Jill Hennessy: What's In My Bag?

Credit: Michael Pirrocco

To compose music for her second album, Jill Hennessy got creative. “I wrote lyrics on the back of shopping lists!” the actress-turned-singer says of I Do, out Oct. 2. “When an idea strikes, you don’t want to lose it.” The Madam Secretary star, 46, rifles through her black Tory Burch tote for Us. See what's inside!

Pack to Distract

“I’ve got Berenstain Bears books to keep my youngest occupied when we’re at a restaurant. The Berenstain Bears and Too Much TV is a very necessary one in our house,” she said of her two sons, Marco, 12, and Gianni, 7, with Cradle 2 the Grave actor Paolo Mastropietro, 51. “I also have action figures!”

What a Card

“You know those little punch cards you get? I have them for Jack’s Stir Brew and Big Gay Ice Cream (in NYC’s Greenwich Village). That’s the stuff of life, my friend. Coffee and ice cream.”

Lost and Found

“I’m carrying a pair of retro-style Ray-Ban sunglasses that my son found on the beach. They’re actually in pretty good shape for being washed up on a shore!”

Pucker Punch

“I keep one Sephora lipstick in case I have to go somewhere fancy. I love reds. I don’t wear any other makeup. Too lazy.”

A Little Bit Nutty

“I never leave home without a bag of dry-roasted, salted peanuts. I’m an addict. You never know when you’ll need that protein!”

Also in Hennessy’s bag: a men’s wallet (“It’s easier to fish money out!”), keys, an iPhone 6, a MetroCard, an Elizabeth Arden hand lotion sample, pens, credit cards, and lip balm.

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