Lizzy Caplan Wants To Have Dinner With Joe Pesci

Photographed by Danielle Kosann

Lizzy Caplan, the star of Hulu’s Castle Rock, on an International ideal food day, the power of E.T., and Universal Healthcare…

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

This will require a fair amount of travel, but well worth it, I promise. I’d start with an egg sandwich (bap) with avocado and mushrooms from Lizzy’s on the Green, the cutest cafe in my neighborhood in London, followed immediately by coffee(s) and whatever daily pastries the good people at Jolene (another local London neighborhood spot) are serving up that day. Then for lunch, fly to Italy for the club sandwich at Hotel Cipriani. I suppose it would then make sense to stay in Italy and hit up the famiy-run Trattoria da Lorenzo in Scala for a bit of literally anything Mama is making in that kitchen for dinner, preferably topped with the greatest red sauce I’ve ever had in my life. Then back on the plane to Los Angeles, crossing time zones, thereby allowing for a second dinner at Jitlada Thai. Crying tiger beef, pad see ew, crispy catfish salad and probably much more, all prepared ‘jitlada spicy’. One final midnight snack of Trader Joe’s frozen soup dumplings, and then time to hibernate for a full 2 years.

How do you practice beauty from the inside out?

After trying endless products over the years, I realize the things that have the most impact on how I look are how much I’ve slept, and how much water I’ve had to drink before I’ve slept. I also really believe the amount I’ve laughed each day directly correlates to how old/young I look. I love a Joanna Vargas facial. Yes, she’s got all the best gizmos and makes insanely great products, but she also cracks my ass up—not sure which has more of an effect.

What were you always insecure about growing up, and how did you overcome it?

I was a late bloomer, scrawny and super flat-chested. I was called ‘flat as a board’ more than once. I didn’t so much overcome it as impatiently wait for puberty. In an ironic twist, Senorita Flat as a Board, ended up on a show called Masters Of Sex — my boobs basically bought my house.

How do you always start your day?

I send my husband (who always wakes up hours before I do) an emoji of a cup of coffee, with an additional prayer hands or an eggplant emoji, and then he brings me coffee in bed and I feel like a very lucky princess.

What movie had the biggest effect on you and why? 

This is an impossible question. I’ve whittled it down to Terms Of Endearment and E.T.. They taught me that epic performances can make a grounded, understated story feel expansive and huge, and a massive sci-fi epic feel personal, familiar and like it could happen to me. 

Who would you like to collaborate with that you haven’t yet?

Another impossible question! The list is so long. Quentin Tarantino before he retires. The Coen Brothers, preferably alongside Frances McDormand. Anything with Frances McD, actually. Greta Gerwig, Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Anything Jeremy O. Harris does next. The list is truly endless. 

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

The worst? Being obtusely flirtatious with film executives and people in positions of power is just ‘part of the game’.

The best? That the above advice is utter nonsense. That, and not to compare my insides with other people’s outsides.

Is there an issue right now you’re most passionate about? What is it and why?

Because I live half my life in England, the lack of universal health care in America feels especially jarring. Nobody should have to weigh up the financial pros and cons before deciding to call an ambulance when they need one. A cancer diagnosis is terrifying enough, it should not be coupled with the spectre of insurmountable debt. Pre-and post-natal care, as well as resources for new mothers should be a universal right. It just feels like the human, decent thing to do.

If you could host a dinner party with any five people living or dead, who would be there and why?

My mother, because she passed away many years ago, and boy do I have a lot to catch her up on. I would give anything to pick Virginia Johnson’s brain for a few hours. Michelle Obama seems like she’s full of great advice and Bette Davis would have the wildest ever stories. And of course, Joe Pesci.  

If you could put a quote on a tee shirt to sum up your current mood and mode, what would it be?

Don’t Have a Cow, Man. 

Lizzy Caplan, photographed at The NEW YORK Edition 

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