OF ‘SWEETBITTER’ ON STARZ
How much has your wine and food knowledge grown since you started doing “Sweetbitter”?
(Laughs) Significantly. I will say I called all of my foodie friends when I got the job and I was like, “What books do I need to read and where do I need to eat?” The research for this job was really satisfying and fun. I’m still a novice with wine but I certainly know more and I had a really good time researching (laughs) . ... I wouldn’t say I’m 100 percent fluent but I have a lot more knowledge, certainly, and I’ve read some books about wine and I’ve watched the movies and I’ve drunk a significant amount (laughs) of wine. Research. Entirely research.
What initially attracted you to your role of alpha waitress Simone?
It felt really close to home, this story, in particular. I was graduating college in 2006, the year that our show was set, and I was waiting tables in New York City and it was a really formative experience for me. And there’s something about being young in New York and kind of finding your way that I felt really resonated with me and felt incredibly nostalgic and beautiful. And that was sort of the impetus for me to join in. And I thought the contradictions and the complications of Simone were really interesting.