Director Jonathan Levine

Director, screenwriter, producer…Jonathan Levine wears many hats. He directed 50/50 and The Wackness, wrote the script for Warm Bodies, and produced Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, among many other fan favorites. His latest work? Snatched with Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn (out today), which promises to be laugh-out-loud funny. We caught up with Jonathan to hear about his favorite food spots in New York and LA, his signature look, and the funniest things he heard Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn say on set. Read on for a laugh; it’s the perfect start to Mother’s Day weekend…


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

Breakfast would begin with a bagel and smoked salmon at Russ and Daughters Cafe in NYC, lunch at Parm in NYC, dinner at Bestia in LA (I call it ‘the carb crawl’).

Where do you like to go for a weekend brunch in New York? In LA?

Joseph Leonard in NYC and Little Doms in LA.

What’s your personal grooming regimen? What are five grooming products you can’t live without?

Oh man. I don’t think I have five…no product in my hair, so not that. Let’s see, I do enjoy my Molton Brown Black Peppercorn body wash. I use Polo cologne and Propecia, without which I would have no hair to not put product into.

Who serves the best coffee in NYC? 

In NYC, Brooklyn Roasting Company across from Steiner Studios, where I shot The Night Before.


What is your go-to outfit? 

Shorts, something Lacoste, and Nikes. It’s a look I call “sophisticated preschooler.”

Where do you workout?

I go to Modo Yoga.

What’s the biggest lesson you learned from your mom?

She taught me to believe in myself.

Who makes the perfect pair of jeans? Where do you buy most of your clothes?

I like my APC jeans. I buy my clothes at Individual Medley and Opening Ceremony in LA.


What’s your favorite bar in New York and in LA?

I like Bar Stella in LA and Welcome to the Johnsons in NYC.

If you were snatched, would you choose Goldie Hawn or Amy Schumer to rescue you? Why?

I’d choose both of them! They’d save me utilizing the very same blend of heart and hilarity you can find in our new movie!

What are your favorite cities for food? Where do you go in each?

Montreal is a favorite. I love Milos and Garde Manger. I also love the Salt Lick in Austin, Da Enzo and Antico Forno in Rome.

What would you get your mom for Mother’s Day?

I’d send flowers and set up an extensive FaceTime date with her grandson.


What’s the funniest thing you’ve ever heard Amy say? Goldie?

That is the hardest question. They both say funny stuff all day; we really never stopped laughing on set. Unfortunately, most of Amy’s stuff is unrepeatable here. I do remember one day on set, Goldie’s character was talking to her cat (named Andrew in the movie) and in between takes she sort of absentmindedly said, “Andrew, are you going to bring me my lemon or do I have to squeeze it from my hat?” in this inimitable lilt. Only myself and a few crew members heard it. I was like, “She’s doing Overboard!”

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

Probably Oculus Rift porn, but I’m sticking with good, old-fashioned cinema.

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