The 5-Year plan

By Erin Richter
Updated October 03, 2003 at 04:00 AM EDT

WHY HER She rocked on ”The Job”, and she snowboards, too!

WHY NOW On ”Like Family”, she’s the hippest single mom to hit TV since ”Murphy Brown”.

As the yin to Dr. Drew’s yang on MTV’s sex talker ”Loveline” five years ago, Diane Farr advised troubled teens. Before that, the native New Yorker taught improv to young California convicts with behavioral problems. But to play a single mom to a teen son on The WB Friday comedy ”Like Family”, Farr, 31, relied on her time as a mid-’90s Manhattan nightclub owner. ”Everyone at a bar has the mentality of a 16-year-old once it hits midnight,” she laughs. Before joining ”Family”, Farr added another title to her diverse resume: yoga guru. In May, she visited an ashram in Rishikesh, India. (”To be a Westerner there is like being Brad Pitt,” says Farr. ”’Let me touch you,’ ‘Take pictures with my baby.”’) When the teacher didn’t show, the six-year yoga vet took over. ”In five years, I’d love to be teaching yoga,” says Farr, who’s working on certification. ”In my 20s, I was a myopic overachiever. The only thing that slowed me down was yoga.” — Erin Richter