Gillian Jacobs

Gillian Jacobs stole our hearts on Community, and we’re pretty sure she’s about to do it again on Girls in January. There hasn’t been too much that’s been given away about Jacobs new recurring role on the new season of Dunham’s HBO hit series, but that didn’t stop us from chatting with her about Life Partners, her latest film that opens this Friday, and getting her take on kale chips, ‘study group snacks’ on Community and of course the funniest thing that happened to her on the set of the upcoming Hot Tub Time Machine 2…yeah, we’re not kidding around here.

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From start to finish, what would be your ideal food day? 

Breakfast at Huckleberry (in my dream world, there is no line). Lunch would have to be at Kogi, followed by an afternoon coffee from Go Get Em Tiger. Dinner at Trois Mec or Night + Market.

5 items you’re coveting right now…

I am dying for a purse from Building Block, boots from Margiela, a fall jacket from Dries Van Noten, an ottoman from Olli and a serving bowl from Heath Ceramics.

How do you practice beauty from the inside out?

The more water I drink the better I feel. It seems so obvious but I’m not always great at it.

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A beauty mainstay that hasn’t changed since you were a teenager…

I never wore makeup as a teenager and I rarely wear it as an adult. I have to wear so much when I’m working that I like to give my skin a break. I’m also glad I never plucked my eyebrows as a teenager. I still rarely groom them. Full brows for the win!

3 things that have always made you laugh…

Christopher Guest, the book A Confederacy of Dunces and my Mom.

If you could pick the perfect ‘study group’ snacks, what would they be?

Kale chips if I was trying to be healthy and Mr. Goodbars if I didn’t care.

Funniest thing ever said to you…

That is so hard to answer! I would have to say Jim Rash as Dean Pelton on Community has perhaps made me laugh harder than anyone else.

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Funniest thing that happened on the set of Hot Tub Time Machine 2…

It was such a pleasure to stand back and watch Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson and Clark Duke improvise together. I don’t think I can repeat most of it but those three are magic together.

Something we should know about Life Partners…

I’m so proud of this movie! Leighton Meester and I play best friends and I think it is a smart, funny, incisive look into female friendship and friendship in general. Please check it out!

Best piece of advice you’ve ever received…

In the words of RuPaul, “If you don’t love yourself, how in the hell are you going to love somebody else?”

What’s always in your on-set trailer fridge?

I’m such a cliché of an LA actress. Chia seeds, almond milk, Greek yogurt, and kale chips.

Words to both ACT and EAT by…

Have fun because life is short.

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As a Pittsburgh native what are three places you’d advise that we MUST go if visiting…

To understand Pittsburgh you must eat at Primanti Brothers, eat a kielbasa and go to the Church Brew Works. But tailgating at a Steelers game is perhaps the most Pittsburgh-y experience you can have.

What are your favorite cities for food? Where do you go in each?

I spent a lot of time in New Orleans last year and fell absolutely in love with that city. I would eat at Willie Mae’s Scotch House, Herbsaint, Sylvain and Cochon. Chicago also has incredible food. I’d head to Big Star, Publican Quality Meats, Next, Alinea and Mr. Beef.

If you could host a dinner party for any five people living or dead, who would be there? What would you cook? 

I can’t cook so I would hire the restaurant Animal to cater the event. In keeping with our food theme, I’d invite Julia Child, René Redzepi, Roy Choi, Ferran Adrià and Carla Hall.

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*Gillian Jacobs, photographed at Ivan Ramen in New York, NY by Danielle Kosann. Gillian wears an Etro sweater and Rag & Bone boots.