April 7th, 2022
 WandaVision Star Kat Dennings Reacts To Disney’s Moon Knight

WandaVision star Kat Dennings claims to have liked Moon Knight so much that it compelled her to dream about it, “which is actually pretty messed up.”

WandaVision’s Kat Dennings, who plays Darcy Lewis in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, shares her reaction to Disney+’s Moon Knight. Following WandaVision, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Loki, What If…?, and HawkeyeMoon Knight is the latest MCU show to premiere on Disney+. Jeremy Slater serves as showrunner of the six-episode series, which is directed by Egyptian filmmaker Mohamed Diab’s team, which consists of Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead. Oscar Isaac stars in Moon Knight as its titular anti-hero alongside Ethan Hawke as Arthur Harrow, May Calamawy as Layla El-Faouly, the late Gaspard Ulliel as Anton Mogart/Midnight Man, and F. Murray Abraham as the Egyptian god Khonshu.

The series follows Steven Grant (Isaac), a mild-manner “gift-shopper” who’s unknowingly a part of a dissociate identity disorder (DID) system. He believes himself to be sleepwalking when, in reality, the mercenary Marc Spector is in control when Steven lays dormant. This situation is complicated by Marc’s life-saving pact with Khonshu, who uses Steven and Marc’s body as an avatar. Moon Knight’s first episode dropped on March 30 and has since been praised by many on social media, including MCU veteran, Dennings.

Dennings recently took to Twitter to share her reaction to Moon Knight’s pilot episode. Ironically, she claims to have enjoyed it so much that she even dreamed about it. Check out the tweet below:

As an origin story for the titular character, Moon Knight is quickly separating itself from other MCU shows. Its tone has been described as being a mix between Indiana Jones, Ghostbusters, and Fight Club — which is proving to be an adept assessment. By following Steven, rather than Marc, Moon Knight’s main character serves as a (unreliable) surrogate for audiences in a way that’s comparable to The Narrator’s experience in Fight Club. Compile that with Marc’s globe-trotting adventures aimed at preventing a cult leader from resurrecting the Egyptian goddess/demoness Amitt, and it’s the thing Dennings’ dreams are made of.

Wednesday, Moon Knight released its second episode. The series is already a hit with MCU stars, critics, and audiences alike with an 86% critics score and a 94% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes. That said, Isaac’s future in the MCU remains up in the air as his contract with Disney/Marvel Studios currently doesn’t extend beyond Moon Knight. As for Dennings, who appeared in Thor (2010), Thor: The Dark World (2013) and WandaVision, it doesn’t look like she will be returning as Darcy in the upcoming Thor: Love and Thunder. However, Dennings recently voiced her character in an episode of Disney+’s What If..?. Presumably, fans will be seeing more of Steven/Marc and Darcy in the future.


Written by Josh Plainse for Screen Rant, article published on April 6
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February 17th, 2022
 Kat Dennings isn’t living life by milestones

The Dollface star is recently engaged, pursuing new dreams, and no longer stressed.

When it comes to Kat Dennings’ role as Jules on Dollface, life comes pretty close to imitating art — and not just because her real-life fiancé appears as the object of her affection on the show. Season 2 of the Hulu series offers many parallels to Dennings’ personal life and experiences, and, to hear Dennings tell it, they only deepened her connection to her character.

The new episodes follow Jules as she makes several adjustments to her life as her 30th birthday looms. She finally decides to quit her job as Celeste’s right-hand woman and pursue her passion for graphic design (the Great Resignation has come to Woom) and learns what she needs in a romantic partner (goodbye, veterinarian who can’t cut ties with his ex). “She’s taking steps into being a formed human,” the actor tells Bustle of Jules’ self-actualization.

At 35, Dennings is doing some self-actualizing, too. After entering Hollywood in 2000 with an appearance on Sex and the City and later starring in Marvel blockbusters, she finally mustered the courage to try her hand at writing material of her own. First, she’ll adapt one of her essays into an episode for the upcoming anthology series Girls Can’t Shoot (& Other Lies); she has a few more writing projects that are still under wraps.

Like Jules, Dennings is also still finding the balance between prioritizing adult friendships and romantic relationships. “I have to really remind myself to be on the ball a little bit more because, yeah, I can be absent-minded,” she says of her tendency to go stretches of time without speaking to her equally busy friends. Now that she’s found “the right person” — rock star fiancé Andrew W.K. — she’s no longer caught in a constant juggling act. But she did shock her followers when she announced her engagement to W.K. only a week after going Instagram official with him in May 2021. “It was a wonderful, joyful thing,” she says, politely agreeing to disagree that the post brought the internet to its knees. Even so, Dennings is beaming about the “magical” update to her longtime crush on the musician.

Below, Dennings discusses Dollface Season 2, her relationship with Andrew W.K, and her favorite celebrity baby announcement.

In this season of Dollface, Jules finally gives herself permission to dream big and actually go after what she wants. Did that resonate with you, personally?

Something I’ve always done and wanted to do but I never really had the courage to go for it was writing, and I have a couple of things in development now. I had to talk myself into this thing, like, “You know what? Who said you weren’t good enough? And why do you think that? And why not?” I had to bite the bullet. And it’s very vulnerable. But I’m so glad I did, and now it’s a big new part of my life.

The women in the show are approaching their 30s in drastically different ways: Jules is nonchalant about it, while Madison is determined to have everything in order before hitting the milestone. What was your 30th like?

I remember feeling like it should feel like a huge giant deal, and it just didn’t. I don’t even think I did anything. I felt that pressure, I guess, to have it “together.” What does that even mean anymore? Nothing. It’s like we all have this pressure put on us by some ethereal force about things you have to do or have done by a certain age, and it’s just made up. Especially for women, we’re told stupid things that we have to do or have done by certain ages. Absolutely untrue and false.

On the show, Jules’ friend Izzy overthinks posting a photo of her new boyfriend on Instagram. Did you and Andrew W.K. have a conversation before going Instagram official and posting your engagement?

On one hand, you’re really excited and you want everyone to know certain things or whatever. But on the other hand, you’re like, “Well, as soon as I invite people into this, it’s sort of giving permission to people to know things.” It’s kind of a double-edged sword, but as soon as we were engaged, it was obviously fine to post. It was a wonderful, joyful thing. But yeah, I remember as a youngster, I definitely learned that lesson of like, eh, maybe don’t post everything as it happened. Maybe take a moment and really think about it, and that’s just how I do it.

I love when people post, like, “Surprise, I’m married.”

I love that. I love that. And not to shout anybody out, but when Alexis Bledel was like, “Hey, I’m married and have a kid!” I thought that was the coolest thing anyone has ever done. I just admire that so much. I wish her the best. I always admired that when people kept things really private and then just surprised.

And I love that you sort of manifested this relationship by tweeting at him, calling him a tall drink of milk back in 2014.

I know. I don’t even remember doing that. I’ve always been a huge fan of him and his music — he was obviously just a talented, amazing genius. I’ve just always admired him. And so it is a very strange and magical update to that story.

You previously said that, like Jules, you tend to fall off the face of the Earth when you enter relationships. How would you describe your friendships now and your dynamic with Andrew W.K.?

I, as a person, get overwhelmed really easily. Any time I have something big to focus on, I kind of just drop out. It’s not something I intend to do. I blink and it’s a month later. That’s just my personality, unfortunately. But I’ve actually been a lot better, I think. And it’s probably due to finding the right person and not feeling panicked and stressed out all the time, that’s it. Finding the right person, being really comfortable, and feeling at ease. It’s a tall order, but it can be done.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.


