Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce Star Talks About Her Show’s Controversial Ads

Lisa Edelstein on flipping the finger


Who Lisa Edelstein

Age 48

Claim to fame Stars as Abby on the Bravo series Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce

Base Los Angeles

Twitter @LisaEdelstein

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

I journal as soon as I wake up, so I suppose the first information I consume is from my own brain.

Tell us about your social media habits.

My go-to platforms would be Facebook and Twitter. I'm on Instagram, too, but it's all public, so I feel quite limited as to what I'm willing to post. Even when things are set to private they can still, somehow, end up in the public sphere. For me, all these platforms are for business, to talk about what I'm doing and with whom. I also use them to talk about issues that are important to me, but I even do that within limits. In my opinion, being in the public sphere is like having a really loud voice. People can hear you easier than others, but it also makes it that much more irritating if you talk too much.

What's your favorite app?

I love Photoshop Express. I love Waze, but I don't understand why people want to "friend" me on it. Is Waze really a secret hook-up thing? The Happy Cow app is incredibly vital to vegetarians and vegans. I put Flixster to work, for sure. And I'm desperately trying to end my relationship with solitaire.


What TV shows do you watch?

Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Kroll Show, Broad City, House of Cards, Mad Men, Bates Motel …

What's the last series you binge-watched?

I'm binge-watching Scandal right now to catch up on all things Paul Adelstein [her co-star on Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce]. Plus, it's a great show. The worst binge-watching I ever did was The Walking Dead. I'd never watched it. Then I got the flu. Then I watched four seasons in three days. I also played solitaire on my phone the whole time. So I was dreaming both day and night about zombies and red and black cards piling up on each other. Not healthy.

Some of the outdoor ads for Girlfriends' Guide, showing you giving the finger with the tagline "Go Find Yourself," were banned for being "inappropriate." Did that surprise you, especially considering some of the racier ads that do appear in public?

It was fantastic, wasn't it? My husband came up with that concept and art directed that whole campaign, so we were really invested in it on many levels. I think what's really controversial is that this poster was controversial at all. It really shines a light on how far we need to go in terms of women's rights, girl power and neutralizing certain gender expectations.

What's on your reading list right now?

I just finished The Year of Magical Thinking. I actually did the book on tape version. The only annoying thing about it was that for the entire length of the book, the reader mispronounced the name "Quintana" as "kwin-ta-na." I also read my friend Christopher Noxon's book, Plus One. It's funny and embarrassingly painful to look at what it's like for anyone who has to walk away when the photographers say, "Can we get a single?" on the red carpet. I'm desperately waiting for Constantine's Sword to come out [as an audiobook]—are you listening, James Carroll?— because it's such a great book, but it's 500 million pages long and I can't get anyone else to read it, which means I have no one to talk about it with.