Kathryn Hahn on Binge-Watching, Fashion Blogs and Why She’s Not on Social Media

Also, what she Googles right before bed

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Age 42

Claim to fame Star of She's Funny That Way (in theaters Aug. 21) and M. Night Shyamalan's The Visit (Sept. 11); guest stars as Rabbi Raquel on Transparent (Season 2 premieres on Amazon Prime Dec. 4)

Base Los Angeles

Adweek: What's the first information you consume in the morning?

Kathryn Hahn: Besides the contents of my fridge, I would say The New York Times is my homepage—that's the first thing I check—and I do love Vulture.

Tell us about your social media habits.

I am not on any social media. I don't have a Facebook page or a Twitter account. Instagram seems really appealing to me and I'm always kind of lurking on there. I'm such a grandma.

When you're lurking online, what blogs or websites do you look at?

I would say my kind of website porn would be fashion blogs like Look de Pernille and Elin Kling's The Wall. It's all silly stuff. Remodelista is something I'm into. And I love the Man Repeller—she's extraordinary. I'm not going to lie to you, I do like looking at Gawker. Defamer makes me feel dirty, but I can't help it. They're doing this thing right now, 500 Days of Kristin [Cavallari], and it's so snarky, but it all just makes me laugh. It's pretty amazing.

What's your favorite app?

I like iTunes. Is that an app? Oh my god. This is embarrassing. I live under a rock.

What TV shows do you watch?

I just finished watching Getting On. It's amazing and I didn't realize it was only six episodes a season. All of those women are extraordinary. I've been a Niecy Nash fan forever, and she does such beautiful and quiet work in this. I'm really into Togetherness. It's really grown on me. I always loved Portlandia; it's like candy. I started watching Penny Dreadful, which I really dug. And Game of Thrones.

Do you prefer to watch shows as they air or are you a binge-watcher?

I'm a binge-watcher. The shows that I watch when they air—because I have two kids—are, like, America's Funniest Home Videos, which is a classic. I also love any documentary on HBO Go. I'm always searching.

What's on your reading list right now?

A People's History of the United States [by Howard Zinn] is on my list. I was reading Our Cancer Year by Harvey Pekar and Joyce Brabner, which is a graphic novel. And I just read Brain on Fire [by Susannah Cahalan], which was quick and I was really into it.

How about magazines?

You know what is bad? I haven't bought a magazine in years. I used to spend so much money on them. I loved the ritual of going to get a Vogue and flipping through it, but now I just look online. But we still [subscribe to] The New Yorker and Harper's and The Atlantic.

How do you wind down before bed?

Usually by watching something or going online. I'll Google something—like Scientology, or just somebody that I'm really interested in—and go down the wormhole. This sounds horrible, but I'm really obsessed with the home-schooling method that the Duggar family has been using. It's called, like, ATI. It's really complicated and crazy.

This story first appeared in the Aug. 17 issue of Adweek magazine. Click here to subscribe.

@KristinaMonllos kristina.monllos@adweek.com Kristina Monllos is a senior editor for Adweek.