She loved the silver 1991 Chrysler LeBaron convertible. "I felt like I was in the lap of luxury," she says. "I remember my Omni was back in the days when there were manual door locks and manual windows. And for me to be a teenager, move to L.A., and being driving an automatic windows, automatic doors, silver Chrysler LeBaron convertible, I was like, 'Whoo! These are sweet wheels.'"
Being from a car family, she also had to learn how to drive a stick shift. "I remember my dad saying I had to learn how to drive a stick because if it wasn't a stick it wasn't a real car. That was the mentality of growing up in the Detroit area," she says.
She also drove a car with a manual transmission when she lived in Los Angeles. "I miss it. I drove it in L.A. as long as I could until there were just too many times when I couldn't get out of first gear going over Laurel Canyon. You're in that stop-and-go traffic and I couldn't get into second gear because you're just going up that hill and it stopped all the time. And I thought, my legs could really use a break. And I'd like to have a hand free to take a sip of my drink," she says. "I'd have a water bottle there and I couldn't have a hand free because I'm trying to get into second gear going uphill on Laurel Canyon."
First car bought
"I had wanted it for so many years. I was in love with this car -- the first car I ever bought new was a black Jeep Grand Cherokee," Forester says. "I loved that car so much. My dad was like, 'Nic, it's not practical to have a black car. It shows the dirt,' and I said, 'I've always wanted a black Jeep Cherokee with black interior. I don't care if it's going to get hot because it's L.A. I want it.'"
She never regretted that purchase. "I loved everything about that car and I had it until we had kids and decided to move into the minivan. But I just love the Jeep Grand Cherokee. It's still my favorite Chrysler car today," Forester says.
She bought the 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited in Santa Monica and she was thoughtful about her big purchase. "I thought I should be somewhat frugal -- I'll just go with the rear-wheel drive, I don't need four-wheel drive. My commutes into auditions and to set are 20 mile, flat terrain trips and I really don't need to spend the money and it's really not good for environment to get a four-wheel drive. That's the practical upbringing in me."
So when she moved to New York City to work on the soap opera "Guiding Light," she shipped the Jeep to drive it around the Big Apple. "Suddenly I was dealing with winter traffic and the rear-wheel drive wasn't ideal for that," she says. "I was wishing I had gotten the four-wheel drive."
Favorite road trip
Forester's favorite road trip is one she drives often, to and from the family's summer cottage in upper Michigan on I-75. "I borrowed my brother's Crossfire a few summers ago and drove from upper to lower Michigan one summer and that was beautiful and fast," she says. "I had to watch myself so I wouldn't speed. I make the drive up 75 quite frequently, almost every weekend in the summer, to get up there to the lake."
But much of her driving recently has been to Chicago for "Boss." "We were shooting season two of Boss from mid-March until mid-July and I would go an average of once a week, but there were weeks where I'd make two or three round trips," she says. "Once I made three round trips from Ann Arbor to Chicago in an eight-day period because I'd have a travel day and then a workday on set. I had just enough time to have 30 hours at home to see my husband and kids, soak them up, then I'd get back on the road."
The four-hour drive was worth it. "I figure I'd pay the four hours on the road to get 30 hours at home. It worked beautifully," she says.
Perhaps the most scenic road trip Forester has ever taken was from Los Angeles all the way up Highway 1 to just below the California state line. It was a 10-day road trip she did about ten years ago.
"I just absolutely loved it," she says. "It was to get away from L.A. and boy did I ever get it. It was beautiful. I had set 10 days in mind and it was to see how much I could see before I thought I better turn around. I didn't quite make it to Oregon. There was no itinerary and it was just, let the days unfold."
"Boss" on STARZ
Season Two of "Boss" premiered in August. The show airs at 9 p.m. Fridays, with the finale on Oct. 19. It stars Grammer in his Golden Globe-winning role as a Chicago mayor with a degenerative neurological disorder.
"What's great about it is that it's really well-written," she says. "I've done a lot of television over the years and some of it is not as smart as others. This one is really smart. The writers are brilliant -- every character is really complex, complicated, and intense in their own way. I've heard people describe it as a cross between 'The West Wing' and 'The Sopranos.' It's dark, cynical, and surprising."
Forester's character, Zajac, is the wife of the young gubernatorial candidate and in much of season one she was the dutiful, supportive politician's wife.
"Until the end of season one, you find out her true colors are that she's a political animal in her own right and she is willing to do whatever it takes keep her husband in line and on track to move into the governor's mansion," Forester says.
In season two, "You see her power and how informed she is; how much she's willing to do to get into that governor's mansion," she says.