Actress Abby Elliott

Have you seen Abby Elliott on Odd Mom Out, Potatoheads? She’s one of our favorite funny women (not to mention that she is incredibly stunning and as hilarious in person as she is on TV). We love Elliott’s honest approach to mental health, advice to her younger self, and totally empathize with her biggest vice (spoiler: it involves wine and a computer). Wondering what always makes her laugh and how she’d spend an ideal food day in NYC? Read below, and don’t forget to catch the show’s third season on Wednesdays at 10 PM; consider this your Monday pick-me-up…

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

I love some truly horrific, disgusting foods that leave you feeling like there’s a brick in your stomach for days. So ideally, I’d try not to pollute my body with those, and would succumb to being a Greenwich Village health yuppy. I start my day with a banana and almond protein shake (I love Vega vanilla protein) blended in a Nutribullet and an espresso. For lunch, I’d do the vegan falafel hummus wrap from Juice Press with a tangerine La Croix, and for dinner, I love the Branzino with a side of greens from Quality Eats with a really good red wine. My husband and I always ask the sommelier for something spicy because it sounds like we know what we’re talking about.

How do you practice beauty from the inside out?

I definitely buy into a lot of trends. I always have. I recently bought the Moon Juice and Sun Potion dusts, which I’ll put in a shake in the morning. I’m an anxious person so I’m always on the hunt for nature’s Xanax. I’ve found reishi mushroom to be good for that. Exercise always calms me down. Pilates is my moon and stars. It’s changed my balance and stamina. I try not to eat a lot of meat because I’m so against the way animals are mistreated on farms. It’s important to know where it comes from.

What are the three things that always make you laugh?

  1. My dog, George and his obsession with all things stinky (socks, mainly)
  2. When contestants step out of the limo on the Bachelor/ette. Always cringeworthy!
  3. Lucille Ball

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How do you always start your day? What’s your go-to breakfast?

I always start my day with 3 shots of espresso. My husband will bring it to me while I’m still asleep, so it’s on my nightstand when I wake up. I think I actually drink it with my eyes still closed. Then, I ice my face with the ice roller while drinking a protein shake or eating cottage cheese.

What are your morning and nightly beauty routines? 

After I ice roll, I wash my face with Biologique LAIT VIP 02 and follow that with the P50 lotion. Then, I’ll use Eucerin Daily Protective lotion.  I usually don’t wear makeup when I’m not working, but if I do it’s By Terry Mascara Terrybly and Juice Beauty Stem Cellular CC Cream.

At night, I’ll take my make up off with Bioderma or Jojoba oil and then smother my face with aloe gel and use the NuFace, which is a micro current device. After that, I’ll use the P50 and a thick face cream, either La Mer or Biologique Creme MSR-H. Then, I’ll top that with RMS oil. It’s a lot, but I’m OCD about it, and I still want more.

Who’s someone you haven’t worked with, that you’d still like to work with and why?

I would love to work with Ryan Murphy. I think he is a genius and has such a specific creative vision. I love American Horror Story and Feud: Bette & Joan.

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What are some Times Square haunts for eating and drinking we don’t know about but should?

You can’t beat Carmine’s. I think Sushi of Gari is the best sushi in NYC. They have a location on 46th Street. Don’t miss the salmon sushi with tomato.

What advice would you give to girls looking to enter the acting industry? Comedy?

Time is going to go by no matter what, it’s up to you to make the most of each moment. I always tell myself that before I perform.

What are your pre and post shoot/show routines? Any odd ones? 

I usually obsessively memorize my lines in my trailer. I drink hot water with lemon and ice my face. I chug water before I go to set because I usually forget to when I’m shooting. After I’m done, it’s wine. I keep some in the trailer to decompress as soon as I get back. Then, I wipe down my face with a steaming hot washcloth from the hair and makeup trailer and watch some mindless TV to clear my head.

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What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? The funniest?

Lorne Michaels told me after I had a bad experience on a project once, “You’re going to get knocked down. But you have to get back up again.” This hit home for me, until I realized he was quoting Chumbawamba.

What’s always in your bag on set?

I always bring Emergen-c with me, as well as Shiseido Benefiance eye patches. My dog George is a 5 pound yorkie-poo; he also fits in my bag.

Who was your favorite host on SNL? Why?

I loved working with amazingly talented women who are around my age, such as Emma Stone. Emma is an example of how being strong and fearless and unapologetic can lead to such great things. She never holds back, which is admirable.

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What are your vices?

My vices are wine and online shopping, especially at the same time.

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

There are so many. I love Paris for food: Brasserie Thoumieux, L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon, the restaurant at Hotel Amour, and of course Les Deux Magots.  I love Nashville so much for food too: Husk, Hattie B’s Fried Chicken, City House. And of course NYC: Casa Apicii, Quality Eats, 11 Madison Park.

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What one issue are you particularly passionate about right now? Why?

We need to erase the stigma behind mental health. We need to be brave and take care of not only our bodies, but also our minds. I’m very proud to say I’ve been on and off anti-depressants for almost a decade now. It has gotten me through some very difficult times. If you need help, please seek it. 

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

Cable. They’re taking chances in comedy and making huge strides towards unique, feminist programming.

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Read our interview with Alison Brie or watch this funny yoga video!

*Abby Elliott, photographed in New York, NY by Danielle Kosann. Abby wears a Tanya Taylor dress.