By Tom Gliatto Monica Rizzo
February 25, 2013 12:00 PM

>THIS IS YOUR FIRST SERIES SINCE LEAVING ER IN 2002. WHAT HAPPENED?

I made an intentional decision to take a break with my family. Now my kids are sick of me and ready for me to go back!

HOW HAVE YOU SPENT THE PAST DECADE?

I very happily walked my kids to school and learned how to cook. We took a year off and traveled around the world. I got my pilot’s license; that’s become a huge passion of mine.

JUST LIKE IN TOP GUN! DOES THAT FILM STILL MAKE YOU COOL WITH YOUR KIDS?

It does. This year on New Girl one of the characters said, “No one dies like Anthony Ed!” When they refer to me, my kids get really proud.

—MONICA RIZZO

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