Tiffany Haddish bought a microscope & she’s obsessed with looking at germs

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Tiffany Haddish, Salma Hayek and Rose Byrne cover the January issue of InStyle to promote Like a Boss, their lady-comedy about business and friendship. Rose and Tiffany play best friends who started a makeup company together, and Salma is the makeup conglomerate boss who steals their ideas and tries to break up their friendship (and business). InStyle gave them one cover together, then they each got separate individual covers. This post is devoted to Tiffany’s interview! Tiffany seemed to know that she was getting slightly overexposed, because it felt like she’s been trying to be a bit more low-key in recent months. She’s the same old Tiff though – funny as hell and very interesting. You can see the InStyle cover package here. Some highlights:

She invited Rose on a “first date” to get to know her so they could pretend to be BFFs: “We hung out for four hours. We’re sitting, we’re drinking, we’re eating, we’re laughing. Having so much fun. We just instantly connected. I was like, ‘Girl, I think we should walk down the street and see a psychic to see if we were sisters or cousins in a past life.’”

Her idea of a boss: “Oprah. Jennifer Aniston. Ellen. Melinda Gates. Dave Chappelle. David Letterman … To me, they’re bosses. They have companies going, but they also use their positions to help others.”

Her Netflix special Black Mitzvah: Haddish started studying the Torah after learning as a teen that her father was an Eritrean Jew. As soon as we finish our talk, her rabbi, Susan Silverman (sister of Sarah), is coming to meet her at the hotel for a Hebrew lesson. Haddish was throwing herself a bat mitzvah on her birthday too, so she was feeling the pressure to perfect her delivery. “It’s hard — harder than Japanese!” she says. “But I’m getting it. I’m getting it.”

She always wanted a bat mitzvah: “I wanted that. I wanted to dance with my dad and have my mom light a candle with me.”

When she got out of debt, the first thing she bought was a microscope: Haddish says she’s always been interested in science, in discovering what’s happening on a microbial level. When she first got her microscope, she says, she stayed up for three days straight looking at samples of everything. When she had a date over to her house, she’d offer him something to drink, and the moment he went home, she’d stealthily swab the cup he’d used to check out the bacteria inside his mouth. “I like to look at germs. Put them in the refrigerator and see how they act, put them in the sun … I look at all the juices. I had to move my lab to my bedroom once my grandma and brother moved into my house. And I have a section in the refrigerator with a note that says, ‘Do not touch anything in this drawer!’”

[From InStyle]

I’ll say it: the microscope stuff freaks me out. She even talked about wanting a “travel microscope” so she can look at germs while she’s traveling for work. I get that it’s all science and some people are just like that, they can watch graphic medical shows and “here are millions of germs” docu-series. I’m not like that. Medical shows make me sick to my stomach. The idea of looking at the bacteria some dude left on his cup is disgusting to me! As for the rest of it… it’s really cool that she’s studying Hebrew, and she talks about studying the Torah with her rabbi, who happens to be Sarah Silverman’s sister. Tiffany is such a strange and magical person.

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Covers courtesy of InStyle.

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  1. SM says:

    I am recent to the Tiff fanclub, I mean I have never heard the word Chernobyl said with so much enthusiasm in my life, as delivered by her at the GG. But I am totally on board, she has so much positive energy, it’s insane. I love her

    • Lou says:

      I love that she’s not a jaded celeb, she still is enthusiastic about what she’s doing—it makes her fun to follow. This interview was amazing too, the microscope thing is quirky as hell lol

      • lucy2 says:

        Some people manage to retain their “regular person in a celebrity world” personality, and she is one of them. And she’s having a good time with it, which is fun to watch.
        I want to see this movie, it looks silly funny.

    • manda says:

      Oh, I totally agree, she seems like such a fun person, and this science stuff is interesting. I really like her too

  2. naomipaige says:

    i can”t put my finger on it, but there is just something about her that irritates the f**k out of me

    • fatladysinging says:

      A lot of my friends feel this way. But I think a fair discussion of why requires too much historical nuance and understanding for a gossip site. But yeah, you’re not the only one.

  3. Naddie says:

    If I could afford a microscope I’d do the same, then I’d examine my family to compare us all, no joke.

  4. Léna says:

    The cover where they are all together is so strange. They would look fine separately but somehow on this picture they are looking in different directions? So strange

  5. fatladysinging says:

    “Oprah. Jennifer Aniston. Ellen. Melinda Gates. Dave Chappelle. David Letterman … To me, they’re bosses. They have companies going, but they also use their positions to help others.”

    Let’s read between the lines and notice who she pointedly left out: Mr. Tyler “anti-union” Perry! Just a note to all you folks who refuse to see that man’s misogynoir problem. The one who was bragging like a baby online the other day about how awesome he is for NOT hiring people.

    • Flamingo says:

      She loves Tyler and Tyler loves her. When she kept talking about how much she would love a Tesla, but was afraid to spend any of her new money, Tyler bought her one. There are several interviews where they gush about each other.

      • fatladysinging says:

        He may love her, and she may love him — but she still didn’t list him among the good “bosses” who use their positions to help others.

        As far as her fawning over people? That’s what she does. It’s part of her post-modern-minstrel brand. And really, I’m not knocking her. I’m damn near as neutral as it gets when it comes to Tiffany Haddish.

  6. ChillyWilly says:

    “Tiffany is such a strange and magical person.”
    Oh man, she really is! I enjoy her so much. That’s a beautiful photo of her too.
    Also, I had no idea SS’s sister is a rabbi!

  7. Nibbi says:

    I absolutely adore her. Best new celebrity I’ve discovered in a long, long time. I love her energy and wackiness. I love her rags-to-riches story. I love her humor and honesty. And I DIG her germ thing… I kinda want to get a microscope already and this might push me over the edge. It’s not so much germs as the bigger bugs… the little creatures that swim around in pond and puddle water, that sort of thing. Those “water bears.”
    The other two ladies in this flick are fine, but Tiff is 1000% more interesting. Seeing her on the cover of InStyle makes me so happy.

  8. Cindy says:

    I don’t really care about Tiffany Haddish but I’m following suit to another comment I read here and just say I’m 100% supportive of any stories not related to Meghan & Harry.

  9. Kate says:

    Wow that is a gorgeous cover photo of her. I admire her curiosity and seemingly endless energy!

  10. ME says:

    I think she’s doing a really good job on Kids Say the Darndest Things. She’s naturally funny and has a great personality.