Written by Shannon Barbour for Bustle, article published on February 16
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February 16th, 2022
 Kat Dennings explains how Margot Robbie convinced her to do “Dollface” after wrapping “2 Broke Girls”
Kat Dennings explains how Margot Robbie convinced her to do “Dollface” after wrapping “2 Broke Girls”

“It gave everyone this incredible assignment at a point in life where we all needed something good to look forward to.”

Whether you know her as Max from 2 Broke Girls, Darcy from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Jules from Dollface, or one of her other numerous TV shows or movies, Kat Dennings is a comedy force and has put her mark on some pretty special projects over the years.

To celebrate the return of Dollface for a hilarious and often heartfelt Season 2, Kat sat down with BuzzFeed to chat about everything — like how we can thank Margot Robbie for her Dollface role, what it was like watching WandaVision become the biggest TV series of 2021 overnight, why Steve Martin is her idol, and much more. Here’s everything we chatted about: 

There are major spoilers ahead for Dollface Season 2

1. How did you first get involved with Dollface?

After 2 Broke Girls ended, I was a little bit scared to do another TV show, just because I didn’t even know what I wanted to do next. Then, I really loved the pilot script. Basically, my manager said, “Margot Robbie [who is an executive producer on Dollface] wants you to read a script.” And I was like, “Okay! Sounds good! Whatever it is, I’ll do.” 

So, of course, having Margot Robbie involved was a no-brainer. It was such a good jumping off point. I could see so many seasons coming out of it. It just felt like the right thing. It has such a unique vibe. Yeah, that’s how it happened: Margot Robbie wants you to read a script. That was it.

2. And Dollface is also special because you’re an executive producer on the show. How has it been stepping into that role too?

The executive producer thing was SO exciting for me. It felt very long earned because, you know, this is my 25th year of working — like, somehow that happened. You learn a lot as you go, just like in any job, but I felt really ready for that responsibility. I was very heavily involved and it felt really right. It’s so much fun taking on this role too, and I really enjoy it.

3. There was quite some time between Season 1 and Season 2 of Dollface. How was it jumping back into filming during the COVID-19 pandemic?

It was obviously anxiety filled because you go from, like, being home for a year and half to being back on a stage with hundreds of people. So, it’s scary, but the best thing about this show is we have an amazing showrunner, Michelle Nader, who I worked with on 2 Broke Girls. I threw a net over Michelle and brought her in as soon as I could. I trust her with my life, and she cares so much. She wants everything to be as good as it can be and as safe as it can be. 

So I felt very safe. It really was done right. We could have started sooner and it might have been less of Dollface, so we really started filming at a time where we could have all the big scenes with all the extras and do everything safely. We were able to deliver the real season that we wanted to shoot.

4. In the last year, you also had WandaVision, which was a massive success. How was it watching that show become so beloved?

It was wild watching it just take over, all while we were stuck at home. It was incredible. I filmed that right before the pandemic started. My plan was to get home from shooting WandaVision and then go right into Season 2 of Dollface. Of course, it didn’t happen like that. The beautiful thing that happened with WandaVision was everyone was home. Everybody watched it. 

That thing that Disney+ did with their Marvel shows being released once a week and making you wait for the next episode was so smart. Of course, we want to binge-watch everything, but what they did for WandaVision was a gift for everybody to have something they could talk about and look forward to. It gave everyone this incredible assignment at a point in life where we all needed something good to look forward to. It was a special kind of moment. I’m so proud of the show and it has been wonderful to see the show, Lizzie [Olsen], Paul [Bettany], and everyone get so much love. I can’t believe I got to be in it. It’s a gift.

5. Did you ever think you’d come back as Darcy after Thor: The Dark World?

Truly, I had no idea if we’d see Darcy again. The beauty of Marvel is, like, once you’re in, you’re in. You’ll always be part of the Marvel family. So, I was always like, Maybe one day they’ll have a use for Darcy. But I had no idea what they were going to do with her. It was very surreal.

6. Have you ever taken anything from a TV show or movie after you finished filming?

Yes. Yes. Actually, somewhere in this very library where I am sitting, there’s a book I stole from the Thor set. I might’ve asked permission, but I don’t think I did…I took it. It’s true.

7. What’s a role people would be surprised to find out you auditioned for but didn’t get?

I auditioned for everything and never got anything. I swear to god, everything you audition for is a rejection, so if you get like one job, it’s a miracle. When I was little, I auditioned for one of The Exorcist remakes. 

BuzzFeed: No way!

Nora, it was horrible. I had to…ugh…do like a possession scene…you’re never going to stop laughing over this. So, I brought in a feather boa to the audition. First of all, I was like 10. My mom was like, “You’re not watching The Exorcist,” and I was like, “I need to for WORK.” I finally convinced her to let us rent it. So, I put in the tape back then because I’m 100 years old. We did VHS tapes from Blockbuster, kids. Anyway, the tape wasn’t rewound, so it started right on the scene where her head spins around and I freaked out. 

I never watched it and to this day I’ve still never seen it because that scarred me for life. So, I went into the audition being like, I’m gonna do my own thing. It was…not good. If the tape exists, don’t release it. Please.

8. How was it transitioning from 2 Broke Girls, which was a very typical TV network comedy, to a streaming series like Dollface?

That was really exciting because I really wanted something different. Dollface is really interesting and it’s very different from any other comedy I’ve worked on. It has this magical realism element that I haven’t seen very much of. You know, the Cat Lady thing is so weirdly beautiful. It’s been so great. Hulu has been such a great partner. They’re so up for whatever. 

9. How has it been building the friendships both on and off screen with Brenda Song, Shay Mitchell, and Esther Povitsky?

That’s the best part of the show, in my opinion, because we got so close in Season 1. There’s really no bonding activity quite like making a television show together for 15 to 16 hours a day where you’re in weird situations. It’s the most fun. You eat together, you nap together, I mean, within reason, do crazy stuff together. The things we do on the show are not normal. Like, we share these very special activities and it’s sort of an irreplaceable bond that we all have. It’s been awesome and so special.

10. What’s your best fan story?

Oh my god. I never leave the house, so I don’t really meet that many people. But I remember a while ago, a really sweet woman came up to me once and she said her husband had passed recently and that she and her daughters watched 2 Broke Girls together in bed as their comfort show. For some reason, that story has always stuck with me and I thought it was so sweet.

11. Dollface Season 2 really explores a more independent side to Jules and she grows a lot in terms of knowing what she wants out of life and going for it. How was it exploring this side to her?

That’s a really fun thing about this season because Season 1 was all about Jules begging her friends to take her back and essentially proving herself as a friend. Now, she’s already done that. After Season 1, she feels much more confident having her friends behind her and being a good friend. She finally feels like she knows how to do that. Then, the surprise for Jules in Season 2 is instead of being fired from her job, she’s promoted. She’s suddenly thrust into a whole new thing of being a boss. Like, suddenly she’s Izzy’s boss and she has people working under her, and she has to make decisions. It’s very scary for her. 

Jules kind of starts to find her groove. I think that’s one of her main themes of this season, which is great. There’s a very emotional episode where she goes back home to see her parents and that’s a whole other side to Jules we haven’t explored yet. You can see where her anxiety comes from. That’s really interesting. To see why she’s like this and then seeing her come into her own.

