We had the good fortune of connecting with Lauren Howard Hayes and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lauren, any advice for those thinking about whether to keep going or to give up?
Take my pandemic sourdough starter for example — I gave up on it quicker than you can say ‘yeast’. I tried to be all Food Network’s Pioneer Woman by making my own, but I didn’t have fun doing it! If the thing you’re working on isn’t bubbling over with happy carbon dioxide fungus pockets, chuck it and buy the store-bought loaf.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My TikTok is a mini SNL — I LOVE playing characters and doing impressions. My Melania Trump impression earned me 20 million views in 2020. My favorite vid I did was Melania and Dr. Jill Biden awkwardly running into each other in the restroom at the first Presidential Debate. That one snagged 2.5 million viral views!
What do you want the world to know about you?
Molly Shannon is my idol, I volunteer with the Motion Picture Television Fund, I love antiques, and I have a crap ton of character wigs! They’re all on styrofoam heads in my basement — it’s total nightmare fuel.
After the gnarly year we just had, all I want to do is wear more of my wigs and make people laugh!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
This is my “One Night in Hollywood Hostessing” fantasy: We start off with a gin cocktail at my place and I’ll give you the haunted tour of my 1920s house. (I’m convinced we have a ghost — she’s a sassy old woman). The tour will conclude in my spooky costume dungeon in our basement — always a guest favorite!
Brace yourself for the Uber ride, cuz I’ll be dropping Old Hollywood facts you never asked for. Then Sushi at Shintaro (I love this joint cuz they project Japanese silent films onto the wall — swoon). Then we’ll head to DJ Night at 1642 where we’ll listen to rare international pop records. The tunes range from the 1920s to the 60s, and these are songs you’ll probably never hear again in your life. Morbid, right?
Finally on Saturday morning, we’re grabbing some cash and hitting the estate sales. I once went to a Larchmont estate sale at the “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?” house.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d like to shoutout my kitty best friend of 7 years, Freddie Mercury! He’s my black cat who was an impulse adoption that set my life on a very different path. If you’re wondering what the heck that means, come to my solo show PRINCESS PARTY — cuz live theater is about to make its GRAND return!
I’d also love to thank my family, my friends, my therapist, store-bought sourdough loaves — and for comedy reasons — Melania Trump.
Carlos Parada Katie Wyland