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Ari Graynor on Why You Should 'Go Big or Go Home' When It Comes to Fashion

We’ve already gushed about Rashida Jones’ stellar performance in Celeste and Jesse Forever, a movie that will make you laugh and cry (and laugh and cry again and again), but we haven’t yet told you about her bestie in the film, Beth, played by up-and-coming comedic actress Ari Graynor, who’s best known for her hilarious show-stealing role in Nick & Nora’s Infinite Playlist. Put it this way: the girl makes heartache funny, so we had to meet with her one-on-one. For starters, here’s what we found out about Graynor: She’s 29 years old, newly single, from Boston but about to move to New York, has a current affinity for vibrant prints and color-blocking, and is an optimist when it comes to love. Read on to find out more, because Graynor is one cool, funny girl you will definitely want to know.

What are your summer plans?
A lot of it will be spent in what I call body rehab. I’ve been professionally living life for the past few months, traveling a lot, eating lots of food, drinking lots of wine. So, now I’m trying to get in shape and be healthy. I’m trying to go to the gym five days a week, and only have a glass or two of wine a week. I’m trying.

Are there any current fashion trends that you are loving or hating?

I’ve always been into all black but now I’m opening up to colors and prints. I tend to like classic items paired in an unexpected way. I’m a huge fan of vintage. I like things to sort of sing their own unique song.

What is your favorite place to shop?

I love vintage stores in LA, like Shareen. I started going there when it opened eight years ago and at one point all my clothes were from there, because then you could get dresses for like eight dollars a piece. I’m also trying to grow up a little bit and get a few more pulled-together styles, so I don’t look like a shlubby mess. I’m going to be back in New York in the fall and I think it might be time for me to buy myself a Burberry trench.

Did you have an awkward fashion phase?

I think my worst phase was around freshman year in high school, which was in 1997, and it involved an awkward boot-cut jean with a hiking boot and a cotton shirt. It just kind of had no flavor. I think it’s better to sort of go big or go home. My pictures of myself with tight rolled fluorescent tracksuit pants and scrunchies in my hair with a big side pony tail and a snap bracelet? That had a strong point of view and a sense of humor! Bland is bad.

How would you describe your style now?
I would rather take chances. I call it "having a lot of look." I’ll walk in somewhere and say, I’m sorry, I have a lot of look right now, and I’ll have a dress, hat, leather jacket, and a high top sneaker. But I like that.

Are you an optimist in terms of love?
I’m skeptical and wary of how long-term marriages work, especially in this business, but I’m a hopeless romantic when it comes to meeting the person you are supposed to be with and falling completely in hopelessly, endlessly, and ridiculously chemically filled love.

What’s coming up work-wise for you?
For a Good Time Call comes out Labor Day weekend. And then I think I might go back to Broadway and do a play. I love doing theater. It’s sort of where I started--like my home base. I did a Woody Allen play last season and Paul White’s play a year before that, and if this play ends up happening, it will be my fourth time on Broadway, which is pretty incredible because that was by far my childhood dream.

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