12. Speaking of the Jules going home episode, Jennifer Grey guest stars as her mom, which is such a great surprise. How was it working with her?

Okay, well, Jennifer Grey is a dream. It was a dream come true and I’m a huge fan, obviously. Everyone loves Jennifer Grey. She’s brilliant. She’s like a ball of energy. She’s magnificent. 

It’s cool because it’s unexpected because you would kind of think, Oh, Jules’ mom must be like THIS way. But now she’s this little energy-filled person who is very high strung. So that makes a lot of sense for why Jules is so….’AAAHH’ about everything. Then her dad just seems more like a lovable guy just standing there. I think it’s really cute and really revealing. It explains a lot about her.

13. In Season 2, Episode 8, there’s also a great dream sequence that features your fiancé, Andrew W.K. How was it bringing him in to play on your show?

Incredible! A once-in-a-lifetime thing. It felt very special in the moment and like a very special thing for us to look back on, you know, when we’re old. It was really, really wonderful. He was amazing, of course.

14. Which emojis do you use the most?

[checks phone] It appears to be the heart emoji (❤️). Awwww. Followed by the crying one (😭). So, figure that one out.

15. What’s the last TV show you binge-watched?

Oh, okay. [Andrew and I] binge-watched Dopesick, which was incredible. And, we can’t binge it because it’s weekly, but The Righteous Gemstones Season 2. It’s so good and hilarious.

16. Is there a movie or TV show that made you want to become an actor?

Well, Steve Martin was the thing that happened to me as a kid that made me want to be whatever he does. Of course, I don’t do what he does, but you know. I think I saw The Jerk when I was really young and it completely, like, changed my brain chemistry. I didn’t know what was happening and I had never seen anything like that. I just kept getting his movies from the library and watching them over and over. Yeah, Steve Martin is the reason that I’m an actor.

17. Who have you been the most starstruck by?

[laughs] Steve Martin. I met him once in passing and it was so embarrassing, and I didn’t know what to say. I was like, If you don’t say something, you’re going to regret it! So, I was like, “Blah, blah, blah, blah,” and he was like, “Really? Hahaha,” and I was like, Oh god. For context, we were backstage somewhere and it was dark. He was about to go on stage, so it was a bad time. He was very polite, but I made no sense while talking to him. Hopefully one day I’ll be able to make up for that.

18. Do you have a favorite Jules moment from Dollface Season 2?

Oh man. There are so many great scenes this season. [laughs] I get a really fun little scene with Esther Povitsky, who plays Izzy. I think it was our first scene just the two of us, like away from everybody and not at work. We get to do a really fun scene together in a car and I really enjoyed that day just as a person because I love Esther so much. We got to just hang out in a car together the whole day. So that was a special memory from filming this season, but there are so many to choose from.

BuzzFeed: I also love the moment where Jules, Madison, and Stella road trip to go get Izzy back.

Yes! It’s so good. I love all those kind of group scenes with us too. They are always a blast to film and are so funny.

19. Have you ever caught someone watching a TV show or movie you’ve been in on a flight or anywhere else?

Ah. Yes, I actually have. Somebody was watching 2 Broke Girls on a plane I was on once. I was like, Oh, god. Don’t look at meHow am I supposed to pee? Guess I’m not getting up this flight. Like, I can’t walk by this person. It’s kind of embarrassing seeing other people watch something you’re in, but obviously it’s what I dreamed about as a little kid.

20. Jules and Fender’s relationship is such a great storyline in Dollface Season 2. How was it working with Luke Cook?

Luke Cook is the sweetest guy. So funny. I was actually a huge fan of his before Dollface. If you follow him on TikTok or Instagram, he’s hilarious. Actually, he reached out to me on Instagram saying he thought he read for Dollface. I was like, “Hold, please.” And I was like, “We have to hire Luke Cook now!” Of course, he got it on his own because he’s brilliant. He’s amazing. 

With Jules and Wes they have this like “Ehhh” vibe. She’ll be like, “Okay, let’s do this,” and he’s always hung up on something. Jules still isn’t able to stand up for herself with Wes, and that’s something she eventually does because she meets this great guy who actually seems to like her. It seems pretty straightforward. So then the question is, is she mature enough for this yet? The answer’s no, but almost. She’s getting there. 

21. Who was your childhood celebrity crush?

Is it sad to say that it was King Arthur from The Sword in the Stone? It was him. He was a cute animated boy. He was age appropriate at least.

22. What’s your favorite behind-the-scenes memory from filming Dollface Season 2?

Oh my god, Nora, this is the hardest question. I’m not kidding that we made memories every step of the way. I think anytime where all the girls get to be together in a scene is always something really special. 

Like, we have a scene where all of us are in a restaurant and it’s such a simple scene, but it was so much fun. Anytime we just get to hang out is the best. Like, we all got to spend the whole day together. That’s my favorite, but I know that’s everyone’s favorite because we get to just take our shoes off, hang out, have some food, and show each other everything on our phones. It’s the best.

23. If you could guest-star on any TV show, either currently airing or not, what would it be?

The Righteous Gemstones. Or a season of American Horror Story.

BuzzFeed: You and Evan Peters can have a little WandaVision reunion on AHS.

Oh god. That’s right! That would be funny.

24. Do you ever listen to music in order to get into character?

Yeah, that’s something I used to do a lot. I have playlists on my phone for previous characters. I used to do it a ton. It’s a great way to set the tone for a character.

25. Who has been your favorite Dollface guest star?

Oh my god. Owen Thiele. He’s so great. 

26. What’s your dream for Dollface Season 3?

Oh my god. Well, the cool thing about Season 2 is that everybody gets their own show. Like, Stella and Liv have their own thing, Madison has her new career starting, and Izzy has her relationship and she’s becoming more and more confident. Then, with Jules, it could kind of go anywhere. 

Personally, I would like to see Jules really understand herself and really decide what she wants, instead of just reacting to things happening to her, because that is Jules’ pattern. I’m guilty of this, too. It’s like things just occur and Jules reacts. It would be nice if she were able to take stock of her life and go for it. Go for what she wants, not just what’s in front of her.

27. And finally, what’s something on your bucket list?

I’ve always wanted to see the bioluminescence plankton. You know, the beautiful glowing bioluminescence that you can see in some parts of the world. I’ve always wanted to see that. So wherever I can see that, I’d like to go there.

 


Written by Nora Dominick for Buzzfeed, article published on February 14
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February 14th, 2022
 Dollface cast gushes over Britney Spears & Sam Asghari
Dollface cast gushes over Britney Spears & Sam Asghari

Sam Asghari, Britney Spears’ fiancé, appears in Season 2 of Dollface… and the cast loved it!

Brenda Song, Kat Dennings, Shay Mitchell and Esther Povitsky gushed over the duo in a new interview with Extra’s Katie Krause.

Kat shared some scenes with Sam, who she described as being “so nice.” She added, “He was so game to talk to all of us, and I sprayed him in the face with champagne.”

Dennings clarified that it was “not scripted,” saying, “It was an accident and he was such a gentleman… He’s so funny and very talented.”

Shay and Brenda also praised Sam for being a “gentleman.” Recalling Sam and Kat’s scene, Shay elaborated, “There was one part where they’re shaking the champagne and unexpectedly it went all over him and he was such a good sport about it and completely went along, such a pro.”

Brenda admitted, “It was really hard not to be like, ‘Please tell us everything about Britney.’”

