We’re big Fans. Of Leah Lewis (she/her), that is. She plays George Fan on our fav adaptation of Nancy Drew. (Which just started filming for Season 4!) But when she’s not on set, she’s busy being a plant mama to 20 green kiddos.

Here, the 25-year-old talks about the upcoming season, her self-care routine, and how our personal practices reflect back on Mother E.

How excited are you that Nancy Drew got renewed for Season 4? [Spoilers ahead if you aren’t caught up.]
I’m so, so, so stoked. First of all, I love working with my cast and crew—they’re like family. Second, getting to shoot in Vancouver, one of the most beautiful cities ever, is amazing. But I’m just as excited to be George again. In the last season, she decided she wanted to be a lawyer and actually do something with her life instead of settling for something she was really unsure of: marriage. Now that she’s gotten to know what it was like to be loved, she’ll be able to really experience being on her own and fighting for her future.

Now that’s some self-care. But what does self-care look like for you?
For me, it used to mean ignoring the world, putting on a face mask, painting my toenails, and eating pizza. But nowadays, it’s been about checking in with myself mentally. Asking myself, “What is it that I need today? How can I make myself happy? How can I keep myself safe, comfortable, and productive with the things I want to do?” Fitness is a really big thing for me as well—whether it’s taking a walk, going to the gym, or just dancing in my room.

Do you have a daily routine?
I try to get as much sleep as I possibly can, eat when I’m hungry, drink a lot of water to stay hydrated, and journal. I love getting my thoughts out on paper to express myself, find different goals, and write gratitude lists. I also think with the power of gratitude, not every day is going to feel good. But actually looking at what you have, you’re like, “Wait, even through the sh*t, I still have so many things.”

How is being environmentally conscious a form of self-care?
I feel like giving back to the planet is also giving back to your health because you’re investing in yourself, your water, your climate, and your environment. It’s just a larger form of self-care.

So how many plants do you have?
I have 20 plants, but there have been times when I’ve had like 36 plants. That was a little much and they all died because they got thrips. Which if y’all don’t know, thrips are really, really bad.

Do you have a fav plant?
Honestly, I have this really smacking begonia. It’s a spotted beauty, and they usually grow in the rainforest on the floor in Brazil. I don’t like spending too much money on plants, but after I did really well at an audition, I was like, “I’m going to treat myself.” So I went and got her (and that job).

Is there any advice you’ve been given recently that stuck with you?
When I talk to my dad on the phone, he is always dropping these little nuggets of wisdom. Recently he was like, “Make sure that you want to travel, stay light on your feet, work hard, and be self-assured because of the work that you put in.” And I was like, “Dang, good point!” Sometimes my mind tends to overcomplicate things and his words always put stuff into perspective.