New yorker magazine article on online dating
I nervously set the table, worried that the five taxidermied chickens in my dining room would upset my sensitive guests.Luckily, if they noticed, Woodley and Larson did not comment. “We have a primal connection,” Woodley said as she embraced Larson.They are outspoken about their goals and philosophy, part of a New Age continuum, on everything from what parts they want to play to what they want to eat.On the healthy-living front, both are particularly passionate: Larson is an avid locavore (as well as a vegan), and Woodley has seriously considered becoming an herbalist.I worried that she was going to disapprove of my non-ecocentric bulbs, but instead she said, “It’s so good to be out of the fluorescent light in the hotel.” Larson sat down at the table. “Lately, I’ve been getting too much attention with the Met Gala and work going so well that I try to find rejection in my day.
In fact, it was great.” They became fast friends on the set of The Spectacular Now in 2012, a coming-of-age drama about a scholarly high-school girl (played by Woodley) who falls in love for the first time with her roguish, quasi-alcoholic classmate.
Making a meal for two women who are, collectively, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, and actresses on the cusp of superstardom is not easy.
Styling by Sara Jane Hoare; Makeup for Larson by Fulvia Farolfi for Chanel; Hair for Larson by Teddy Charles; Makeup for Woodley by Roxy at the Magnet Agency using Rejuva Minerals; Hair for Woodley by Keith Carpenter at The Wall Group; Sweaters by the Row.
It seemed to me that their common vision—a hippieish wish to alter the system while doing great work in a business that is tough for women—would blossom in an organic manner over dinner.
Since both Woodley and Larson are throwback California girls who disdain the fake and impersonal, I reasoned that a restaurant would be too cold for them. They were both in New York: Larson was in town at the invitation of Prada to attend the Met Gala, and Woodley, who was also going to the Met extravaganza, was in the middle of a two-day press junket for her latest film, The Fault in Our Stars, which is out June 6 (both are adept at the Hollywood rules).