Excited is a major understatement for this season of Girls to return. How is Shosh doing in Japan? What happened to Marnie’s wedding? Will Hannah stick with her responsible decision? What responsible decision is that you ask? Getting with Jake Lacy, our favorite new leading man of course. Lacy plays Hannah’s newest squeeze on the show, and it seems he’s here for the long haul.
We can’t get enough of Lacy as A. He’s adorable and B. Where fabulous women go, he seems to follow. This has no doubt been his year, starring in female-centric heavy-hitters like Carol, Girls, How To Be Single, and Obvious Child, With the Girls premiere coming this Sunday, Lacy sat down with us to discuss his funniest moments with Lena, definitions of feminism from the women he’s worked with and why he considers himself a ‘good guy’ not a ‘nice guy’…
What would be your ideal food day?
Dream scenario is blueberry pancakes with crispy bacon and real Vermont maple syrup for breakfast, with a side of French toast with VT maple syrup (Grade B all the way!), and coffee and OJ. For lunch, probably a loaded up burger. The Farmhouse in Burlington has the best burger I’ve ever eaten. It has blue cheese, bacon jam, pickled red onions, a toasted bun, lettuce and tomato jam. The BEST. For dinner, pizza – either homemade or wood-fired oven with pepperoni or sausage. Or I’d crank it all the way up and go with some pesto, salami and hot-honey pie. Something monstrous and horribly unhealthy. For dessert, I’d cap the night off with some Ben and Jerry’s Phish Food in a waffle cone with rainbow sprinkles!
What’s your go-to breakfast each day?
Usually a couple of eggs, scrambled well. It depends on whether I’m on a fitness streak or letting it all hang out. Sometimes I’ll make an egg sandwich at home with a cinnamon raisin English muffin, bacon, sharp cheddar, apple butter and scrambled eggs, with coffee and grapefruit juice.
You’ve had an amazing year; what’s the biggest discovery you’ve made so far?
First, thank you! That’s very kind. I think I’m most struck by the fact that I couldn’t have planned any of this. I keep being reminded that as much as I want to strategize and plan ahead there is really no way of knowing what job I’ll get, how it will turn out, or how people will receive it. At some point, I have to stop looking to the future and just enjoy where I am now.
You’ve starred in so many amazing pro-women projects (Girls, How To Be Single, Carol, Obvious Child). Was that a coincidence? What have you learned from it?
It was a coincidence in the sense that I didn’t exclusively seek out projects spearheaded by women. However, I couldn’t be more proud to have been a part of each of these! My parents are very thoughtful, generous, intelligent people and they instilled in me the belief that everyone has the right to be treated with respect and that we each have a right to follow our own path and make our own decisions regardless of age, race, religion, sexual preference, or gender. I was very fortunate to have such wonderful examples growing up and hope that that has carried forth in my career.
What’s a definition of feminism you’ve seen as a common thread between all the of awesome women you’ve worked with?
I think ultimately it comes down to people being treated equally. A common subject in some of the stories I’ve been a part of is that women are often held to unfair and unrealistic standards. However, I believe as a universal thread that all people deserve to be treated with respect and dignity.
What’s the funniest moment you’ve had on set with Lena Dunham?
I think the real laughs on set come in between takes. The audience gets to laugh because they see characters committing to, possibly, ridiculous behavior and choices. But that character doesn’t think they’re being ridiculous so there’s usually not huge guffaws while filming. It’s usually a joke in between set ups about a burrito I ate for lunch or what happened on the drive to work.
On Girls you’re playing the nice, responsible guy. Are you him in real life? Are you a romantic?
(Laughs) I’ve learned to be responsible over years of trial and error. I think there’s a difference between being a ‘nice’ guy and a ‘good’ guy. I aim to be a good guy in my own life. That said, I can be stubborn and hardheaded. I don’t need people to see the world the way I see it but if I’ve made up my mind about something it’s probably not going to change. As for being a romantic, I guess you’d have to ask someone on the other side of that equation.
What are you guys all snacking on on the set of Girls?
I have learned that snacking on set leads down a dark, dark path. There are tables full of delicious cakes and pastries and mini-candy bars. All kinds of great, sugary stuff! There are also carrots and cucumbers cut up on a board, but for me it’s a pretty fluid transition from a plate of carrots straight into a piece of chocolate cake. I stick with water and coffee as far as snacking.
What was it like working with Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett?
It was a real privilege to get to work with both of them. I have the utmost respect and admiration for both their work and it really was a true joy. Being a part of that production meant the world to me and I’m forever indebted to Todd [Haynes] and the producers for having me along for the ride.
Do you shy away from talking politics at the dinner table, or do you go for it?
I have no problem talking politics at the dinner table. However, you obviously have to feel it out first. If people are truly interested in hearing each other out and having an intelligent discussion, I’m all in. If people want to stand on a soapbox and scream their opinions at each other, I’ll probably keep quiet.
Your idea of the perfect first date…
Pizza. Pizza, pizza, pizza.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
Good things come to those who persevere.
What are your favorite eating and drinking spots in Brooklyn and Manhattan? LA?
Juliana’s in Dumbo, Lucali in Carroll Gardens, PJ Clarke’s on the east side (best old school burger in the city in my opinion), and John’s of Bleecker – basically pizza and burgers. In LA? Mao’s on Melrose, Masa in Echo Park, and Hugo’s in West Hollywood.
In the same vein as ‘what is the new black’ in fashion, what’s the new potato right now?
*Jake Lacy, photographed at P.J. Clarkes in New York, NY by Danielle Kosann.