- 73 Questions
- Season 1
- Episode 13
Gossip Girl Star Tavi Gevinson Answers Vogue’s 73 Questions
Tavi Gevinson takes Vogue through the set of the new Gossip Girl while she answers 73 rapid-fire questions.
Directed by Jams x Bash
Interviewed by Joe Sabia
DP: Alex Levin
Producers: Jordin Rocchi, Gabriela Tamariz
Associate Producer: Stef D'agostini
Production Manager: Emily Yates
Edit: Evan Allan
Color: Oliver Eid
Post Sound: Nick Cipriano at BANG Audio Post
Released on 06/28/2021
[Interviewer] Tavi, hey.
[Interviewer] I'm here to ask 73 questions.
[Interviewer] All right, let's get into it.
Can you tell us where we are?
Just out of Gossip Girl, if you wanna come in.
[Interviewer] Let's do it.
What's the best thing about being back on set?
Being around people.
[Interviewer] What do you do in between takes?
Apologize for literally anything.
[Interviewer] What's the strangest way
you've seen yourself described in print?
[Interviewer] Do you know where you fall
on the chaotic-neutral chart?
Probably like cool and beautiful.
[Interviewer] What's the most surprised you've ever been?
[Interviewer] When I woke up during jaw surgery.
[Interviewer] What's the most important vintage piece
that you ever bought?
Ha-ha, this vintage Prada skirt on eBay.
[Interviewer] Very nice.
What's the strongest reaction you've had to a fashion show?
A lot of Rodarte shows have made me cry.
[Interviewer] What was your philosophy
on getting dressed when you were 11?
More is more.
[Interviewer] What's your philosophy
on getting dressed today?
Enough is more.
[Interviewer] Okay, that's good.
How do you start to put an outfit together?
[Tavi] Choose one thing that I'm excited about
and go from there.
[Interviewer] You were only 11 when you started your blog.
How did you come up with the name Style Rookie?
I read fashion blogs with names
like Style Bubble, Fashion Robot, Fashion Pirate.
So I just kind of copied that construction
and was like, I don't know anything, so rookie.
[Interviewer] You wrote about wearing bags as hats
and hangers as necklaces.
What's the most absurd object you used for an outfit?
Coat hanger as a necklace was a lot and dangerous,
but I wore like a lot of tights as belts.
[Interviewer] What was the moment that you knew
there was no turning back?
[Interviewer] What was the most beautiful
piece of fan mail that you ever got?
I actually have it right here.
It's a jacket inspired by the book
The Secret History by Donna Tartt
and this woman Stephanie made it for me
because she knew I loved the book.
It's crazy, like, she made all of this
and her website is godsavethemisanthropes.com.
[Interviewer] It's really cool.
Now, you were 15 when you started
the online teen magazine Rookie.
What's your favorite article
that was ever posted on the site?
How to structure your days if you're depressed.
[Interviewer] And what was your favorite piece
that you wrote?
It was really sad, but my goodbye letter
I'm probably proudest of.
[Interviewer] What is the worst thing about the internet?
[Interviewer] What's the best?
My community of flat Earthers.
[Interviewer] What was the most surprising thing
about editing a magazine?
That I could do it.
[Interviewer] What does the world need to know
about teenage girls?
Leave them alone.
[Interviewer] What independent publications
would you recommend to former Rookie readers?
Polyester Zine, gal-dem, Another Gaze journal.
[Interviewer] Now Tavi, do you still write every day?
I try to.
[Interviewer] What is your go-to cure for writer's block?
Write it as an email to a friend.
[Woman In Mask] Oh, we need you on set in 49 questions.
[Tavi] Oh, sure, yeah.
[Interviewer] So do you keep your phone next to you
while you're working?
No, I lock it in a case safe.
[Interviewer] And what question keeps you up all night?
Have I been building a house of cards?
And I don't mean a hit Netflix show.
[Interviewer] And what was the first play
that you were ever in?
[Interviewer] I love Oliver.
And who did you play in Oliver?
An orphan/Fagin's boy. I was eight.
[Interviewer] Ah, buzzsaw.
What was your favorite musical as a kid?
[Interviewer] And what's your dream role in a play?