Esther, a “super fan” of Britney,” was all for her dating Sam. She said, “I really felt good as a fan of hers, like this guy is a good guy, she’s in good hands. It made me happy.”

Sam and Britney started dating after meeting on the set of her 2016 music video “Slumber Party.” He popped the question a few months ago.

In the post, Britney and Sam appear in short video clips, with Britney excitedly showing off her sparkler. Sam says, “Look at that. You like  it?” to which Britney exclaims, “Yes!”

The pair have been open about their desire to have children together.

In December, Sam opened up about their Christmas plans, telling TMZ that they would be “baby-making.”

A month before, Spears expressed wanting to have a child with Sam. She wrote on Instagram, “I’m thinking about having another baby!!!”

While Esther didn’t talk to Sam about her love for Britney, she stressed, “He’s a sweetheart. He’s such a sweet guy with great values.”

As for his role on the show, Kat dished, “Sam plays a server who is giving champagne to a newly engaged couple and we have a really amazing moment.”

Esther chimed in, “Expect a funny scene.”

Calling it a “fun day” on set with Sam, Shay said he was “such a pleasure for all of us to be able to hang with and talk to.”

Along with his being down to have fun, Brenda appreciated Sam’s willingness to “try everything” for the show, which has a lot of improv.

The new season of Dollface is streaming now on Hulu.


ExtraTV, article and video published on February 12
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February 13th, 2022
 Kat Dennings on ‘Dollface’ season 2, the Cat Lady, and her love for her co-stars
Kat Dennings on ‘Dollface’ season 2, the Cat Lady, and her love for her co-stars

She also discusses how they made the music festival scene happen with the same pool of background performers.

In its second season, the Hulu series Dollface continues to follow Jules (Kat Dennings) and her best friends, Madison (Brenda Song), Stella (Shay Mitchell) and Izzy (Esther Povitsky), as they navigate post-pandemic life. Heading toward turning 30 has them all re-evaluating their careers and romance and trying to figure out what’s next, while the ups and downs and bumps along the way bring them closer with each other.

During this 1-on-1 interview with Collider, which you can both watch and read, Dennings talked about the shenanigans Jules gets up to this season, the Cat Lady, how the dance class sequence came about, safely shooting a music festival, loving her co-stars, the importance of a collaborative relationship between actor and showrunner, and her hope they’ll get to continue doing the show.

Collider: This show is so much fun. What did you most enjoy when it came to the shenanigans that Jules gets up to this season, and what are you most excited about fans getting to see with these new episodes?

KAT DENNINGS: I’m really excited, personally, for people who liked season one to see all of the Dollface girls going into the magical realism element of the show. In season one, the Cat Lady is a way for Jules to act out her anxieties and her worst-case scenarios. Whereas this season, all the girls come into it and it becomes cathartic, not just for Jules, but for Izzy and Stella and Madison. So, I’m really excited for people to see that.

When you started talking to the Cat Lady, did you have any idea what that would develop into and how important of a role it would play? Were you ever worried that it wouldn’t work?

DENNINGS: I’m so lucky that I get to work with Beth Grant, the absolute genius icon that she is. I will take credit for this because I said, “We need to get Beth Grant.” From the very beginning, before anyone was cast, it was just, “Find a way to get Beth Grant because she’s the only person who can do this.” Somehow she agreed and we have her. With Beth, it’s so real, if you can believe that a huge cat head person can be real. She throws herself into all of her roles and she just takes you there with her in these scenes. I knew that we had something very special happening and that she would evolve, and the writers are always trying to give her lots of things to do, so that’s just incredible for me.

You have some fun moments this season. Two moments in particular that stood out for me were the music festival and the dance class. With the dance class, was there ever a moment where you considered trying to do the performance of the dance routine yourself, or were you always just like, “No, I’m not going to do it”?

DENNINGS: Interestingly, Jules was scripted to do the dance. What happened was, I was filming other scenes while all the other girls got to do dance rehearsal. So, I had to have a moment with our showrunner, Michelle Nader, and just be like, “I cannot do this dance. Either you’re gonna have to cut away from me or you just have to write that Jules is really bad at this dance.” She was like, “You know what? I think we can find a really funny way to do this.” And it ended up being one of my favorite moments in the entire season. Spoiler alert, Jules gives the dance instructor a doctor’s note to get out of dancing. It’s a very relatable moment. I think it’s more Jules than doing the dance, and I think that’s what I would do too.

How was it to shoot the whole music festival? What was it like to pull all of that off and make it seem like such a big moment, done in a more intimate way, so that everybody would stay safe doing it?

DENNINGS: Exactly. That was a real feat for our amazing DP and the crew. Not to give away the Hollywood magic, but as you said, it was about staying safe. We had our safe group of background performers, and they would maybe change clothes and come back, or walk through a few times. They made it look really packed and busy while only using our safe extras. It was really amazing. They did such a great job. Everybody was all about safety – the cast, the background performers, and the crew. It was a group effort, but I think it paid off really well.

It looked amazing. I thought it was a really genius way to pull all of that off.

DENNINGS: Thank you.

I absolutely love the friendship between these characters. The dynamic between these four is so fun to watch. What have you enjoyed about finding that, as characters and as co-stars, working with these other actresses?

DENNINGS: I love them all so much, and we really have a real friendship going on. Part of the magic of the show is seeing four real friends interacting because you really can’t fake that chemistry. Obviously, in season one, we got to know each other really well, and we all missed each other so much because something happened in between season one and season two, and we didn’t get to see each other at all. It was so amazing to finally see them all again, and it was a really special bonding experience. Brenda [Song] describes it as summer camp, and it was like that. We see each other for 15 hours a day, and we’re in little pods together. Brenda and I text each other from the same room. We’re all very close.

Were there conversations about how to handle the pandemic in the show and whether to address it at all? How do you feel about the way that it actually gets incorporated?

DENNINGS: Yeah, definitely. Of course. I think some shows may have chosen to just not do it at all, but that didn’t feel authentic. Our showrunner, Michelle Nader, who is a brilliant genius that I love more than anything, took the helm on, “Okay, how do we do this?” We actually had a different opening and she changed it close to the season wrap, to make it what it was. It became, “Let’s see all the girls during the pandemic, and what was that like? Were they together in a pod? What were they doing?” I think it was really important to show that Jules and Madison and the girls got to be together during all that. Their friendship got even more strong. And of course, there’s the comedy of Jules spraying her mail and stuff like that, which I did do. So, it’s dealt with, with a light hand, but we did not want to ignore it. Dollface, in its own way, is sort of a fantasy. The pandemic going away, of course, is not realistic, but for the show, it seemed like the right path.

How involved are you, as a producer on the show? Are there are aspects where you’re really involved and give a lot of input? Are there things that you found that you enjoy that you didn’t know you would enjoy before doing it?

DENNINGS: Yeah. Season one, especially, I was extremely hands-on and involved, just because this was my first big thing since my last show (2 Broke Girls) I was on. I wanted to really make sure that this was gonna be great, as my first big executive producing a thing that I was doing. I wanted to do the best job that I could, mainly finding the best actors for the roles, which of course everybody was involved in, but I’m so proud of being able to do that. As an actor, casting is terrifying. I’m really proud of how everybody came together. And season two, I still am very involved, but because Michelle Nader is there as our showrunner, and she’s somebody that I have worked with since the beginning of 2 Broke Girls, for 11 years, I trust her completely and she’s like another arm. I could calm down and relax a little bit this season.

