The best sushi on the planet, epic karaoke, and the best birthday present ever! It’s all here for you as FCB Chicago Executive Producer Stacy Miller stops by for an entertaining round of Five Questions with SCREEN!
SCREEN: Best birthday present ever?
STACY: This one is easy to answer. My best birthday gift was from my older brother and sister-in-law. The year my father passed was the same year I was having a big, ending in zero, birthday. My brother and sister-in-law knew I needed a pick-me-up, so they said I could pick anywhere in the US for a birthday weekend for my husband and I to join them. After about two minutes of contemplating, I choose Napa Valley. I had never been, and I very much enjoy wine. They planned every detail – we stayed at the most beautiful hotel, had amazing spa services, delicious meals, wine, wine and then more wine. It was the perfect, best birthday gift.
SCREEN: Your favorite restaurant on the planet?
STACY: This one is hard to answer, there are so many great choices. Here’s my pick today – and I have the right change my answer tomorrow – it’s Uchiko in Austin, TX. It has a great atmosphere with the best brussels sprouts anywhere! The last time we were there (oh how I miss production dinners) we sent the waiter back three times for more brussels sprouts. The rest of the meal was amazing too. Hard to believe the best sushi restaurant is in Austin, but it is.
Feast your eyes on the culinary artistry of Uchiko right here…
SCREEN: Worst job ever?
STACY: In high school, I worked at a cheese store. Yes, all they sold was cheese… that was the good part. The part I hated most was when had to stand in the middle of the mall to pass out samples. Very awkward for a shy teenager.
SCREEN: Most famous person you’ve ever met?
STACY: Some people have the ability to notice celebrities in an instant. I am not one of those people. Once in NY, my husband turned to me and said, “wow Julianne Moore is so beautiful.” I craned my neck in every direction but still could find her in the crowd. My first celebrity encounter goes back to way before they were famous. One of my childhood friends from the neighborhood, who I never imagined would be famous, is the actor, Joey Slotnick. Think Blacklist, The Office, Marvelous Miss Maisel, Good Wife. He is one celebrity I always recognize when he walks into a room.
SCREEN: What is your go-to karaoke song?
STACY: I know this is unoriginal, but it’s ‘I will Survive’, by Gloria Gaynor. That song can put anyone in a good mood. When it plays, no matter how poorly or how often a night it is performed (talking about me), everyone sings along.
[SCREEN: No doubt the world agrees with you, Stacy, as this video of I Will Survive has over 118,000,000 views on YouTube! Turn up the volume and take a dance break…]
SCREEN: What’s that TV show you’re a little embarrassed to admit you love to watch?
STACY: This is Us, I love it. I love the characters, the way they jump back and forth through time, I love how cheesy it gets at times and I admit I love the crying that comes with almost every episode.
[SCREEN: Ok, Stacy, here it is… the top ten This Is Us moments that made us ugly cry, just for you!]
SCREEN: You can only be a fan of one sports team. Which one is it and why?
STACY: Ready for the eye rolls – but I would choose The Chicago Blackhawks, Sure, they’re fun to watch, but more importantly, my husband is obsessed, he watches every game he can. So… if I could only pick one sports team, it would definitely be the Hawks. (Cuz I like my husband!)
SCREEN: What’s inspiring you today?
Great creative work, kind people, music, my family.