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.

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