Staying in With: Actor and Podcast Host Dennis Quaid

The host of ’The Dennissance’ on what he’s reading, cooking, and watching
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For our Staying in with… series, we ask interesting people what they’re watching, reading, and listening to while we all stay at home. In this edition: Dennis Quaid. Find more in our Inside Guide


Actor Dennis Quaid (The Parent Trap, Postcards from the Edge) also claims credits as a musician, songwriter, boxer, pilot, and part-time race car driver. He has recently taken on a new role: hosting his own podcast, The DennissanceOn the show, he’ll conduct long-form interviews with people he finds interesting–starting with last week’s premiere episode featuring “Old Town Road (Remix)” collaborator Billy Ray Cyrus.


Dennis Quaid Is Staying in With…

Books: Reagan: An American Journey by Bob Spitz

I’m reading Ronald Reagan biography by Bob Spitz in preparation to play Reagan in a feature film later this year. The book is an all-encompassing tome of Reagan’s life from childhood until after he left office and gives a very in depth account of his principles, ideas, and philosophy and also the people and institutions that influenced him. I suggest reading the biography of someone you would like to pretend to be.


Television: Tiger King

It is wildly entertaining and makes me so thankful for the life that I have. It has spread like a wildfire through all the quarantined homes of America, and I still don’t know who the good guy is, or if there is one. There but for the grace of God, go all of us.


Activity: Playing Piano

I have been playing lots of piano, about four hours a day. I am taking an advanced self-taught course on Jerry Lee Lewis. When I got the role back in 1987 for Great Balls of Fire, I had a year to prepare for it. Jerry Lee was one of my teachers, and then I had a teacher who would come to the house four times a week to teach me the songs. Today, I have YouTube which shows you visually how to play the songs, and is especially convenient during this time of quarantine. I am also working on “Your Song” by Elton John just in case I get asked to host a worldwide charity concert.


Cooking: Crockpot Soups

We’ve all learned a lot about cooking in my house during these times. Going to the grocery store multiple times a week is considered dangerous these days. We’ve been eating a lot of soups which are easy to make in a crockpot, nutritious, and last for several days. I just throw in a bunch of vegetables we have on hand and some chicken broth and it always comes out delicious.


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