Whether you were in a sorority or not, we can all relate to the concept of “the ultimate revenge” against that girl that Regina-Georged all over us, and then some. We won’t say that’s the point of FOX’s new show – Scream Queens – but in it, there is definitely an element of mean-girl-come-uppance.
Actress Abigail Breslin stars as one of the glam sorority sisters on the show, and though we’ve no doubt been fans since her debut in Little Miss Sunshine (those red leather cowboy boots will forever be in our hearts and minds), Breslin is hitting a whole new audience these days with her new book – This May Sound Crazy – which hit shelves last week. We chatted with Breslin about the book, and all things Scream Queens, including the fact that the fake blood on the show smells like mint…
From start to finish, what would be your ideal food day?
Sushi, sushi, sushi, pizza.
Tell us a little bit about your new book, This May Sound Crazy…
Well, I started doing my Tumblr blog a couple of years ago just because I wanted an outlet to vent, and my friends were like, “Okay, you’re being annoying now.” I was kind of seeing this guy and it was not going well, so I thought, ‘Well, maybe if I talk to the internet, the internet will talk back to me and make me feel better about myself.’ And so, I did, and people started picking up on it. I got a lot of messages saying, “I really relate to the things that you’re writing,” and “I’m going through the same thing.” That’s what I really like about Tumblr, that I think is unique from other social media platforms — it takes away the whole celebrity aspect of things and they see it more as just talking to a friend. I still get messages being like, “You seemed a little bit off in this interview I saw you in. Are you okay? Are you drinking water? Are you doing this—“ It’s really sweet. Then last year I got a call from a book agent saying, “Would you want to write a book?” and I said, “Yeah!” And I just started doing it, and here I am.
What do you think is the difference between how you express yourself through Twitter and Tumblr?
I think that Twitter is more funny – like quick little bursts of humor throughout the day. I use Tumblr when I’m feeling really emotional at three in the morning. It’s like a journal entry. People are always asking me, “Do you feel like you’re giving advice to people on Tumblr?” but as much as I do [give advice], I feel like I get so much advice back in my messages. People always post on my dashboard, “Hey— My friend just went through a breakup like this, and this is what you should do.” It’s really cool.
The instagram accounts you can’t live without…
@textsfromyourex and all of my exes accounts.
What’s been the most memorable moment career thus far?
I worked with a director named Nick Cassavetes [on My Sister’s Keeper], and he was the first director that ever really treated me like an adult. I’d always loved making movies, but it made me really love acting — doing that movie with him. It made me feel like I had a lot more creative input in things, because up until then I was only eleven, so people were like, “I’m the director. I’m going to tell you what to do.” And they were all great, but I also just didn’t feel like I could offer anything. He really helped me to feel comfortable exploring different things creatively, so I think that played into me growing up.
What advice would you give your younger self? Do you feel like – as you talk about in your book – you’ve dealt with a lot of the things that other teenage girls deal with?
I think I was wiser when I was younger!
I think I’ve pretty much dealt with the same things, just in different ways. People say to me, “You don’t go to school. You don’t know what it’s like to see your ex at school every day.” Yeah, but I can see my ex in a trailer when I’m going to see a movie, with a million girls being like, “He’s so cute!” I’m like, “Oh God, no. He’ll ruin your life!”
Probably if I did have to give my younger self advice, it would be to not worry about guys as much – which is the same advice I give myself now. I used to get so, so freaked out and so concerned over nothing – which I still do, and I did today – but I’d probably say that. And also not to be so hard on myself. I look back and I’m like, “You know what, you were pretty bangin’ when you were fourteen. You look good kid!” I remember being like, “I hate everything. I hate my nose, I hate my hair.” And now I’m like, “No, your hair was a lot better then than it is right now, because you’ve bleached it so many times, you idiot.”
What are your personal morning and nightly beauty routines?
Whats the best advice you’ve ever received?
You get what you get and you don’t get upset.
Is it ever scary filming Scream Queens? Any fun surprising behind-the-scenes facts about all the gore?
They make fake blood that tastes like mint! The only thing that scares me is having to walk down the Kappa staircase in heels.
What’s the wardrobe closet and costuming process like? What’s been your favorite outfit?
One of the outfits I wear in an upcoming episode is my favorite. We call it the “Coachelsa” look because it’s what Elsa would wear to coachella. The wardrobe closet is every girls dream!
How do you always start your day?
With tons of coffee.
What are your favorite cities for food? What restaurant do you go to in each?
I love NYC and LA, especially Nobu in Malibu. I really love sushi. I love Koi in LA too. I love Chiba in New Orleans – I have a sushi spot everywhere. Chiba is actually so good. And people were like, “How can you get good sushi in New Orleans?” Billie Lourd [who plays Chanel #3 on Scream Queens] loves sushi, and we have a thing where we always want to talk about sushi, so this is a little ode to her.
Five things you’re coveting right now…
If you could host a dinner party with any five people living or dead, who would be there? What would you cook?
My friends and family in New York City (and my cat Gizmo). I’d order sushi because I don’t cook.