Hometown: Nashville, TN (by way of Louisiana)
9 to 5 (day job): Healthcare Communications / Magazine Editor/Writer
1. Write a short bio of your favorite musician/author/actor/etc. in 100 characters or less.
While it’s impossible to name one single favorite (I’m far too much of a pop culture carnivore for that), I thought it would be interesting to mention someone who is just firing on all cylinders right now and is having a moment in pop culture:
Margo Martindale – She can chill you to the bone in her role as a Russian spy in FX’s sorely underwatched and underrated The Americans. She (with some assist from Will Arnett) is carrying the CBS Thursday night comedy The Millers on her shoulders. And she’s set to stun film audiences opposite Meryl Streep in December’s Oscar hopeful August: Osage County. Margo Martindale is having a moment. The rest of us are just living in it.
2. What world city do you identify with?
New York. There are fewer places I feel more alive in than New York. The people, the neighborhoods, theatre, film, music. It’s all at the heart of New York.
3. Which pop culture icon is your spirit animal?
Will Truman and Grace Adler DID have a child together. That child was me.
4. If you could only listen/watch/read three things for the rest of your life, what would you choose (no mixing and matching – they all have to be in the same category)?
Well, I feel like TV has the most well-rounded repeatability, so let’s go with that.
Mad Men – one of the greatest dramas to ever grace the small screen, and so bursting with detail, meaning and fine-tuned characters that I could watch episodes again and again and make new discoveries and uncover more each time.
Friends – I need a comedy, I need one with lots of seasons, and I need one that’s like comfort food. Friends fits the bill on all fronts – each season, for me, is a treasure trove of great comedic situations, perfect timing, relatable characters and nostalgia.
The Golden Girls – Because almost 30 years later, it still feels fresh; and it will still be fresh in another 30. Because who doesn’t need four sassy grandmas in their life. I mean, really.
5. FMK: Mad Men trio
F: Don, of course.
M:Peggy – that girl is going places.
K: Ted – nobody puts Peggy in a corner.
6. What is your favorite celebrity quote and why does it resonate with you?
“It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.” – Walt Disney. It’s a very simple statement but it contains a world of inspiration and encouragement, and a reminder to not take yourself too seriously.
Now, where else can we find you?
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