The Insider: Molly McAleer
You probably know Molly McAleer—or, er, Molls—through one of the bajillion boss things she does: Writing for CBS’s 2 Broke Girls, co-running the girl-power-fueled HelloGiggles, which she founded with Sophia Rossi and Zooey Deschanel in 2011, and posting over at her insanely popular blog, Molls She Wrote. Here, we asked her some Qs, and felt cooler just by doing so.
Q: Did you always want to go into TV?
A: Some days I’ll tell you no. Some days I’ll tell you that I did, but I didn’t know it. I don’t think I believed I was even eligible for this type of job. But now that I have it, it’s clicked.
Q: Growing up, were there any shows near and dear to your heart?
A: Off the top of my head: Roseanne, Beverly Hills: 90210, and Pee-Wee’s Playhouse.
Q: What are some of your essential reads?
A: Online? I never miss anything by Caragh Poh, who also writes at HelloGiggles. I’m a big Maggie Mason fan, too—her Life List project is really inspiring. Oh, and I’m obsessed with Cat Marnell because duh. Offline, I read People magazine every week and whatever I get my hands on that looks interesting. I’m mostly drawn to true crime and celebrity memoirs.
Q: Do you have a style icon?
A: Gwen Stefani always and forever, but I don’t have the guts to push boundaries in my day-to-day life. On my best day these days, I want to look somewhere in between Jackie O. and Dolly Parton—like, Fran Drescher on The Nanny.
Q: What was your most exciting purchase ever?
A: New Year’s Eve 1999, going into 2000, I chose to babysit instead of going out with my friends knowing that I’d get a huge bonus for spending the first hours of the new Millennium watching MTV on a leather couch. I got the red Polo Ralph Lauren purse that I’d been eyeing for months with that money. I felt like the coolest girl in the sophomore class.
Q: What you hate about fashion, in three words.
A: Other people’s thoughts.
Q: If your life had a soundtrack, what songs would be on it?
A: Paul Simon’s album Graceland. It’s my favorite of all time. Let’s put Jay-Z’s “Allure” on the end of that mix, too.