Good genes…that’s only one way to describe the absolutely awesome Jack Quaid – son of Meg Ryan and Dennis Quaid – wherein it can no doubt be denied the kid comes from good stock. He’s got a lot more than that going for him though; most recently, his new starring role on Mick Jagger and Martin Scorsese’s new HBO show Vinyl. Last night was a big episode for Quaid, and we couldn’t help but sit down with this up-and-comer for a chat on advice from his parents, working with Marty himself and of course, his ideal food day…
From start to finish, what would be your ideal food day?
I’d start off with a little omelet action. Preferably turkey bacon is involved. For lunch, a dynamite sandwich of some kind and then for dinner, Mexican food. Also, if possible, I’d like to eat every meal outside…with Samuel L. Jackson.
What was it like coming onto a project helmed by Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger? Did they have any notable advice for you?
It was absolutely insane. I still can’t exactly believe that it happened. I can’t say either of them ever pulled me aside and said, “Here’s some advice, kid” but you learn so much from just watching them do their jobs, that there’s really no need for that. They’re just walking wells of experience and know-how. It’s almost impossible NOT to learn anything from just being in the same room as them.
What has been the most memorable moment on set so far?
There’s a scene in the last episode that truly changed my life. But since I can’t really talk about that as of right now, I’d say a (very) close second would be when I have a boa constrictor on me in Episode Three. No acting required for that scene. That’s real fear in my eyes.
What’s been the best advice you’ve received from each of your parents?
“Don’t worry about it!” Great advice that I very rarely take.
A recipe your Mom cooked when you were younger that you always loved…
She would make these amazing breakfast sandwiches every morning before I went to school for like three years straight. We called it the “Egg McMom.” Weird name. Great sandwich.
The best trip you’ve ever taken and why…
I was in London for about a month when I was sixteen doing a Shakespeare intensive. I had so much fun in the classes and I truly fell in love with that city. I haven’t been since but I’m dying to get back there.
What music do you personally love?
I’m a fan of all genres really, but the people I’m listening to right now are Dr. Dog, Alabama Shakes, Huxlee, Henry Hall, Dr. John, Lucius and The New York Dolls.
The app you couldn’t live without and why…
Shazam. If I hear a good song that I’ve never heard before and no one can tell me what it is, it always comes in handy. Though I wish they could make it so you don’t look ridiculous holding your phone all the way up to the high-mounted speakers. There have been a couple of times where I’ve had to say, “Sorry I’m just Shazam-ing.” It doesn’t feel good.
What’s the personal grooming item you can’t live without?
I actually bought a mini flat-iron hair straightener last summer because it was so humid in New York and I had more hair than I’ve ever had in my life for the show. I just needed it to keep my hair from being overwhelmingly poofy, which it really wanted to be.
Your idea of the perfect first date…
Dinner and drinks at a place where we can hear each other talk, then move to somewhere with a dance floor and good music.
What would your last meal be? Who would it be with?
Penne arrabiata from a restaurant called Caffe Delfini…with Samuel L Jackson.
What restaurants do you love in LA and NYC? What do you order at each?
In LA I love Casa Martin, an amazing family-owned Mexican restaurant. I usually get “Fernando’s Super Burrito,” a massive burrito that basically counts as two dinners. In NYC, I go to Eva’s near Washington Square Park. It’s a health food restaurant but the food is hearty as hell. I go for “the victory plate” which is just chicken, brown rice and veggies, but it just tastes so damn good.
Obsessed with any workouts? What are they?
I try to alternate days at the gym where I push things with days where I pull things. So one day I’ll press free-weights and then the next time I’m in there, I do pull-ups. Nothing fancy but I dig it.
In the same vein as ‘what is the new black’ in fashion, what’s ‘the new potato’ right now?
Aunty Donna is the new potato. They’re an incredible sketch comedy group out of Australia. I could watch their stuff for days. Hilarious.
*Jack Quaid, photographed in New York, NY by Danielle Kosann.