Sunday night is the Mad Men premiere, and we decided to usher the new season in with a chat with ‘Sally Draper,’ also known as the fashionable foodie Kiernan Shipka. Shipka is both wise beyond her years and sweet as can be, and when she showed up on a street corner in East Hollywood (for breakfast at Sqirl) we couldn’t decide what we wanted more – the french toast she ordered or her vintage Celine sweater.
The incredibly chic fourteen-year-old has managed to steal the hearts of the fashion industry (and ours as well), and as she directed us to the very best vintage shopping and sushi in LA, we were tempted to ask her to join us. That’s right, we have a teenage girl crush; anything can happen in Hollywood…
From start to finish, what would be your ideal food day?
For breakfast, I’d have avocado toast. Avocado with a squeeze of lemon, some salt, chili flakes, and pepper…it’s kind of the perfect breakfast. For lunch, I’d definitely do sushi. For dinner, I’d have to go with French food. I typically go out to dinner with my family on weekends, and we usually all order something different so we can try a bit of everything. I would order the bouillabaisse. For dessert, I love donuts. Plain beignets are my favorite, but honestly, I like any kind of donut.
What are some typical pre and post shoot routines?
My pre shoot routine is waking up, getting ready, and grabbing a smoothie on my way to set. My post shoot routine, depending on the day and time, is going to some sort of class or having dinner!
What’s always in your bag on set?
My computer, my phone, and usually a book!
What’s a typical lunch like on the set of Mad Men?
Lunches are fun because everyone involved in the production comes together. You get to see a lot of people you wouldn’t normally see or work with, and it’s really great.
Your go-to on set snack…
It’s always changing, but currently, maybe an avocado (I have such an obsession…I even did a paper on avocados for school), a pack of seaweed, or fruit. I also love snacking on pomegranate seeds.
What would your last meal be? Who would it be with?
My last meal would definitely be with my family, and it would probably include an amazing burger. I don’t think it gets better than that. I’d also have truffle fries and a milkshake, because, why not?
What catches your eye on every menu?
Things that sound adventurous on menus always catch my eye. Usually, if the restaurant has a staple dish listed, I’ll try it…or at least convince someone at my table to order it so I can have a few bites.
What are three great tricks to creating the very best food Instagrams?
I like to amp up the clarity, brightness, and contrast with an app called Afterlight. I love to square all of my photos so they have white borders with Afterlight, Vintique, or Squaready. I like to post what I think looks cool!