1. So what are you up to right now?
I’ve just wrapped a music & travel show for Blip.tv called INDIE ACROSS AMERICA. I got to spend the summer traveling and hanging out with bands in cities all over the country, which is pretty much my idea of heaven. It should premiere any day now. Also been writing and producing some new shows for E. Otherwise, doing my usual thing: performing (The Friday Forty at LA’s NerdMelt Theater!), writing (Vulture!), and injuring myself (Crossfit!).
2. What would you say was your favorite moment on TRL?
Honestly, that whole show has melted into one giant wonderful memory for me. I mean, live television with a bunch of your closest friends and occasionally some huge celebrities? Every single day? And it’s never the same show twice? It was never anything less than a total joy, and I think I was at it for three full years before I stopped worrying that it was all a dream.
3. When you were cast in Fantastic Four did you ask if they would change it to Fantastic Five?
Too busy gawking at Chris Evans.
4. Without fear of judgement, what are your top five favorite movies of all time?
I do not fear judgment. The concept of “guilty pleasure” makes me furious. Like what you like, and if you feel strange about it, that’s on you. I say this as someone with the first Wilson Phillips CD in his car disc changer AT ALL TIMES. Anyway, I think Broadcast News is a perfect movie, and if I could ever write something half as good, I’d retire happy. Also love Metropolitan, Paris Is Burning, Role Models, and The Thin Man.
5. What’s the worst job you had before working in television?
I did some temping in between advertising jobs in New York, and all those jobs were pretty rough. Really mind-numbing clerical work for jerky investment-banker guys who were a year or two younger than me. Plus, the temp agency I booked jobs through was called “Mademoiselle,” so that was some solid daily emasculation.
6. What’s the strangest celebrity encounter you’ve ever had?
Okay, a few years ago, a friend of mine had a birthday party at a swanky club in Hollywood, the kind of place I normally stay out of. I ran into some folks there who I hadn’t seen in a while, and we grabbed a couple of chairs to sit down and catch up. And then this woman barked at us: “Put those f***ing chairs BACK.” We said “What?” She said: “Those chairs are part of MY TABLE.” The chairs were sort of near her table, I guess. She went on: “You’re in MY SECTION, and I’m going to f***ing ask you nicely ONCE to get the f**k OUT.” We said: “You just said the word F**K three times, so that doesn’t really count as asking nicely.” She said: “Well, that’s AS NICE AS I GET.” And it was at that moment that we all realized we were being yelled at by Shannen Doherty, and we roared with laughter, right in her face. What else can you do? (She was just working her personal brand. I get it.)
7. Are there any TV shows you’re keeping up with right now?
Right now, my boyfriend and I are right at the end of season 3 of Breaking Bad, so I have to look at the internet very carefully these days. Hoping to finish up in time to watch the finale with the rest of the world. It is great, as everyone else already knew. Other than that, American Ninja Warrior” and The Real World Challenge, and that’s kind of it, and I’m not kidding.
8. Do you have a go-to karaoke song besides R. Kelly’s “Ignition Remix”?
Jermaine Stewart’s “We Don’t Have To Take Our Clothes Off” is a crowd-pleaser.
9. Who are some of your favorite accounts on Twitter?
@mikeleffingwell, @alexjmann, @willhines, @imchriskelly, @merrillmarkoe and @antderosa. And of course @meganamram.
10. Who is someone you’ve met that is totally nice, that would surprise most people?
Shannen Doherty. Just kidding! Everyone is a monster.