The New Potato Interview

Actress Julia Stiles
On Mosh Pits & Why Chivalry Is The New Macho

Julia Stiles telling us chivalry is the new macho – in answer to “what is the new potato?” – seemed like a Kat a la 10 Things I Hate About You sort of answer. Stiles (like Kat) has always been ahead of her time, both badass and beautiful in a way all of us consistently aim to be. We had many girl power teen aspirations when we’d watch her in movies like Save The Last Dance and the aforementioned 10 Things I Hate About You, and have felt continuing fandom in recent years when she stole the show in projects like Dexter and the Bourne movies.

The newest Bourne movie – Jason Bourne – comes out Friday, and we couldn’t think of a better time to catch up with one of our favorite timeless actresses who happens to be its star. Stiles spoke about all things concerning the newest Bourne installment, breakfast foods and hot yoga. This is a great Monday read.

From start to finish, what would be your ideal food day?
Fresh organic green juice in the morning, then a salad with avocado and quinoa for lunch. Dinner would be Sushi or something homemade, with a delicious glass of wine.

How do you usually start your day? What’s your go-to breakfast?
I know people say it’s the most important meal of the day, and I love breakfast foods, but later in the day. Is that weird?

How do you practice beauty from the inside out?
I swear by hot yoga. It consistently makes me feel great, mind, body and spirit. It focuses my mind, makes me feel lean, flexible and strong, I’m hooked. And if it’s too hot outside, swimming is meditative too. I really believe that food made with love and from good, simple ingredients is the way to go. I love cooking with friends, and the social experience of eating together. The more mindfully you eat, the more nourishing and satisfying it can be.

What are your morning and nightly beauty routines?
In the morning I wash my face with Jordan Samuel “Plie Cleanser” and moisturize with a day cream from Dayle Breault, then sunscreen from Weleda. And a giant glass of water with lemon.

What’s a beauty mainstay that hasn’t changed since 10 Things I Hate About You?
Giving my skin a break from makeup, exercise, water. Now I indulge in facials.

How do you prepare for your role in the Bourne movies, if at all?
There’s very little you can do to prepare because so much of it involves thinking on your feet. It’s good to be well-rested.

Were you surprised when Matt Damon decided to come back? What’s the most fun part of filming?
I was. It had been so many years of people asking me when we were going to make another; I had given up trying to guess. The most fun part is all of the travel; this series has taken me to amazing parts of the world.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? The worst?
Best: “Comparison is the thief of joy”
Worst: “It’s easier to ask for forgiveness…”

Who do you think you were in a past life? Why?
I think I was a fish. I love swimming…but I also love to eat them, so that’s weird.

You never liked X till you tried it at Y…
I never liked mosh pits until I tried it at a Titus Andronicus show.

What’s your perfect salad comprised of? Your perfect smoothie?
Salad: Endive and radicchio with avocado mushed in, olive oil and cider vinegar or lemon. Smoothie: Anything but peanut butter (put that on a sandwich please!), and no fake supplement thingies.

What are your favorite current cities for food? What restaurants do you go to in each?
NY: Colonia Verde, Angelica’s Kitchen, Mermaid Inn
Paris: L’Atelier and Dersou
London: J Sheekey and Bocca Di Lupo
Vancouver: Minami, Rodney’s Oyster Bar and Lupo
Calgary: Anju
LA: Little Dom’s

In the same vein as ‘what is the new black’ in fashion, what’s the new potato right now?
Chivalry is the new macho.

Travel & Leisure Magazine Interview

Welcome to our series, the T+L Carry-On, where we take a look inside the luggage of those who find themselves frequently traveling around the world—and gain a few expert tips along the way.

This week, we caught up with actress Julia Stiles at 11 Howard in New York City. Stiles, who recently starred in the movie Blackway, will soon be appearing in the upcoming Jason Bourne film, which took her to various locations across Europe. We sat down to chat all things travel with the star, including her top tips for beating jet lag, her best celebrity airplane encounters, and, of course, her carry-on essentials. Plus, don’t forget to check out last week’s column with professional dancer, singer, and actor Derek Hough.