What is it like to establish that collaboration between showrunner and the writers and the directors? How is it to find a voice among all that?

DENNINGS: It’s really, really important. A showrunner is the most important element of a show sometimes. That’s the person who’s the go-between with all the departments. That’s a hard job, and Michelle’s just unbelievable. She and I have a secret language shorthand already, so I don’t even have to worry about that. She’ll just text me and be like, “Okay, what do you think of this?” And I’ll be like, “Okay, great.” And then, it’s done. She has tentacles going into every single aspect of the show and I completely trust her. It’s a very rare relationship. It’s very lucky. It’s almost like a Ben Affleck/Matt Damon relationship, except on a way different scale. She’s the Ben Affleck. No, wait, she’s the Matt Damon. I don’t know. We switch off.

Even though Jules isn’t 100% sure of what she does want, by the end of this season, do you feel like she’s at least more centered and more sure about what she doesn’t want?

DENNINGS: Yes. That’s a really good way of looking at it. In season one, things are being hurled at her, and she’s just trying to get through it. She’s done all that work and I think she’s more ready to let things in, in season two, but so much is happening to her that’s good that she doesn’t know what to do again. Even though she’s made all this progress, she can’t fully work through it. She has definitely grown, and she’s more confident, especially at work, and more confident in herself, but she has a long way to go.

Have you already started our conversations about where she could go for season three? Do you try not to think that far ahead?

DENNINGS: I’m superstitious. I always assume one and done, for everything. I don’t think I decorated my dressing room at 2 Broke Girls until season five. I always assumed I just had to have my bag packed. I don’t really think about it. But of course, that would be incredible and there are all sorts of dream scenarios I’d love to see.

Dollface is available to stream at Hulu.


Written by Christina Radish for Collider, article published on February 13
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February 13th, 2022
 Get to know the cast of Hulu’s ‘Dollface’ season 2
Get to know the cast of Hulu’s ‘Dollface’ season 2

If you haven’t heard of Dollface, well…it’s about damn time you did! This original comedy on Hulu is all about the struggles of being a woman—from friendships and love to career and money. It’s super relatable, but also pushes things to the extreme for the full comedic effect.

The premise of the show may sound all-too-familiar because you probably know someone (or you) who’s been through a similar sitch. The story centers around Jules, a young twenty-something who loses her friends, her hobbies and interests, and herself after playing the role of the doting girlfriend. So when her boyfriend dumps her out of the blue, her world falls apart and she realizes that she missed out on so many important parts of her life.

In season one of the show, we see our heroine go through the motions of picking up the pieces. She tries to make up with her best friends, rediscovers herself, and embraces the new direction her life has taken. And now, season two is out! This time, the gals are dealing with welcoming their 30’s. But before you dig into those knew episodes, you need to get to know the whole squad first.

Kat Dennings

Character: Jules Wiley

Age: 35

Instagram: @katdenningsss

About her: Dennings plays protagonist Jules, whose post-breakup life we follow. Dennings has played multiple major roles before including Max from Two Broke Girls, Darcy in Marvel’s Thor and Wandavision, Norah in Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist, and more.


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February 12th, 2022
 Dollface Season 2 Is About Embracing Your Thirties
Dollface Season 2 Is About Embracing Your Thirties

The cast of the hit Hulu show on their real-life friendship, behind-the-scenes banter, and how to find your inner Pussycat Doll.

More than two years after debuting on Hulu, Dollface has returned for its long-awaited second season, bringing four best friends into a post-pandemic world where they try to discover who they are—and what they really want out of life—as they reach the end of their 20s.

After successfully rekindling her friendships with Madison (Brenda Song), Stella (Shay Mitchell), and Izzy (Esther Povitsky), Jules (Kat Dennings) must now find a way to keep the close-knit group together as the women navigate work, love, heartbreak and an ever deepening relationship with each of themselves.

In a joint Zoom interview with BAZAAR.com, the four leading ladies of Dollface discuss memories of their first meeting, the evolution of their characters in the show’s sophomore season, and the process of filming the show’s most memorable sequences, including an “anxiety tornado” and a dance number set to “Attitude” by Chamie.

Esther, in an interview with The A.V. Club, you said that Kat and Brenda were like Grace and Frankie—these crazy old ladies who would run around the set—while you and Shay were like the dead bodies who would sit around and talk about food. What do you all remember from your first meeting, and how would you say those dynamics have evolved into what we see in the show?

ESTHER POVITSKY: I want to correct that Shay gave them that name—Grace and Frankie—and I think I called me and Shay the dead bodies, ’cause [during] Season 1, we just literally laid with our feet up.

SHAY MITCHELL: We do.

EP: That’s our style.

BRENDA SONG: The funny thing is, since the first time we met, I don’t think our dynamics have changed. This is who we are right off the bat. It was just a safe space, and the funny thing I always tell people is that we are our characters in our friend group. If we were to have dinner—and this did happen when we tried to plan a dinner, I was very Madison. I was like, “We’re going to dinner. We’re setting it up. What are we doing?” And Shay’s like, “We’re going here.”

SM: Shay was late!

KAT DENNINGS: Just a little bit.

BS: And Kat was like, “How far is it from my house?” And Esther is like, “Um, is there gonna be food for me? What is there? I need to see a menu.”

KD: You had already made reservations like two weeks prior. You were like, “Okay, it’s at this time, it’s at this place.”

BS: I forced everyone to do it. I was like, “It’s happening.”

EP: I think, especially when we first met too, we were all so authentically ourselves. And the best days on set were the days when it was all four of us, because we were always on the same page, but also at the same time still so true to who we were that it just always felt like a fun sleepover and just like chaos and also lots of laughing.

BS: I’m surprised that we ever got any work done!

EP: Truly! But also, that’s not true, ’cause we’re such nerds. I’ve never been on a show where we would all gather around, like, “Okay, time to rehearse!” And we’d run through our lines.

BS: Well, I’m old and can’t remember anything anymore. So I have to do that, otherwise we’d be on set forever.

Kat, how would you describe Jules’ evolution this season from a woman who doesn’t know what she wants out of life to someone who doesn’t need the “emotional Secret Service” and who really comes into her own, both personally and professionally?

KD: I think Jules benefited from a little down time from her job to kind of come into her own during the “off” period. But the interesting thing of where we start in Season 2 is that Jules thinks she’s getting fired, she thinks she’s being laid off. And to her immense surprise, she’s promoted instead, so she’s sort of confronted with whether or not she actually wants to work where she works and if she actually wants this life. And of course, she says, “Yes.” And she becomes Izzy’s boss at work, so that kind of throws a wrench into her friend group, and she meets a cute boy … and there’s another cute boy, and she kinda has to figure that out. The roles are kind of reversed for her this season.

Brenda, Madison has always been an organized, straight-laced high-achiever, but her world is really thrown into disarray when she is fired from her P.R. company. What does she ultimately discover about herself when she is forced to establish herself on her own?

BS: I think Madison has never been at such a low, having this huge break up, so therefore she’s gonna put her focus on work—and then that [is] disappearing. This season was really important because it was all about her rediscovering herself—what she really wanted to do, finding her own self-worth that wasn’t in her job or the guy she was dating. And also just being confident in herself without having anything, being able to step out and try new things, breaking out and starting her own firm, having clients that she would normally feel uncomfortable having. I think this season is all about Madison trying new things and trying to step out of her comfort zone, which is obviously a very important lesson for her—and for everyone.

