Hello, my name is Lisa Jakub and I used to be an actor (Or: The answer to “why did you quit acting?”)

Hello, my name is Lisa Jakub. But most people in a restaurant/dentist’s office/yoga studio dressing room, call me “Hey, you look like that girl from Mrs. Doubtfire/Independence Day/Matinee.” There is a good reason for that. I am that girl. More accurately, I was that girl. Or maybe I always will be her. Twenty years later, …

We’ll never be royals: Princess Diana tried to set me up on my first date

In case you are still in the midst of Royal Fever from Harry and Meghan's wedding - here's the story of when Princess Diana tried to set me up with her son. (This is an excerpt from my memoir You Look Like That Girl: A child actor stops pretending and finally grows up) Some people …

That time I met Barbara Bush and her running shoes

As a twelve-year-old Canadian, I really didn't know what I was supposed to wear when I met the First Lady of the United States. Had I known that she was going to show up wearing running shoes, I think I would have felt much better about the whole thing. I had acted alongside the spectacular Jessica …

Last chance to apply for Veteran’s retreat in Texas!

For the last several years, I've been working with Expedition Balance - a Veteran's non-profit. (Those who have read my book Not Just Me will recognize them from chapter 8!) There is still some space available in this year's retreat. We'll leave from Houston on April 19th and drive a few hours to a ranch …

Accurate not arrogant: admitting your strengths

  What are you really good at? Does that question make you squirm? Or is it just me? Perhaps it’s a product of my humble Canadian upbringing (heaven forbid a Canuck be proud of an accomplishment) but the idea of talking about the things I’m good at seems about as fun as a bikini wax. But isn't there …