[Interviewer] Can you do one of the lines
for me right now?
Life is like a box of chocolates.
[Interviewer] Now, Broadway's been closed for a year.
What's the best thing people can do
to support the theater right now?
Donate to The Actors Fund.
[Interviewer] What's the biggest difference
between performing in a theater versus on camera?
Cameras steal your soul.
[Interviewer] What's the craziest
stage door experience you've had?
I did the play This Is Our Youth,
which has literally three people in it,
and I was signing Playbills at the stage door
and I reached for one woman's and she was like, Um, no.
[Interviewer] What's one movie
that every teenage girl should watch?
Teenage by Matt Wolf. And now we're at the high school.
[Interviewer] And what would the one-act play
about your life thus far be called?
Fleabag, and it is all plagiarized.
[Interviewer] What would you be
if you had a different career?
A stage mom.
[Interviewer] A lot about the show is under wraps,
but are you Gossip Girl?
[Interviewer] What can you tell me about your character?
She's ambitious and looks like me.
[Interviewer] So if she's not Gossip Girl, who is?
There's a chance any of them are Gossip Girl.
[Interviewer] Would you rather have
Blair or Serena's closet?
[Interviewer] What can you say
will be different about this Gossip Girl?
The children have Instagram.
[Interviewer] How has your life changed
since the show started?
I can no longer sign emails xoxo.
[Interviewer] Who would you say
is the real-life Gossip Girl?
[Interviewer] And what's your favorite quote?
[Tavi] Get informed, inspired, in touch, and involved.
[Interviewer] Music or podcasts when you're on a walk?
[Interviewer] What's the best thing
about living in New York?
[Interviewer] Okay, now what New Yorker,
real or fictional, would you most like
to spend the day with?
[Interviewer] And what would you do?
Try to get her to like me.
[Interviewer] What's the biggest misconception
about New York?
That the people are mean.
[Interviewer] How would you describe a true new Yorker?
Would not dare. They would hate that.
[Interviewer] Has acting made you a better writer?
[Interviewer] Has writing made you a better actor?
[Interviewer] How do you stay focused
between all your creative projects?
[Interviewer] And what would you say to someone
struggling to get inspired?
Take the pressure off yourself. Go take a nap.
[Interviewer] What's the last great novel you read?
It's right here, in fact.
No One Is Talking About This by Patricia Lockwood.
[Interviewer] What's the last great memoir you read?
The Ugly Cry by Danielle Henderson.
[Interviewer] Last great romance novel?
Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins by Eric Kimmel.
[Interviewer] Who's a writer who's pieces you always read?
Sally Wen Mao.
[Interviewer] Okay, Tavi.
What is your pitch for Shark Tank?
Okay, it's a undertaking business
only for actors called Last Looks.
It's not a lot of utility, but it's a pun.
[Interviewer] I saw that you deleted Instagram
off of your phone.
What app would you say that you use the most instead?
Venmo? Just judging people.
[Interviewer] What does a healthy relationship
with social media look like?
[Tavi] Throwing your phone in the ocean.
[Interviewer] What's the most
overused phrase on the internet?
[Interviewer] What's the nicest compliment
you've ever received?
That my dog and I look alike.
And what have we here? What a coincidence, wow.
[Interviewer] What's going on here?
This is a candle of my face by the artist Janie Korn.
[Interviewer] Wow, it does kind of resemble you.
Coffee or tea?
Coffee. Saturday or Sunday?
Sunday. Favorite word?
[Interviewer] Favorite Olivia Rodrigo song?
[Interviewer] What's the best place to bring a friend
visiting New York for the first time ever?
The Roosevelt Island Tramway has the cheapest view.
[Interviewer] What's your go-to karaoke song?
Light My Candle from Rent, both parts.
[Interviewer] So after Gossip Girl, what's next for you?
Let's see. Let's find out.
What card are we gonna get here?
There's no way around that one, huh?
[Interviewer] Oh, the death card.
And where are you happiest?
[Interviewer] Tavi, we did it.
That was question number 73. We're done.
[Interviewer] Blow out that candle. Yep.
Ah, you got it. Thanks, Tavi.
Featuring: Tavi Gevinson
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