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What I Know: Jacqueline Buckingham Anderson

I have many roles. Mother. Wife. Entrepreneur. Actress. CEO. Certified yoga teacher—that’s a new one for me. When people ask me what I do, I say, “I’m a woman.”
Who would I like to be? Wonder Woman. She does it all. And has an invisible plane.
The next trip I’m planning is to the Himalayas. I will bring no accessories, except maybe something to tie back my hair. I like to pack light.

This has been the year of investing in flats. I used to have a much higher tolerance for uncomfortable shoes.
For a New York actor, being on Law & Order is like a badge of honor. Sam Waterston gave me the biggest acting compliment I think I’ve ever received. After a big crying scene, he said, “That was beautiful, truthful, and honest.”
I still get checks from that episode.
My goal is to make Indianapolis the most unlikely style capital in the world.
I grew up in Texas. Texas women don’t have fashion dictated to them. If they want to wear a hot-pink cowboy hat with a matching hot-pink leather ensemble, then by God, they will do it.
I have retired some of the dresses I wore in my 20s. I’m in a different place now.
Once, I wore a Gaultier Couture dress to a museum benefit, and it was flown in straight from Paris, right off the runway. It arrived an hour before I was supposed to be there. That was insane. I had no Plan B.
Now, I don’t just want to wear a dress—I want to own it. It’s more of a grown-up way of looking at it.
But if Gaultier Couture calls and says, “Would you please wear this dress?” I might have to give it some thought.
This interview originally appeared in the April 2011 issue.

Since first joining Indianapolis Monthly in 2000, West has written about a wide range of subjects including crime, history, arts and entertainment, pop culture, politics, and food. His feature stories have twice been noted in the Best American Sports Writing anthology and have received top honors from the Indiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. “The Collapse,” West’s account of the 2011 Indiana State Fair tragedy, was a 2013 National City and Regional Magazine Awards finalist in the category of Best Reporting. He lives on the near-east side.