On Her Relationship with Travel:
“Airplanes and I have a very intimate relationship; we spend a lot of time together. I travel mostly for work because I never seem to work at home, especially now that I live in Vancouver. I was born and raised in New York City, and I come back a lot, but I’m giving up my apartment here because I’m getting married to a Canadian. There’s tons of work in Vancouver, but I always work in foreign countries, which is great and exciting, but I’ve counted and in the last year in a half, I’ve been on a plane at least once, sometimes more, every month.”

Her Top Picks for Visitors to New York City—and Vancouver:
“Most people who come to visit New York City are in Manhattan most of the time, but I’d recommend going to some of the other boroughs; every neighborhood in Brooklyn is very different and diverse—it kind of has that feeling of the New York I grew up in. And I love this restaurant Jack’s Wife Frida, just as a staple—especially at lunchtime. It’s consistently great. In Vancouver, there are a lot of great hikes and delicious meals to be had. The Seawall is beautiful. Just going on a bike ride, or a walk around it—it’s sort of the boardwalk around the coast, and it’s so extraordinary and amazing to me that it exists in a city.”

Travel Tips and Tricks:
“I like to travel light. Sometimes, if I’m going somewhere for a longer trip, you have to check luggage, but I’ve gotten my little carry-on bag down to a tee. There are these little, square toiletry bags that that have bubble wrap on the outside, but by airport security, they’re considered a plastic baggies that you can put your toiletries in when you have to declare them—but because there’s bubble wrap, they also protect your stuff. But my number one tip would have to be to wear socks, because the most annoying thing is to get to airport security and then have to take your shoes off and walk barefoot—it’s gross, and I don’t like doing it, and I’ll never do it again.”

Her Advice for Beating Jet Lag:
“Usually, I have trouble sleeping on planes, and they say you’re supposed to stay up the whole day so you can adjust your body clock, especially if it’s an overnight flight and you arrive somewhere in the morning. I can’t do that, because I hate the feeling of being sick and exhausted. So my recommendation is to take a one hour nap—not too close to bedtime, and not too much of a nap.

If I’m working, or in a place luxurious enough to do something like go to a sauna or steam room, I like to do that because it kind of takes all the grime of the plane off, and I find it really refreshing. I think it’s really good for jet lag. If it’s not, then a walk, no matter how jet lagged you are, getting sunshine and getting your bearings is really important.”

Her Travel-Beauty Routine:
“I try not to wear any makeup on planes. I don’t use masks, because a plane isn’t your bathroom—it’s a public aluminum tube that’s flying through the air. I’ve been on a plane where someone was doing a sheet mask over night, and it freaked me out. But if you do want to keep your skin hydrated, which is key—no matter what type of skin you have. Spritzes are nice, and if you don’t want to buy an expensive one, you can go to any health food store and they have rosewater sprays, or you can get a bottle and mix up your own—even if just with water. So, serums and stuff—just moisturize. And I take Valerian root if it’s an overnight flight, because that’s a healthier way to try and fall asleep—or relax, at least.”

The Best Meal She’s Ever Had While Traveling:
“I went to Cuba, twice—legally—and my favorite meal was from this woman who was passing food that she’d made through from her kitchen window out on to the street. It was like, a fried egg on top of rice and beans and a little salad—it was delicious.”

Her Favorite Hotel:
“I’ve spent a lot of time at the Ham Yard Hotel in London—anytime I go there for work, I stay there, and it was for quite a bit when I was working on Jason Bourne. I’ve got my little coffee shop and juice spot around the corner. It’s in the center of SoHo, so it’s quite busy and chaotic outside, but as soon as you walk into the hotel it’s so peaceful and chic.”

Her Advice for Those Who Ever Find Themselves Sitting Next to Her on a Plane:
“Honestly, I’m really lazy and just watch whatever movies they’re showing you. What I’ll do is put my headphones on to kind of calm down and relax, but I always wind up watching whatever the person next to me is watching. So if you’re ever sitting next to me on a plane, pick something good.”

