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High 5: Mae Whitman

What’s been keeping the actor happy at home in Los Angeles.

Illustration by Marjainez Photo credit: WENN

Collage by Marjainez, using a photo by Anahi Gloria Estefan. All illustrations below by Marjainez.

Mae Whitman is pretty busy being a hilarious, thoughtful, and ass-kicking actor, but she took some time to tell us what’s been cheering her up lately.


Zrzut ekranu 2013-09-26 o 15.08.511. Korean spas. Korean spas are actually my favorite thing in the world. I’m not sure what could possibly be better than soaking naked in tea, plunging into icy waters like a salmon, getting your dead skin scrubbed off, and being massaged with milk, honey, and, most of all, love. After my dirtiest, most shameful nights, I go to a Korean spa, scrub the pain away, and walk out a new man.

Zrzut ekranu 2013-09-26 o 14.02.142. Gold chains. Even though I never wore much jewelry growing up, I was always a silver kind of girl. Something switched around 2010, though, and I started GOING FOR THE GOLD. This was largely due the fact that my best friend, Miles, wears super-cool gold chains all the time. I’ve actually stolen one of his chains, and our family sect on Parenthood has a “chain gang” now. They are so sparkly and delicate, and they make me feel like a damn prince!

Zrzut ekranu 2013-09-26 o 13.45.143. Driving while listening to loud music. I grew up in Los Angeles, so driving has always been a big part of my life. I spend most of my adult life sitting in traffic, so I had to adopt a new attitude about it. I just got a new hybrid car that I love, and it’s helped me turn those millions of usually wasted hours into zen think-y time! I love wind on skin and sun and night air, so I am basically always riding around top down, a$$ up. The new car has great sound system, so I guess if you see what looks to be the coolest girl you’ve ever seen cruising around the Eastside, it will most likely be me.

Zrzut ekranu 2013-09-26 o 15.05.394. Snackin’. You’d be hard-pressed to find a moment when I’m not thinking about food. Snackin’ is the best. I dream about certain foods I want to eat, then I wake up and immediately drive to the restaurant that makes it. I eat so much that an ex-boyfriend of mine sincerely asked if I had a tapeworm. Life is for living, and food is for stuffing in my face at an alarming rate. Current faves: sushi, burritos, green juice, my friend Jane’s homemade muesli, and scotch and sodas.

Zrzut ekranu 2013-09-26 o 14.56.545. Shorts with boots. I dress for comfort—you’ll rarely find me in anything that I couldn’t wear to a spontaneous stretching party. Every time I leave my house I have this overwhelming fear, like, What if today is the day it all goes to shit—the big apocalypse? Do I really want to be wearing a miniskirt and espadrilles as I clod through the forest, fighting off zombies? No. Not worth it. I welcome the elements on my skin (established in factoid #3), so you’ll usually find me in jean shorts, cutoff overalls, or Rachel Antonoff track shorts with my weird one-of-a-kind canvas work boots that I got from a special shop in the Bay Area. PLAN FOR THE WORST, BROS. You’ll thank me when you’re elected leader of your post-societal outlaw gang, simply because people respect your thoughtful choice of footwear.

B-B-B-Bonus Round: Crosswords. I’m so sorry—I couldn’t resist. You will almost never find me without a crossword puzzle on my person. Half-finished Sundays are littered all around various places in my life like wordy security blankets. I get anxious if I don’t have daily access to the New York Times, so I ask my friend to buy one and text a picture to me! I’m not a fan of physical exercise, so crosswords feel like a good way for me to at least keep up a mental workout. ♦

42 Comments

  • Julianne September 26th, 2013 3:09 PM

    <3 U MAE

  • ninesbadwolf September 26th, 2013 3:11 PM

    I was literally just talking about Mae Whitman today in class.
    And also, her?

  • elliecp September 26th, 2013 3:28 PM

    Loud music in cars = heaven (watch out when you’re in traffic though….I forget people outside he car can hear my screaming)
    <3

    http://roseandvintage.blogspot.com/

  • soviet_kitsch September 26th, 2013 3:31 PM

    real talk: the guy i got my first kiss from told me i reminded him of ann veal. i choose to take this as a compliment
    (and also jesus h i love mae whitman i mean seriously can we eat falafel together every day)

  • IAmBowieCakes September 26th, 2013 3:36 PM

    Love this! Also, myself and a fellow ~rookie~ are thinking about organising a San Franciso Rookie Meetup for all us Bay Area ~rookies~, so contact me at flowers-books-and-the-moon.tumblr.com if you’re interested!!!

  • Jaime September 26th, 2013 3:43 PM

    I remember watching State of Grace with her and Alia Shawkat before they were both on Arrested Development. They are both my age, so I feel like I kind of grew up with them. I’m glad they’re among the rare child stars who seem to consistently kick ass into adulthood.

  • heyitsmallory September 26th, 2013 3:56 PM

    My childhood nickname was Tapeworm. I feel you on the snackin’, girl.

  • GlitterKitty September 26th, 2013 3:57 PM

    Snacking is great. And Mae Whitman is seriously awesome. And Scott Pilgrim is one of my favourite movies so it just all works out very well.

