The 8 Gaby Hoffmanniest Things Gaby Hoffmann Has Ever Said
8. On her bush preferences:
I’ll tell ya, I don’t get it. I don’t know how people do this waxing thing. Now I just have all these bumpy ingrown hairs.
7. On her fine tastes:
I curate my T.V.-watching quite carefully.
6. On kids today:
I think that every young person is a little mentally ill, you know? If we’re not totally shutting down, we’re all a little bit mentally ill in our twenties and maybe into our early thirties.
5. On her tastes in television programming:
But the nastier the better, as far as I’m concerned. I mean, if something is smart and about real people and real stuff that people feel and think, then I like it. And if that includes a lot about sex and shit and whatever else, then that’s all the more real to me … I feel like this country is so crazy and contradictory and puritanical and conservative; the fact that people focus on the language and other superficial stuff of Louie is just depressing. Everybody needs to just relax and take a deep breath, and realize that what Louie’s doing is actually far less offensive than what all the well-accepted Hollywood bigwigs are doing. I go to see a movie, and it’s anti-woman, it’s violent, it’s stupid, it’s talking down to everybody, it has no expectation of its audience. That’s offensive to me.
4. On the parallel planet she inhabits, and what it’s like there:
It’s like I’m living on a slightly parallel planet. The amount of stuff that I want to do in a day is a tiny fraction of what most people are doing in a day. I just don’t want to take in and absorb and process as much as everybody else. I like to sort of slow things down a little bit.
3. On her acting process:
I’m not a method actor at all, but I like taking mushrooms and I’m comfortable with it.
2. On boundaries:
Having no boundaries is something about myself that I really, really appreciate, and the older I get and the more I get to know myself, the more I appreciate it. I think it’s a really unique quality, and I’m sort of saying this directly to you now—I think that most, or maybe at least a lot, of people in this world are living in this world with layers of filters and fears and boundaries that they don’t even know are there. And I think that whatever risks and dangers may be the product of having very few boundaries are really offset by the openness that’s created.
I don’t usually think in these terms, really. I remember before that interview I’d just gotten a tarot card reading, and someone said that particular phrase to me, “no sense of boundaries,” and something about it, even—I don’t know.
1. On breakfast:
Placenta, placenta, placenta. Just eat that shit up, and it does a girl good! You don’t taste [it].
I made smoothies out of it for three weeks. I had a home birth, so my midwife and my doula took it and cut it up into 20 pieces and froze it, and every day, I put it in a blender with strawberries and blueberries and guava juice and a banana, and I drank that shit up.