Her Best Celebrity Encounters on a Plane
“When you luck out and somebody else is paying and you get to fly first class, then it’s like, oh my God; there’s that person, and there’s that person! I’ve seen Morgan Freeman, Sigourney Weaver, and Annette Bening. Oh, and Sting! I stood next to Sting at baggage claim, once.”

First Official Jason Bourne Trailer

We are delighted to reveal the first official trailer and a selection of brand new images and one-sheet for the highly anticipated upcoming JASON BOURNE.

JASON BOURNE sees original actor and director, Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass, return to the iconic series they created along with Alicia Vikander, Julia Stiles, Vincent Cassel and Tommy Lee Jones.

“Jason Bourne isn’t a super hero; he doesn’t wear a cape or a mask. He’s not one of those kinds of guys. He is just an ordinary man. I think when people watch Jason Bourne they can imagine how they might react in those situations and those circumstances, and when you see him thinking his way through and coming up with a plan and executing his plan, that’s incredibly exciting.” – Paul Greengrass

“It has taken us a long time to come back because we didn’t have the right story before. The world needed to change and then there comes that moment when it makes sense. You know when it feels right and that’s when you do it, not before.” – Paul Greengrass

JASON BOURNE will be released in cinemas July 2017.

Great Gilly Hopkins Trailer & Still

Check out the trailer for Julia’s upcoming film, Great Gilly Hopkins. Plus a brand new promotional still!


Based on the book of the same name, “Gilly” Hopkins (Nélisse) is a mean, brash young girl who is headed for yet another foster home. She hates living with different people all the time and just wants to settle in with her birth mother. Gilly doesn’t like the look of her new foster mom, Trotter (Kathy Bates) and decides she is going to hate her for the rest of her life.

But then, when Nonnie (Glenn Close), comes to Trotter’s house and tells her that she will take Gilly home…and that’s when she realizes that she really wants to be with Trotter.

The Great Gilly Hopkins hits theaters soon!

Go With Me Trailer & Screencaps

Daniel Alfredson’s claim to fame involves directing the second and third installments of the Swedish “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” trilogy. But his forays into English language filmmaking haven’t fared so well. His last outing was the tepid “Kidnapping Mr. Heineken,” which was followed by “Go With Me,” which premiered last September at the Venice Film Festival to a lukewarm response.

Based on the book by Castle Freeman Jr, and starring Julia Stiles, Anthony Hopkins, Ray Liotta and Hal Holbrook, the story follows a young woman who is assaulted and stalked by local logging town thug Blackway. She refuses to leave town, and a posse of sorts comes together to take on Blackway.

Go With Me opens on April 22nd. Check out the first international trailer below, and view the screencaps here.

Julia Stiles in “Crime Tip” Music Video From Leisure Cruise

Julia Stiles first met Leah Siegel—half of synth-pop duo Leisure Cruise and daughter of NPR’s Robert Siegel—back in 2012, when the two of them performed together in Sarah Sophie Flicker and Karen Elson’s The Citizens Band. Siegel ran into Dave Hodge, the other half of Leisure Cruise and a frequent Feist collaborator, at a café not long later. After Siegel and Hodge decided to write and record together, Stiles became the new band’s very first fan. And that’s how the three of them came to film the video for Leisure Cruise’s toe-tappy song “Crime Tip,” premiering today exclusively on Vogue.com.

The video finds Stiles inhabiting the character of a dangerous film noir seductress who happens to be the object of affection of a Scotch-drinking P.I. played by performance artist Jon Morris (of Fuerzabruta). As one might expect, she turns the tables on him, and then the glitter comes out, and things get really weird. Director Michael McQuilken conceived of the script with Stiles in mind, and she didn’t hesitate to take on the part. “A film noir–turns–twisted fairy-tale nightmare? Red lips and gold lamé? Yes please!” Stiles told us by email. “I just wish I could audition to play the tambourine for them.” So do we, Julia. So do we.