“Timeless” is a good way to describe actress Kyra Sedgwick, whose film-and-television career now spans more than four decades. It’s also a common adjective ascribed to her directorial debut, Space Oddity, a science-fiction love story about human connection that stars Carrie Preston, Simon Helberg, and Sedgwick’s husband (of 34 years), Kevin Bacon. Since first appearing on-screen at the age of 16, on the daytime drama Another World, Sedgwick has steadily built an enviable career. Along the way, she’s also picked up both an Emmy and Golden Globe, perfecting the catchphrase “Thank you, thank you so much …” as Brenda Leigh Johnson on the TNT series The Closer, which ran for seven seasons. She also showed off her comedic timing with a recurring role on Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Herewith, she shares her tried-and-tested instructions for happiness. —Bridget Arsenault

Alibi: “The dog ate my homework.”
App: Notes.
Bag: Marni.
Bedtime: 10:30 p.m.
Bike: Airdyne.
Birthday: The next one.
Car: Electric.
Child: Non-whiny.
Cocktail: I.P.A.
Cocktail appetizer: Olives, Saint Angel cheese.
Date: Dinner.
Dress: Celine.
Enemy: Exxon.

Fit: Fitted but comfortable.
Flaw: Perfectionism.

My closet.

Hotel: Home.
Insult: “You’re unrelenting.”
Jacket: Maison Mayle.
KisS-off: “Sit on it and rotate.”
Lunch, weekday: Creamy polenta, mushrooms, and eggs.
Movie: Tootsie.
Nonfiction book: The New Guys: The Historic Class of Astronauts That Broke Barriers and Changed the Face of Space Travel, by Meredith Bagby.
Novel: Demon Copperhead, by Barbara Kingsolver.
Pair of pants: Hudson jeans.
Pair of shoes: Celine boots.
Pen or Pencil: Parker pen.
Pet: Dog.
Piece of advice: “It’s not personal.”

Podcast: Why Can’t We Talk About Amanda’s Mom?
Restaurant: Gennaro.
Saying: “Keep an open mind.”
Singer: Brandi Carlile.
Spouse: Kevin Bacon.
Street: Central Park West.
Storm: Rain.
Theme song to your life: “Looks Like We Made It.”
Time of day: Eight a.m.
Wake-up time: 7:30 a.m.
Work of art: Jackson Pollock’s Blue Poles.
Fill in your own perfect Life: Mine!

Kyra’s Essentials

Clockwise from left: a Celine V Back Lingerie dress; Dustin Hoffman in Tootsie, 1982; a Marni Milano bag; Celine boots; a Parker Duofold Classic pen.