I tell everyone that I grew up in a Friday Night Lights town up in North Jersey. Everyone [there] was like, “Oh, the football game, the prom!” And I’d be like, “Oh, I’m so hungover and I have exams tomorrow. I’m catching up on homework, sorry!” There’d be a girl in gym class crying because her boyfriend was Facebook-messaging another girl and I’d be like, “Oh that’s cool, I just found out my boyfriend’s doing heroin.” I’m not discrediting the experience of those kids, but I just went through that stage of life way, way earlier because I was an independent person, adventuring to New York and going through shit. I had to fucking hold my own. My parents were super young when they had me so they were super busy a lot, paying the bills and working all the time. They were so great though. I don’t think I’d be in the same position as I am today if I didn’t have the freedom I did as a teenager.
“I get attached to things: I wear the same jeans for a year. I’m not a purist so it’s different kinds all the time. Now it’s shoes actually - I’ve worn the same kind of shoes for three years. I wear them till they fall apart and they are just the most comfortable. For me, with a character you start with the shoes.”