So this journey for her this year is really, really personal. And because she’s still a control freak, she has to focus on something, so she focuses on turning 30, and that is like her gripe this whole year. I remember when I was turning 30—which feels so long ago now—I was stressing out about it! Because it feels like such a milestone, like, “When you turn 30, your life should be here, you have all these places that you should be at.” And for Madison, she just wasn’t anywhere near that, and that could just cause so much self-doubt.

Shay, Stella goes on an intriguing journey when she agrees to start both a personal and professional relationship with Liv (Lilly Singh). Her storyline leads to an interesting exploration of queer families and allows us to see another side of her, because she has to start thinking about people other than herself. How does that relationship ultimately change Stella as a person, and what did you personally make of their heartbreaking final scene?

SM: It’s crazy ’cause I feel like Stella almost comes into her comfort zone in this season [with her] relationship personally with Liv, but also just working in a bar, which I feel is like her second home. She gets to work on her entrepreneurial side, so it’s less of that corporate world that she just didn’t fit into, so in one way, she comes into this comfort zone. But then at the same time, like you said, the responsibilities of now being almost a pseudo stepmom to Liv’s son is kind of a lot, and I think that, in the end, she realizes she’s not there yet and has to make that decision. It was a really heartbreaking scene to shoot, and I felt bad doing it because I think that Stella was finally in this zone of like, “Okay, I have the job that I want, I have this great relationship, I’m playing house with this whole family dynamic.” But, ultimately, it wasn’t really what she was ready for.

Esther, Izzy has this endearing relationship with Liam (Jayson Blair) that you can’t help but root for. But over the course of the season, she has to learn how to love herself—and it’s one of the reasons she chooses to initially break things off with him. For you, how do those really dramatic scenes compare to the comedic ones that you’re most comfortable with? Is there a different approach, or are you simply pulling from different life experiences?

EP: I would say it’s all the same, ’cause even comedy is like, you’re still playing it real and honest. But it was interesting playing Izzy this season because I feel like she made all the mistakes that I made in my 20s. She just ruined her life basically, and it’s like she just blows every opportunity. She gets the hot guy, she blows it. Her friend gets promoted at work, she makes that weird. And so I feel like I’ve done all these things when I was young and stupid, and it was kind of therapeutic to play them and be like, “Oh, I was like this.” And then it’s nice that she comes through it all in the end and grows, which is something I’m not that familiar with personally…

In the third episode, there is a funny practice session that tees up an incredible dance number. Kat, did you use your power as an executive producer to get out of that sequence like Jules did with a doctor’s note on a business card—

KD: Yes! Yes! God bless you! You got it right. I was supposed to dance in the script. In my defense, you guys got a lot of choreography practice, and I was filming other scenes, so I didn’t get to practice.

I also previously broke my ankle and it never really came back quite right, so I have a pre-existing injury and I missed all the choreography practice that these girls got to do. I saw the video—you guys were like the Pussycat Dolls! I didn’t know what was going on, and I tried to practice and I immediately threw my neck out. I was like, “I have the power, I’m gonna try to use it.” And Michelle Nader, our showrunner, found the way to make that funny instead of completely pathetic.

SM: But also, I feel like that’s what your character genuinely would have done…

KD: Same! Yes! Thank you! I had been through an hour of texting and re-writing with Michelle, and I was like, “Guess what? You’re on your own. Bye!” I think it’s perfect and, like Shay said, Jules would never do that dance—never. So the doctor’s note to get out of a dance is incredible, and I don’t regret anything.

BS: I do regret not being able to see you do that dance though, Kat.

KD: Well, you were never gonna see me because I couldn’t do that dance. You would see me in the hospital.

For the three ladies who did dance, what was the creative process like and how long did it really take for everything to come together? I know a few of you might have a little bit of a background in dance, and Shay, I’ve seen your TikTok dances as well.

BS: Oh yeah, that bitch is Beyoncé! [Mitchell shakes her head.] I made her go right in front of me so I could watch her every single move.

SM: We had a lot of fun doing it. It was a great workout. We were bruised head-to-toe, but it was worth it.

BS: And I’ve never done anything like that before. It was terrifying. I was, like, 12 weeks postpartum going, “I don’t know if my body can do this!” But it was so much fun. And actually, the thing was we only rehearsed for, what, an hour and a half, two hours maybe? And then, we had an amazing choreographer. They broke it down where it was so simple because I am so uncoordinated. I was so terrified ’cause I’m like, “I’m gonna make a fool out of myself, but if I do, we’ll make it funny.” But then it was really fun. I was really proud of us.

KD: Esther, you’re a professional dancer!

EP: Look, I just want to say, as a person who was a major in dance for one semester in college, Brenda and Shay are incredible dancers. Brenda thinks she can’t, and Brenda just must be good at everything by accident.

In the landscape of shows centering on female friendships, this show has managed to carve out a niche with its use of magical realism. Do any of you have a favorite memory that really sticks out from filming some of those outlandish sequences? How much of it requires you to really use your own imaginations to buy into the final product?

SM: Honestly, I watched the whole season three times over with different girlfriends of mine—sorry, I couldn’t wait. But the anxiety tornado, I think, everybody has gone through and is so relatable. I think that is what separates our show from any other. It is so relatable, you don’t get anxiety watching it, you feel good after finishing an episode, but everybody can relate to that anxiety tornado because we’ve all gone through and continue to do so. So that specifically for me, I didn’t really have to imagine a lot, I was just like, “Alright, bring it back to yesterday,” and then I think we were all in it.

BS: Also, that was insane to shoot—that was hilarious to shoot. It was towards the end of our shoot, we were all a mess. We were shooting in some random place in L.A. that I don’t even remember, that I just wiped out of my mind. And the thing that I love about the show in general—and even with the surrealism stuff—is that our characters are all so different, so you get to see four different perspectives and how they each individually deal with a single situation. And I think that kind of represents a bunch of different personalities, so someone can find one of these characters to sort of relate to, which I really, really love and [is] one of the things that initially drew me in.

KD: I have the luck of working with Beth Grant a lot in those sequences—and I don’t want to take credit for it, but I will take credit for Beth Grant, because as soon as I knew about the “Cat Lady” concept, I was like, “You guys, let’s try to get Beth Grant.” So I did that, okay? But first of all, she’s one of the great actors of our time, she’s been in absolutely everything, she’s a complete genius, so we were so lucky to have her. But this woman, her voice, her presence, like the way she really gets into character, which I’m gonna say is probably my favorite part of the magical realism behind the scenes. She will make cat noises and say things to me to get herself revved up for the scene, which is an incredible experience, but you really don’t have to imagine that much with Beth. Because even though she’s Beth Grant and she just has C.G.I. dots on her face, there’s no real imagination required, ‘cause she’s so in that character.

Shay and Brenda, in the third episode, Stella asks Madison, “Can’t we, as Asian women, own our sexuality too?” And even though that line was said in passing, it made me think of the way Asian women have been portrayed in Western media. Both of you have become cultural touchstones for multiple generations, and Shay, you’re now executive producing your first series, The Cleaning Lady, on FOX. What do you both make of the evolution of Asian representation, and how would you like to continue changing the narrative for Asian women in Hollywood?

