Lauren Lapkus was on Jimmy Kimmel Live last week, which is continuing in Jimmy’s absence with guest hosts. David Spade was the host and he just costarred with Lauren in The Wrong Missy on Netflix. That was the number one show for a while and had 58 million viewers. I know I said I would watch it, but I didn’t, I’m sorry! It just looked too cringey and I’m not into that type of humor lately. I like watching Lauren’s interviews though because she talks about the little moments in quarantine that we can relate to, like playing Animal Crossing incessantly and cheating in Zoom workouts.
In this interview, she told David that she collects these adorable dolls I wasn’t familiar with, they’re called Sonny Angel dolls. She showed him her collection and said that she used to have a rule that she could only buy them when they saw them randomly in the store. Since lockdown she’s been getting them online. This makes me want to collect something besides skincare and makeup products. Lauren also said something else I could relate to – that she had to watch all of the Star Wars movies and now Lord of the Rings for her podcast with Nicole Byer, The Newcomers. She acted like this was a real hardship, which I completely understand but try not to frame that way because it’s inconsiderate of people who have regular jobs with bosses and/or customers and real life annoying sh-t to deal with.
I do a podcast with Nicole Byer. The first season we watched Star Wars for the first time we’d never seen it. Now for the second season we’re watching Lord of the Rings for the first time. Every single thing we’ve had to watch is at least three hours and it’s really hard.
I feel like it’s hard to avoid Star Wars for your entire life. Now I’ve seen every single thing that Star Wars has ever made so I’m very educated. I’ve seen the cartoons, the holiday special that George Lucas tried to erase, the ewok specials, I’ve seen everything.
We’re watching all of those [LOTR] movies now, they’re all like 3 to 4 hours long. The biggest complaint from LOTR fans is that we’re not watching the extended cut. They’re like ‘you have to see the fourth hour.’
[Next] we’re going to get pushed into doing some sort of [show] that we’ve avoided, some sort of fantasy thing. There’s such a fandom. They wants us to keep going with this sort of stuff. They’re obsessed.
I’m not really into Star Wars or Lord of The Rings either, but I enjoy those movies and will watch them in the theater. Don’t ask me to remember the plot points though, I kind of let them wash over me. Whenever I think “the trolls are bad today” or “I have to stay up late to watch the VMAs” I try to check myself and realize how lucky I have it. Lately I’ve watched a few shows I haven’t liked for our Celebitchy Zoom meetups, because I want to at least give them a chance. (Why do you guys like Teenage Bounty Hunters?! That was painful.) However again it’s not like I have to keep customers happy, answer to a demanding boss (I’m the demanding boss), commute somewhere or even read a whole book I don’t like. This job is cake! I still would like to complain about it though, and Lauren Lapkus is giving me life. Don’t make me watch another sh-tty Netflix original though! That includes The Wrong Missy, but if some of you liked it and would like to sell me on it I’m open to that. Also I know a lot of you listen to Lauren and Nicole’s podcast. Maybe I’ll give that a try too.
Here’s that interview!