Amid the clatter of commuting and child-rearing, Janet has recently returned to the acting career she put on hold to have children. Earlier this year she appeared in a walk-on role in Alpha Dog , a critically acclaimed film that grapples with the perils of neglectful parenting. After she saw the movie, its dark, cautionary lesson seeped into her own life. “I got after Paulina and Trevor, and I was like, ‘Don’t you understand that this can happen out there?’ ” she says. “It’s a different world out there than 25 years ago when I was a teenager.”
When I was 7 or 8, the Sea Org tried to recruit me. This nice lady in a smart uniform asked me and a friend if we wanted to join the Org when we came of age. We said "Sure!" The recruiter took us into the back room and handed us a pair of billion-year contracts ( seriously ), set to begin in a few years. My friend and I signed with our left hands, operating on the child logic that our signatures wouldn't count if we didn't sign with our right hands. With our luck, our membership will finally expire just in time for us to see the sun go supernova and swallow the Earth.