SM: Yeah, absolutely. The Cleaning Lady, for me, it was very important to be able to put more of a minority group into these predominant roles. Our lead for that show [Élodie Yung] is incredible, but it is super important for us. And I think that’s why, even though it’s sort of a tossed line, it is important, and I think that that was something that my character even said in the beginning: “Why can’t she own her sexuality? Even if it is a stereotype, who cares? That’s her owning it.” And I think that it was really important that they put it in the show.

BS: I think it’s really important, especially in today’s day and age, that what the world really looks like is represented in media and TV, and I think we’re moving in a wonderful direction because it hasn’t always been that way. I think we’re so fortunate to have these opportunities now, and to be able to pay that forward is all we can really ask for and all we can really do. I think it’s really important, especially for this next generation and for these younger kids, to grow up seeing themselves represented in TV and media, because that’s something that, personally, I didn’t get much of.

And that’s really hard because that’s not what the world looks like—and especially in a show like this where it’s just about four girls. Yes, we’re all different races, we come from different places, and we touch on it. But at the end of the day, we focus on the fact that we’re just girls living life, and we’re not putting the focus on: “Well, I’m playing the Asian girl.” It’s like, yes, that is our background, that’s where we come from. But at the same time, we’re just living life and that’s not [what] we’re defined by, and I think that’s an interesting twist on our show. It’s the first time we really touch on something [about Asian women] and I think it’s something important that we should talk about and continue to talk about, and that was a really fun episode. Poppy [who plays Lotus Dragon Bebe] is incredible. She’s amazing. She was so funny, so sweet, so talented. I absolutely love her, and yes, I wish I could own my sexuality like her.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.


Written by Max Gao for Harper’s Bazaar, article published on February 11
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February 12th, 2022
 How the Dollface cast & crew made season 2 gay as hell
How the Dollface cast & crew made season 2 gay as hell

After being on hiatus for over two years because of the ongoing global pandemic, your favorite TV girl gang is officially back! 

The beloved comedy series Dollface makes its triumphant return back to Hulu for its hilarious second season, and picking up right where season one left off, we get to see the continued adventures of Jules (Kat Dennings) as she navigates life in her 30s with new romantic relationships, job opportunities, and most importantly, her continued friendships with her core group of besties Madison (Brend Song), Stella (Shay Mitchell), and Izzy (Esther Povitsky).

Season two also ups the ante when it comes to on-screen LGBTQ+ representation, introducing a few new queer characters to the roster and with Pretty Little Liars and You alum Shay Mitchell’s character Stella entering a relationship with a new woman in her life: a queer bar owner named Liv, played by bisexual YouTuber and talk show host Lilly Singh. 

Out got to chat with the cast and creators of Dollface to talk about making season two queer as hell, Asian representation, the need for more diverse casting in TV, and more!

“Being able to work opposite of Lilly was so much fun,” Shay Mitchell told Out about getting to explore Stella’s queerness alongside Lilly Singh’s Liv. “I love her. I’ve known her for a while now, we’re both Canadian, so that was really fun. But I also love the fact that the whole thing about [Stella] dating a girl wasn’t this big to-do. I thought it was really refreshing. Stella’s always been a fluid character, so you’re never really surprised, as an audience, to be like, it’s a woman. The same way you’re like, she’s in a throuple. You know that that’s Stella, and I love that about her.”

“I’m so glad we got to dive into that part of Stella this season because she was a character that I’ve always conceived of as queer or bisexual-identifying who just happened to be dating a guy in the one episode of season one that you got to see her date someone,” Dollface‘s creator Jordan Weiss added. “To get to show more of her love life and more of her story, specifically with her dating a woman this year, was something that we always knew we wanted to do in season two and that we were so excited to get to do. And Shay as a performer was super championing of it. She’s played a lot of queer characters on screen and is such an amazing advocate and a really dynamic performer.”

Season 2 of Dollface is now streaming on Hulu!


Written and interviewed by Raffy Ermac for Out, article and video published on February 11
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February 12th, 2022
 Kat Dennings could teach a master class in makeup removal
Kat Dennings could teach a master class in makeup removal

The star of Dollface shares her unique take on double cleansing, the products she can’t live without, and the discontinued products she’s living without — but just barely.

Kat Dennings loves — loves — to talk about beauty. This is not merely an observation, even though it was abundantly clear when I talked to her recently; this is an admission. “Beauty’s kind of like my favorite thing,” she tells me, followed by the five little words that serve as the secret handshake among those of us who became enamored of makeup before we were allowed to wear it: Making Faces by Kevyn Aucoin. Turns out we both got the legendary book, which she credits with changing her brain chemistry forever, as a Hanukkah gift in the mid-’90s. “The looks he did, like making people look like other people by changing your eyebrow shape or your lip shape or whatever, and all his diagrams on different lip liners — I mean, the whole thing made me obsessed with makeup.”

So it was a little strange that the first two drugstore products that came up in our chat weren’t, say, mascara and shampoo, but rather topical pain-relieving foam and Scotch tape. For nearly a week before our phone conversation, Dennings was tormented by an especially obstinate migraine that had finally lifted that morning. “I know we’re talking about beauty products, but shoutout to Biofreeze foam,” she says. We’ll come back to the tape later.

Dennings has been talking to journalists and fans cleverly disguised as journalists (hello, it is I, the latter of the two) about the second season of Dollface (premiering February 11), in which she continues to play Jules, one of the most relatable characters in Hulu’s vast array of streaming entertainment. Even Dennings relates to her — at least in terms of her makeup, which is very much in sync with the actor’s own signature look.

“I don’t think it’s a secret that I love a cat eye. That’s my thing. And yeah, so does Jules. It’s weird how that happens,” Dennings says. Dollface‘s head makeup artist, Cheryl Calo, applies Jules’s go-to false lashes — which breaks from Dennings’s real-life makeup routine — but Dennings insists on applying her cat eye herself for filming. “It’s controversial because I know that many makeup artists are amazing at it. It’s just that I know my eyes so well, and I can do it in three seconds,” she explains. “Also, I wear contacts, and I get really scared having things really close to my eyes.”

Always welcome near her eyeballs: Pat McGrath Labs Perma Precision Liquid Eyeliner. “Pat McGrath, has, in my opinion, the best liquid liner,” she says, though she also loves Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner.

Eye makeup is actually what Calo — and Dennings, as we’ve established — would start with when she was in the makeup trailer in order to spare Dennings’s skin from heavy complexion makeup as long as possible. “She would do my eyes first, and then we would do my foundation and concealer last. So it was great for her because any fallout, you can just wipe it off,” Dennings says. “But even though it might be 20 minutes, it’s still less time that the makeup’s on your face.”

Keeping on-set makeup off her face as much as possible has become a priority for Dennings, who, from the looks of her skin, is clearly doing something right. In fact, she has her own version of a double cleanse, you could say. “I used to break out a lot more, and now I kind of have this down to a science,” she says. “The second you can take it off, take it right off.” For Dennings, this means using Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes the moment she’s done shooting. Then, after a brief intermission — otherwise known as driving home — the second part of her double cleanse begins.

“I’m lucky enough to have a bathtub, and I have one of those little tables on it, and I keep removal products on that table so I can take it off in the bathtub again,” Dennings says, immediately prompting me to make a note in my phone to look into one of these bathtub tables for myself. She’ll then use either Clinique All About Clean Rinse-Off Foaming Face Cleanser or Weleda Clarifying Gel Cleanser with a “little silicone scrubby pad” she got on Amazon for three bucks. Her three-second cat eye is removed just as quickly with Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover

If she’s feeling especially fancy, Dennings adds yet another step to her cleanse: Bésame Cold Cream. “It’s like a ’50s-style cold cream, except not full of weird lead or whatever they had back then,” she says, which — OK, yes, good. “This is only if I’m really giving myself a treat. It just leaves your skin very soft.”

