Hannah Marks is the kind of woman we all wanted to be as teenagers: confident, unapologetic, a badass in ripped jeans and a baggy t-shirt. She makes high tops look elevated, as does her character on Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency – a new show that premieres this Saturday on BBC America – Amanda. We sat down with the actress to talk shop, get her favorite New York restaurants, and hear how she feels about dating apps. Marks was refreshingly honest about her beauty and workout routines, letting us in on the secret to perfect brows and eyeliner. Read below for our interview with Marks, and spoiler alert: she hates working out, too….
From start to finish, what would be your ideal food day?
Breakfast: Scrambled eggs with ketchup, sourdough toast, and coffee really milked and sugared up. Lunch: My mama’s homemade vegetable soup, another coffee (shhh), and some fruit. Dinner: Penne pasta with chicken, vegetables, marinara, and parmesan. Snacks: Anything with peanut butter and an Insomnia cookie.
How do you practice beauty from the inside out?
Well, truth be told, I hate working out so much – like hate it, hate it. If I could live on a couch, I would. I’m trying to break my old habits though. I want to be stronger and healthier, so I’ve been kickboxing because it feels like a game instead of exercise. I feel the most beautiful when I write or when I hang out with my family.
What are your morning and nightly beauty routines?
Unless I’m going somewhere important, I try to not wear any make up. For my skin, I use Aveeno’s tinted moisturizer with SPF 30 and at night I wash my face with Neutrogena cleanser. When I do wear makeup, I like to go all out and rim my eyes with black liner so I feel like Joan Jett.
What was your favorite part of shooting Dirk Gently?
My favorite part of shooting Dirk Gently was getting to play my amazing character, Amanda. Max Landis is a terrific writer and never wrote her as a plot device; every episode she was a full person. And I felt really close with the cast. In the beginning, we had music lessons to learn some instruments — in my case, the drums. Elijah [Wood] is freakishly good at everything. And when we first got to Canada, we did an escape room together to bond. Unfortunately, we didn’t get out. We felt like total idiots for being on a detective show and not being able to solve any clues. We would also go to this bar in Vancouver called Storm Crow and watch Game of Thrones every week with about fifty strangers.
You play a former-rebellious punk; what would you say your actual style is?
My actual style is very similar to my character. I like to wear jeans and big t-shirts. Maybe next year that will change. Maybe next week. What I wear is constantly evolving depending on my mood. Right now, I’m in a Kathleen Hanna phase. I like wearing clothes that mean something to me, I have some high-tops with John Lennon and Red Hot Chili Pepper lyrics written all over them from when I was 14 that I still wear. It’s my way of putting art on my body without getting any tattoos.
What is a beauty mainstay that hasn’t changed since your teen years? Are there any beauty products you can’t live without?
Anastasia brow pencil to cover up the scar through my left eyebrow. I can’t stand it when my scar shows so I usually cover it up. I wish I had a cool story from how it happened, but I just slipped and fell on a table when I was a baby. I also have been using Buxom’s mascara for years.
What are your favorite cities for food? What restaurants do you go to in each?
NEW YORK, BABY! I’m obsessed with Supper, Hu Kitchen, Meatball Shop, Westville, and Milon. In Los Angeles, I really like Toi, Bricks and Scones, and Daichan. In Vancouver, my favorite thing ever is the lettuce wraps at Joey Burrard. I also love Ask For Luigi, which is an Italian place in a small house in Gastown.
Would you/do you use dating apps? Why or why not?
I don’t mind dating apps. It’s no weirder than going to a bar to meet someone. But it does feel a little strange to me that with most dating apps, you swipe right (or is it left?) on someone based on appearance first, since no one really reads or writes anything substantial on those profiles. You can justify it by saying people judge on looks all the time anyway, but something about the system could be a little less superficial. But who knows, maybe I’ll use one for real someday and find out that’s not the case. At the moment I’m not thinking about dating.
What are some of your go-to workouts?
So far, my workouts are whatever kind of machine I can semi figure out at the gym without looking like a wacky waving inflatable tube man outside of a car dealership.
What is always in your fridge? What is always in your pantry?
Leftovers are always in my fridge. I go out to eat a lot since my cooking skills = microwaving. My pantry is stocked with a lot of uneaten protein bars and a plethora of crackers.
How do you always start your day? What’s your go-to breakfast?
Fried egg on wheat toast. Eggs. Eggs. Eggs. Coffee.
What’s your perfect smoothie comprised of? Perfect salad?
Perfect smoothie? I can’t believe I’m saying this but kale with strawberry and banana. And as far as salads go, I don’t think anyone has ever seen me eat one. Except maybe a Chinese Chicken salad or a Caesar. Let’s pretend my taste buds are still developing.
Where do you love to travel? What won’t you travel without?
I love to go to New York as often as possible. For the last three years, I’ve been there almost as much as I’ve been in LA. It feels like the place I want to die. I like the romance of it. That might sound stupid, but I love Annie Hall and Manhattan, so what can you do? I try not to travel without my best friend/partner-in-crime Christina. I’d like to go to Tokyo one day, and go back to Berlin. Berlin is the shit.
In the same vein as what is the new black in fashion, what’s the new potato right now?
The New Potato is being unapologetically feminist.