  • Ana September 26th, 2013 4:18 PM

    AHH I love Mae!! ♥

  • Ting September 26th, 2013 4:31 PM

    Man, I run the shorts and boots track all. day. long. You always look cute, and you’re always prepared for action! Glad to know someone who seems pretty awesome agrees with me!
    http://www.meadowinferno.blogspot.com

  • soretudaaa September 26th, 2013 4:31 PM

    lololol the last two are literally me <3

  • LilyB September 26th, 2013 4:35 PM

    ANNE

  • spudzine September 26th, 2013 4:59 PM

    It wasn’t until this High-5 that I realized just how amazing Mae Whitman truly is. I mean, I knew she was amazing based on how well she played her movie roles, but I didn’t ever think she was THIS amazing. Not to say that I didn’t think she could reach this level of awesome-sauce, but I didn’t think anyone on this planet could reach this level of coolness. Also, I must try to go to a Korean spa. The way Mae described it makes it seem divine.

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  • streaked lights September 26th, 2013 5:08 PM

    …Her?

    Mae Whitman is freaking amazing, and I’m so glad you interviewed her, she seems like an awesome person to hang out with.

    http://www.anooshadraws.blogspot.com

  • Fee September 26th, 2013 5:08 PM

    I love this kind of article, I hope there’ll be more soon!

    http://contraluna.blogspot.com/

  • nerual September 26th, 2013 5:29 PM

    YES Thank you based god !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • intergalactic fork September 26th, 2013 5:31 PM

    oh my gosh its ann? anne? from arrested development! i havent seen her since that show ended, she looks so different!

    http://veesecretstyle.blogspot.com/

  • mollywobbles September 26th, 2013 5:44 PM

    WATER TRIBE REPRESENT!

  • kathryn-s September 26th, 2013 6:11 PM

    I’m obsessed with her and Rachel Antonoff’s vines of each other!

  • Jes September 26th, 2013 6:25 PM

    I don’t know Mae Whitman but after reading this I think that she is awesome.

    It’s interesting that in this article she referred to herself as a “new man,” feeling “like a prince,” and to Rookie readers as “bros.”

  • Manda September 26th, 2013 7:00 PM

    Mae Whitman for “ask a grown woman” and/or interview pleaseeeeeee?
    (^ my persuasive powers at work)

    • Princess Mononoke September 26th, 2013 10:31 PM

      YES! THIS!

    • Hayley G. September 27th, 2013 8:56 AM

      YES, PLEASE! Do it, Mae!!!

  • tasmia September 26th, 2013 7:24 PM

    Omg when i found out that the mae whitman of perks and the voice actor for katara of avatar the last airbender i died fangirling. and i’m dead fangirling again.

  • cherrycola27 September 26th, 2013 8:39 PM

    Oh man I love her! There was a time like six months ago when I decided I was gonna cut my hair short like her, but I’m too chicken :/ But she’s adorable and funny and I love Parenthood!

  • kendallkh September 26th, 2013 9:27 PM

    “sushi, burritos, green juice” basically sums me up. also i want to try a korean spa so bad now!!

  • loonylizzy September 26th, 2013 9:41 PM

    love me some mae whitman :)

    http://www.theflightoftheflamingo.blogspot.com

  • Princess Mononoke September 26th, 2013 10:30 PM

    Thank you sooooo much rookie, I love Mae Whitman! She’s da bomb! Everything that she’s done is just fantabolous! Love her!

  • theseafarer September 26th, 2013 11:09 PM

    I’d like to hear more about these boots… especially since I’m from the Bay Area.

  • missread September 26th, 2013 11:58 PM

    What, is she funny or something? JK LOVE YOU MAE <3

  • LilyB September 27th, 2013 12:24 AM

    Alia Shawkat should do something!

  • emilykiyoko September 27th, 2013 1:52 AM

    Hey Mae! It’s Emily H. Me and Manami are watching Parenthood as I type this. Lol I’m glad you’ve finally written something for rookie!

  • Azja September 27th, 2013 3:50 AM

    ツツツ

  • Hayley G. September 27th, 2013 8:57 AM

    High five Mae for being awesome at life!

  • Mrs.BertieWooster September 27th, 2013 1:02 PM

    Isn´t Mae’s favorite snack a mayonegg? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tO1k2Y3o-iM

  • pizzaface September 27th, 2013 4:13 PM

    hahaha loved this article!

  • Sophii September 27th, 2013 6:23 PM

    The Korean Spa sounds so lovely. I will wear shorts and boots more often. Snacking is the best. Driving to loud music is the literal best. I love Mae xoxo

    http://prettypassionsfinefashions.blogspot.co.uk

    http://sophiewilsonsbooks.blogspot.co.uk

  • Alex S. September 27th, 2013 11:23 PM

    Me oh my Mae <3 I love this new segment!

    Also you can't have High 5 without thinking of One Direction right?? Five boys, five fun facts, probably awesome at giving real high fives???! It's practically fate

  • taste test September 28th, 2013 12:51 AM

    “Life is for living, and food is for stuffing in my face at an alarming rate.”

    I think I just found my new motto.