Take 10 with Erin Cummings: Detroit 1-8-7 actress talks the Motor City, music and filming in the D.

Author:Wall, Rebecca
Position:COVER STORY - Interview

What was your first car?

My first car was my dad's white, 1979 Oldsmobile Cutlass with t-tops and burgundy pinstriping. It had authentic vintage that had authentic vintage credibility at a time when '70s cars, fashion, etc. were all coming back. Unfortunately, I was too young, rebellious and careless to appreciate that car. What my dad kept in good condition for 15 years, I destroyed in two.

What is your favorite car memory?

One late night in my tiny college town, the dance team and the football team had an all-out car war. There were two cars for each team, armed with eggs, water guns, etc. We drove all through the neighborhoods, hunting each other down and bombing each other's cars. At one point, I made the mistake of rolling down my window and got an egg to the dash. Dried egg flew at me every time I turned on the air conditioning after that one. I'd never recommend it, but memories of that night always make me laugh.


What do you like to listen to while driving and why?

I listen to music. Radio, iPod, CDs--whatever fits my mood for that moment. I like being able to turn my brain off to the problems of the world and just groove. It puts me in a good mood so I bring my best to wherever I'm heading to.

What's your dream car and why?

I've always wanted a black on black muscle car with pink fuzzy dice hanging from the rearview mirror. Something sexy and dangerous, with a fun accessory to remind me not to take myself too seriously.

What is your favorite car that you've ever owned and why?

My favorite car that I've owned is my Saturn SUV. It's the second Saturn that I've owned and, since the company no longer exists, I'm sad to say it's my last. I love my Saturn because it's cute and sporty but also a safe, American-made automobile that can carry a lot of stuff. And it's blue. We've been through a lot together and I love that girl.


What's your favorite Michigan memory so far?

My favorite Michigan memory is handing out Halloween candy with my family. That was the night that my cousin, Kathi Moss, gave a pair of her gloves to a cold child and inspired my community initiative, Mittens For Detroit. It was such a beautiful night of family, community and love, it still brings tears to my eyes when I think about it.

What's it like filming in the Motor City?

It's great! The people here have been so welcoming and generous of spirit. I love that Detroit offers the small-town comfort of a community spirit but...

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