So here it is – my first podcast!!!
And I couldn’t be happier to open the series with Emily Mortimer and Dolly Wells. As I’ve shared, since discovering their HBO show I have been a bit obsessed with their sense of humor (which is often delightfully self-deprecating) – and they did not disappoint!
My idea for this podcast is to have authentic and open conversations with people who inspire me. Each week we’ll explore a theme that I hold close to my heart.
Let’s start today with friendship. Doll and Em have known each other forever, are both brits living in New York, and they even sort of married their creative lives… They have a lot to say about it!
The podcasts are about an hour long (that’s the wonderful thing about podcasts – we can take the time to really listen to what people have to say!) – and we’ll publish excerpts here too.
You can listen to Pardon My French here or download it on iTunes to take it with you anywhere you go. I hope you like it… Big kiss!
Doll & Em cover the real topics…
On never bitching (unless it’s to each other)
Dolly: We talk to each other instead of bitching to somebody else.
On how to shut down the “what do you do?” question
Emily: I went to some party in the Hollywood Hills and I was wandering around on my own. I started talking to this guy at the bar and he asked: what do you do? But to me, because I’m English, it’s too mortifying to be at a Hollywood party and say I’m an actress… I couldn’t bare to say it! It was just such a cliché, so I said I’m an actress but not a very good one, and he just walked away.
On British politesse
Emily: English people are known for being polite, and they are, but they don’t mean it – at all. (laughing)
On holding back the judgy face
Dolly: Then there’s an honesty about certain people who just tell you things and you’re like, WOAH. They’re telling you things about their lives and you’re just thinking: do not make any sort of judgy face.
On peeing in skiing costumes
Emily: So our moms, without really knowing each other, went on a skiing holiday together to Austria, and we went too and that’s where we met. We basically just peed in our skiing costume every day. We would get enormous giggles.
On peeing in skiing costumes – some more
Emily: She would just make me laugh, and then we would make each other laugh. There was one time where we both fell down during our ski school and went down the mountain on our bums and both peed at the same time because we were laughing so much. There was just a trail of yellow…
On laughing at each other
Dolly: Em would tell me what went wrong with her [relationships] and the same with me. And it was this feeling, of like, actually this is so much more fun – telling each other and laughing about how ludicrous we are.
On laughing at yourself
Dolly: If you can laugh at yourself, and learn to find yourself funny, it’s just so much better. Now if something happens to me that is just awful, what’s good is that I’m almost enjoying it while it’s happening – a tiny bit – because I can tell Em.
On the merits of sharing the worst, weirdest, and most screwed up stuff that goes on inside your head
Emily: You can say the worst, weirdest, most screwed up stuff that goes on inside your head and you know the other person is not only going to forgive and understand you but they’ll love you a little bit more because you admitted to it.
On how irritating falling in love can be (when it isn’t you!)
Dolly: Someone tries to tell you about the person they fall in love with and it’s just irritating. But there is something you can’t deny that’s exciting about talking to them and sharing things with them.
On being thoughtful wives
Dolly: It makes the lives of our husbands so much easier. There’s somebody else – that they know you’re not going to run off with – who’s doing the heavy lifting.
Special thanks to Robert Bar Brooklyn
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