The Select Guest
MEET | SARAH WYNTER
Featured 4.3-4.9.17 | I first fell in love with Sarah Wynter back in 2003 when she played Kate Warner on my then-favorite show, 24 (go ahead — pretend you didn't love Jack Bauer. I dare you). And she kept showing up on all of my favorite shows: Damages, Californication, The Good Wife, Goliath. And finally, she showed up in a close friend's Instagram feed, and I knew it was meant to be. I jumped at the chance to be set up with her, and on our first "date" we drank summer drinks in the middle of a snowstorm and spilled our life stories to each other. Because Sarah is that girl: the gorgeous one who lives big, laughs hard and makes you feel like you're standing in the sun. She's also a fierce activist and proponent of Mom's Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a maniacal crossworder, a Lego aficionado and a bit of a germaphobe (yes, she wipes down every surface before sitting in ANY plane seat, which I'm actually extremely envious of). Yep, this Australian-born, mom of three (boys!) is the whole package. Welcome to Sarah's week.
more about sarah
Sarah Wynter was born and raised in Newcastle, Australia. Her grandmother was the Lord Mayor of Newcastle (the nation's first woman to hold a position of such rank) and set a lifelong example of public service for Sarah. In 1991, she moved to the United States to pursue a career in acting and for the past 25 years she has enjoyed success in both movies and television. Among her most recent credits are lead guest star in the 400th episode of Law and Order: SVU and the highly acclaimed Amazon series Goliath. Among her early notable credits are Californication, American Odyssey and 24.
For the past several years Sarah has been an active and voluble presence in the campaign for gun safety, principally through Mom's Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. Before that, she pursued this advocacy with such organizations as Mayors Against Illegal Guns (now Everytown for Gun Safety and partner of Moms Demand) and The Brady Campaign. It has been her engagement with Mom's Demand however, that has given real momentum to her passionate advocacy for gun safety. She has worked closely with the organization's founder Shannon Watts and other volunteers in leadership roles in New York State to help advance the cause. In 2016 she attended Gun Sense University in Albuquerque along with hundreds of leaders and volunteers from every state across the country.
The group is careful to distinguish between addressing second amendment issues and gun safety. The former is fraught with political peril and detracts from the issue of safety. The need to increase safety by registration and back ground checks, excluding unfit people from obtaining gun licenses, establishing more gun free zones near schools etc does not in anyway infringe upon anyone's right to carry or own a weapon; it merely demands that those rights be exercised with the safety of others in mind.
Sarah is the mother of three sons and resides in Westchester County in New York.