Press, $24.95). Farr lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three young children. Check out for information on her latest projects. 

truecuddles – Featured Mompreneur: Diane Farr – Actress, Writer and Mom

by TRUE CUDDLES on AUGUST 15, 2011

“I think I’m beyond a social butterfly and I am more of a social bumble bee, leading with my stinger!”

True Cuddles met with Diane Farr, a mom of three (Beckett, Coco and Sawyer) with ten jobs (including actress, writer and mom) to chat about exactly how she does it all. You might recognize Diane Farr, Los Angeles mompreneur, from her star roles in “Californication,” “Rescue Me,” “Numb3rs,” and MTV’s “Loveline.” These days she is finding balance between motherhood and her newest book Kissing Outside the Lines, where she talks openly about the challenges of being in an interracial relationship with a Korean American husband. The New York Times describes her as someone who “looks like Barbie, but talks like Ken.” True Cuddles asks Diane just how she became such a master at juggling it all, while continually starting new projects (such as her newnationally syndicated newspaper column). Read on to be truly inspired and get ready to take a nap just thinking about all the things she’s running around doing.

Actress Diane Farr Dishes On Interracial Relationships

Kiss and Tell

In her new memoir, actress/writer Diane Farr talks openly about her interracial courtship with a Korean American man and the challenges they encountered in their quest to make their own “happily ever after.”

Many may recognize Diane Farr from her TV roles on Numb3rsRescue Me and Californication, or even farther back, as the sizzling young sidekick on Loveline alongside Dr. Drew Pinsky and Adam Carolla. Farr was 27 when she co-hosted Loveline, often dispensing cheeky love and sex advice. But more than a decade later, she has emerged as a thoughtful and seasoned voice on, of all things, race relations and interracial love. It’s a topic close to her heart, as Farr, of Irish and Italian heritage, fell in love with Seung Chung, a Korean American who immigrated to the States at age 3, after the two met at anengagement party. They married in 2006 and have three beautiful children.

But before this idyllic multicultural picture could emerge, Farr and Chung confronted a number of challenges as a mixed-race couple, including prejudice from both sides of their families. In her new book, Kissing Outside the Lines: A True Story of Love and Race and Happily Ever After (Seal Press), the actress and writer provides an earnestly candid look at how she and other mixed-race couples navigate these choppy, often intimately painful waters, and contends America is hardly post-racial. But though Farr’s memoir of her own difficulties in “winning” over Chung’s family is honest and often humorous, she’s careful not to demonize anyone—even those who worked as impediments to their interracial union. She explains that it’s often fear and not hate that are the source of parents’ opposition to their child’s interracial match. But she also posits that love is the last prejudice parents openly teach at home, even as they preach the Golden Rule and principles of equity.

Is This the Last Generation That Will Face Opposition to Interracial Marriage?

In her memoir, “Kissing Outside the Lines” actress and writer Diane Farr unveils the xenophobia and racism that continues to persist in, of all things, the realm of love.

In his 2003 book “Interracial Intimacies: Sex, Marriage, Identity, and Adoption,” Harvard law professor Randall Kennedy says that interracial relationships should be a “focus of inquiry for anyone seriously interested in understanding and improving American society.” Kennedy draws on history, literature, and policy to illustrate how intimate relationships are one of the last arenas in which racism is still tolerated in the United States.

In her new memoir,“Kissing Outside the Lines: A True Story of Love and Race and Happily Ever After,”actress and writer Diane Farr arrives at the same conclusion, albeit with a few more funny family stories and drunken escapades. Farr writes about what happened when she, and others, decided to shack up with someone from a different race, unveiling the xenophobia and racism that continues to persist in, of all things, the realm of love.

“But for all the social progress we have made over the last thirty years in public – in education and real estate, and business and friendship even – forward movement has not fully crossed over into the privacy of people’s homes, “Farr writes in her introduction, pointing out that sometimes even the most outwardly progressive parents recoil at the idea of their children marrying outside their race or religion.

‘Kissing Outside the Lines’ explores interracial love

Watch Diane Farr’s appearance on The Today Show above – click play to watch.

Diane Farr — “Numb3rs” star, “Loveline” veteran and contributor — always took for granted that she could love anybody she chose. But when she, a white woman, fell in love with a Korean-American man, she quickly learned a tough lesson: When it comes to navigating the landscape of interracial love in America today, you’re going to step on some landmines. Here is an excerpt from her new book, “Kissing Outside the Lines: A True Story of Love and Race and Happily Ever After.”