PRO­FILE

Busy Philipps has a lot to say. And we’re def­i­nitely lis­ten­ing.

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You guys, it’s a one-on-one with Busy Philipps.

THE DAY I SPEAK with Busy Philipps, she has worked out at tram­po­line-dance fit­ness class LEK­fit and had a thy­roid ul­tra­sound that took for­ever and still man­ages to make it to her L.A. of­fice in time for our phone convo. I know all this be­cause I—like 1.1 mil­lion other peo­ple—fol­low the ac­tress on In­sta­gram and watched her morn­ing play out on my iPhone. Her In­sta sto­ries are some­times silly (dye­ing BFF Michelle Wil­liams’ hair pink dur­ing Paris Fashion Week), some­times em­pow­er­ing (clap­ping back at body shamers) and al­ways en­gag­ing.

They’ve also been ca­reer-chang­ing. By shar­ing a part of her­self on­line, Philipps—who played the “best friend” on shows like Freaks and Geeks, Daw­son’s Creek and Cougar Town (while out­shin­ing the leads more of­ten than not)— found her au­di­ence. (This fall, that au­di­ence will only grow thanks to her new late-night show, Busy Tonight.) Her new mem­oir, This Will Only Hurt a Lit­tle, is as raw and real as her on­line per­sona. It touches on trau­mas and tri­umphs, from teenage heart­break to dis­lo­cat­ing her knee in a mosh pit to deal­ing with sex­ism in Hol­ly­wood. What was your re­ac­tion when you saw the book? “The process has been so long. I wish I were one of those ac­tors who hires a ghost­writer, but un­for­tu­nately I did all the work! When I got the box of gal­leys, it was so real. There are things in the book I’ve never spo­ken about be­fore. Any­time you ex­pose your­self in that way, you’re risk­ing a lot. I had a heart-stop­ping mo­ment of ‘Okay, now it’s go­ing out into the world.’” Did you give fam­ily and friends a heads-up about the con­tent? “Michelle [Wil­liams] read early drafts, and Colin [Hanks, Philipps’ ex] read it. My hus­band, Marc [Sil­ver­stein], read ev­ery­thing as I was writ­ing it.” What does the name of the book mean? “Nam­ing a book is sim­i­lar to nam­ing a child. I wanted some­thing that works on a few lev­els, and I feel like the ti­tle does—but I don’t want to give it away.” Is there a celebrity fan of yours who has sur­prised you? “Ju­lia Roberts! I was in­vited to an am­fAR event where she was be­ing hon­oured. She came up to me and was like, ‘I’m ob­sessed with you. I love you. I love your In­sta­gram.’ That was pretty wild.” What does it mean for you to be a woman on latenight TV? “We’re al­ways an un­der­served au­di­ence, and it doesn’t re­ally make sense. More fe­male per­spec­tives on late night are amaz­ing to have.” Who would be your dream guest? “Suf­jan Stevens— and Ju­lia Roberts, of course.” ®

Read about Busy Philipps’ favourite things—from de­sign­ers to spa treat­ments—on ELLECanada.com.

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