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In the '90s she dated Christian Slater and starred in Gen X hits like Pump Up the Volume and Broken Arrow. Now Mathis, 36, plays a basketball coach's wife in Believe in Me (in limited release). And she's still on the A-list: as one of Hollywood's hot new florists.
WHY DID YOU EXIT THE FAST LANE? I removed myself [from Hollywood] after my mom [actress Bibi Besch] passed away in '96. That was hard. Then I came back, did some TV, theater. In this business it's a marathon, not a sprint—I'm interested in longevity.
HAS YOUNG HOLLYWOOD CHANGED? I'm so grateful I'm not 20 now. In my time, boy, did I have fun. But it was more innocent then—the limelight's much harsher now.
LUCKILY, YOU HAVE A GREEN THUMB! My partner [interior designer] Ryann Davis and I started a floral company, Succulent (www.succulentla.com). I lose myself when I'm planting and arranging. Our first paying job was for a film with Meryl Streep. Believe me, I worked on that arrangement for a long time!
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