Actress Jenny Mollen

It’s true: Funny girl actress Jenny Mollen is just as hilarious in real life as she is in her live tweets about The Bachelor. Her new book Live Fast Die Hot is out June 14th, and chronicles the changes that have taken place in her life since becoming a mother. While the book is definitely on our summer reading list, we worry reading it in public might just make us look like cackling psychopaths to our peers…but we’ll take the risk.

We couldn’t wait to sit down with Jenny to chat about all things travel and food related, as well as her life with American Pie alum, her hubbie Jason Biggs. Jenny discussed her recent trip to Hong Kong—which included eating chicken feet—and gave us her favorite piece of advice for first time moms…

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

Porridge with berries and an almond macchiato, seared tuna salad, my husband’s sous vide chicken with spaghetti squash and onions, and a piece of dark chocolate by Hu.

How do you practice beauty from the inside out?

I work out five days a week, less for the physical than the mental. I have a sneaking suspicion exercise might not even change your body, just how you feel in it. I rarely eat red meat and dairy. My diet consists of lots of almonds, blackberries, cauliflower, ground turkey, and cold brew.

What are your morning and nightly beauty routines?

I pick every zit on my face, then proceed to treat my newly opened wounds with whatever tinctures I happen to find in my cabinet. I need to start washing my face in the dark.

What workouts do you love?

I love running and lifting weights. I’m not patient enough for Pilates but I do like hot power yoga. 

Which do you think are overrated?

I fucking hate spinning and I don’t think it’s a good workout. I would go so far as to say that any gym where the weights only go up to five pounds isn’t a real gym. Love the free gum though.

Where do you love to travel? What won’t you travel without? 

I love trips where I don’t need makeup, where I get to speak German or where I can scuba dive, but I’ll travel anywhere! The one thing I never leave behind is allergy medicine and dry shampoo.

We see you recently went on a trip to Hong Kong. What was the most memorable meal you ate while you were there?

Chicken feet and a stuffed sea cucumber at VEA.

Do you and your husband like to cook together? If so, what are some of your favorite dishes?

I usually do the vegetables and he does all the mains. Our favorite thing to make is probably Moroccan Tagine.

Your new book, Live Fast Die Hot, talks about how your life changed after becoming a mother. What advice do you have for other first time moms? 

Don’t listen to other moms! They are only going to freak you out. You are going to be scared to death anyway for the rest of your life and that is okay. The fact that you are questioning your decisions is what makes you a good parent. Go easy on yourself, and try to make time for pedicures.

What’s the best advice you ever received?

To get an epidural.

The worst?

To have Sid [my baby] at home in the bathtub.

You and your husband have a radio show together called ‘Jason and Jenny’. What’s the craziest thing that’s ever happened while you have been on the air?

Recently, I was in so much neck pain that I had to start drinking screwdrivers. I don’t remember how the show ended.

 You swear your were X in a past life…

A French revolutionary or a French poodle

What’s your advice to women getting up, looking in the mirror, and getting dressed in the morning?

You are hotter than you think you are and you are younger today than you will be tomorrow! Take seven more selfies for posterity and thank me in five years.

What would your last meal be and who would it be with? 

Lox and bagels with Sid and Jason.

What are your favorite food cities? What restaurants do you go to in each? 

Paris! I like Guy Savoy and L’Ambroisie. And in Italy, Rossellini’s (Ravello), Il Pagliaccio (Rome), and La Pergola (Rome).

In the same vein as what is the new black in fashion, what’s the new potato right now?

The restaurant within the restaurant. The fancy Michelin starred hideaway inside the nondescript pizzeria.

For more funny women, see this interview with Martha Plimpton, also read about the time we had dinner with Natasha Leggero