On the rare occasion that Dennings finds herself wearing glitter, the removal process is significantly less… wet. “We had a scene where we had a lot of glitter on our eyes, and I’m sure you know that glitter is the devil. So Cheryl’s tip, which is brilliant, is to take it off with tape — push it onto your eyelids, obviously being very careful,” Dennings says, clarifying that she means Scotch tape. Please, for the love of Hulu, don’t put packing tape or duct tape near your eyes. “No more sadly taking specks out of your nose a year later.”

Although it sounds like she’s got pretty much everything figured out in the beauty realm — and much of her Instagram content over the last couple of years would seem to confirm that — Dennings admits, there are a few things she’s still wrestling with. 

“I don’t mind telling you that I have gotten so many gray hairs. It’s, like, making me really upset. I don’t know what to do about it. So I’m in this weird place of, like, do I start dyeing my hair? Do I just give in to this happening?” she says. When I tell her she’d look awesome with a badass Bonnie Raitt-style silver streak, Dennings begs to differ. “Of course, Bonnie Raitt looks amazing, but I look like I just got scared a couple of times.”

Another beauty struggle: Where have all the great lip stains gone? “They always discontinue my favorite things,” Dennings says. “Do you remember the Vincent Longo lip stain?” Ugh, yes — they were so good. Also gone: “CoverGirl made my favorite drugstore stain. It’s just, like, a marker.” She lets out a completely justified grunt of frustration, followed by laughter.

So because her favorite lip stains have moved on to the big acrylic lip-color organizer thingy in the sky, Dennings is forced to get creative to achieve the lip looks she’s going for. “Anytime I wear something, people are like, ‘What is that? What color is that?’ I’m like, ‘Well, how much time do you have? It’s five different things.'”

It begs the question: Is it time for Kat Dennings to become the eleventy-thousandth celebrity to launch a beauty brand? And that question apparently begs another question, according to Dennings: “Who would buy the Kat Dennings line of anything?”

To which I say, my future bathtub table and I are ready.


Written by Marci Brown for Allure, article published on February 11
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February 11th, 2022
 Kat Dennings says Dollface season 2 is ‘kinda messy, kinda chaotic’
Kat Dennings says Dollface season 2 is ‘kinda messy, kinda chaotic’

The Dollface season 1 finale may have aired way back in November 2019 (Remember pre-pandemic life?!), but it’s likely you remember the carnage that ensued during a certain wedding showdown. Well, apparently the long-awaited second season isn’t going to be any more chill. “Kinda messy, kinda chaotic,” says star Kat Dennings when asked to describe upcoming episodes of the Hulu comedy.

Since it has been a couple of years, here’s a quick refresher: Dollface follows the recently single Jules (Dennings) who, after breaking from her longterm boyfriend, has to figure out how to reconnect with the best girl friends she abandoned along the way. Luckily, she has the help of a literal cat lady (majestically voiced by Beth Grant, though really just a figment of Jules’ imagination) to help her get things back on track with college besties Madison (Brenda Song) and Stella (Shay Mitchell), as well as forge a new friendship with coworker Izzy (Esther Povitsky). The season 1 finale saw all four girls gather at a friend’s wedding that Jules’ eccentric boss Celeste (Malin Åkerman) and her husband Colin (Goran Visnjic) were also attending.

But what about that mayhem you mentioned? we hear you cry. Well, first off, the bride was actually Jules’s ex-boyfriend’s sister — so pretty, yep, messy — and secondly, it turned out that Colin was actually Madison’s (married-but-planning-on-leaving-his-wife) boyfriend, a fact Jules decided to share during an impassioned toast where she defended her friend and shamed her boss’ husband.

When we pick back up for season 2 with Jules and co., the pandemic has been gone (“another fantasy element,” says Dennings) and our leading lady is about to return to the office and meet with Celeste for the first time since the wedding bombshell. “She doesn’t really know what’s gonna happen, but she assumes she’s going to be immediately fired,” says Dennings. “And instead, Celeste promotes her! Suddenly she’s Celeste’s right hand at work and she’s Izzy’s boss. It thrusts her into this new Jules life where things are the opposite of season 1.”

While things are looking up for Jules’ work life, Madison’s lofty career goals are faltering, which is highly distressing to the super-ambitious P.R. rep. “The cutest thing about this season is that Jules and Madison’s roles are reversed immediately,” explains Dennings. “Madison is usually the one who knows what’s going on, thriving at work, doing amazing, super busy. Just as Jules is being promoted but thinks she’s being fired, Madison thinks she’s being promoted, but instead she gets fired. There’s a really great episode where the two girls have opposite days; everything’s going amazing for Jules and everything’s going worse and worse for Madison.”

Jules and Madison aren’t the only ones seeing changes in their expected career trajectories. After moving to Philadelphia to attend business school at UPenn, Stella is back in L.A. and realizing that she wants to find a way to combine her party girl attitude with her business mind. “Stella’s realizing that she did all this work and she doesn’t even know if she wants to do this anymore,” says Dennings. “Just as she’s giving up, she meets a beautiful woman named Liv, played by the genius Lilly Singh, and they embark on a new business journey together to open a bar. So Stella is using what she learned in business school, but she’s melding it with her true self, which is fun.”

While Stella mixes work and play, Jules juggles two guys this season. Fans of Wes (Matthew Gray Gubler) will be glad to know he is still a presence in Jules’ life, but there’s also a new romantic interest on the scene to spice things up. “She and Wes are still kind of seeing each other, but this very annoying thing has occurred that’s come between them,” says Jules, adding that it’s “up to Wes to rise to the occasion and it’s unclear whether he’s going to do that.” As Jules waits for Wes to get his s— together, in walks an exceedingly tall and very attractive musician. Isn’t TV life great? “There’s also another cute boy, a character named Fender [Luke Cook, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina] and he really throws a wrench into Jules’ romantic life.”

When it comes to Izzy’s love life, however, she’s the only one standing in her own way. Having found that rare lasting pandemic love with a cutie named Liam (Jayson Blair) who’s genuinely crazy about her, Izzy can’t allow herself to believe that’s true. “It’s an interesting thing, because Izzy’s being made to feel bad for having a super hot boyfriend, which is so crazy,” says Dennings. “Her insecurities are really getting the better of her and she’s just letting anxiety take over this relationship. She’s just torpedoing this great thing in her life and we get to see Izzy making a huge mistake, but we’re also on her side all the time.”

The show makes a point of being on the side of women, rather than pitting them against one another, as evidenced by Celeste’s upcoming season 2 arc. Now that she knows that Madison was her husband’s girlfriend and also that Jules was aware of this, it’d be understandable if her feelings toward the girls were somewhat frosty, “but it’s dealt with than differently than you’ve seen on TV before,” explains Dennings. “It’s not the woman’s fault and it’s explored in this really great way where you see Celeste in a whole new light.”

All 10 episodes of Dollface season 2 arrive on Hulu Feb. 11. Watch a clip from the new season above.


Written by Ruth Kinane for Entertainment Weekly, article and video published on February 10
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