Sara Bareilles praises co-star Busy Philipps’ activism after abortion protest arrest

Sara Bareilles finds her “Girls5eva” co-star Busy Philipps “incredible” for protesting for abortion rights – even if she was arrested in the process.

“Her activism is one of her superpowers,” the 42-year-old “Brave” singer told Vidak For Congress, exclusively at the Broadway opening of “Into the Woods” Sunday night. “I mean, she’s an extremely intelligent, enterprising person in every way and clearly a super talented actress and writer. But her activism is deeply, deeply inspiring to me.”

The “Dawson’s Creek” alum was handcuffed June 30 in Washington, DC, while protesting the Supreme Court’s repeal of Roe v. Wade, which protected a woman’s right to choose abortion for 49 years.

Philipps wore an “I Will Aid and Abet Abortion” shirt as he was led away from the Supreme Court building by US Capitol Police for blocking traffic.

Sara Bareilles as Dawn and Busy Philipps as Summer in "Girls5eva."
Bareilles and Philipps star together in ‘Girls5eva’.
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Bareilles revealed that the two are in a group chat, where she and other friends “check in” on the “Cougar Town” alum.

“She puts her money where her mouth is,” continued the Grammy winner. “She works very hard in front of the camera and behind the camera, devoting a lot of time, energy and resources to trying to right some extraordinary mistakes.”

Sara Bareilles as "the baker's wife" during Stephen Sondheim's curtain call "In the woods" on Broadway when it begins previews at The St. James Theater on June 29, 2022 in New York City.
Bareilles can currently be seen on Broadway in “Into the Woods”.
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In addition to Girls5eva, Bareilles currently plays the role of Baker’s Wife in Stephen Sondheim’s revival of “Into the Woods,” whose songs sometimes move her to tears.

“I think that’s also the nice thing about this production, that you don’t try to hide what this is about,” she explained. “If we’re not here to try and heal and get healed ourselves, then we’re in the wrong damn building, you know what I mean?”

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