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. ♦


  • 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)

  • 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 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!

  • soretudaaa September 26th, 2013 4:31 PM

    lololol the last two are literally me <3

  • LilyB September 26th, 2013 4:35 PM


  • 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.

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


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

  • Fee September 26th, 2013 5:08 PM

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

  • 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!

  • mollywobbles September 26th, 2013 5:44 PM


  • 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 :)

  • 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


  • 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?

  • 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

  • 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.