Q&A | Aisha Muharrar

I'm not exactly clear on how I first met Parks and Rec writer and co-producer Aisha Muharrar, but I think it had something to do with Twitter and our mutual love for Molly Ringwald. Turns out we live just a few blocks apart so we can frequently discuss things of great importance in-person, like the best local restaurants that also serve up free wifi, cheap foot massage places, and what is happening between couples on TV shows. I usually also ask 100 questions about Parks and Rec (more specifically Ron Swanson). But today we unplugged a little and took a stroll through Griffith Park, where she told me just how important our parks really are (and that Nick Offerman really does know how to build a canoe by hand). 

If not in Los Angeles, I would live in...London. For a while now, I've had a fantasy of moving to London, becoming an editor of a British magazine, and marrying a barrister.

My dream holiday would be to...New Zealand and Australia.  

My current obsessions are...

Food: Scones.  

Music:  The Lumineers. I just went to their concert at The Fonda and they were fantastic. The cellist Neyla Pekarek is my new hero. 

Fashion: MiH jeans.

Retail Store: Library in Larchmont Village.

The fictional characters I most relate to are...Identifying with fictional characters is one of my favorite hobbies. As a kid, it would have been Harriet the Spy. Then later Alice from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Emma from Jane Austen's Emma, Lisa Simpson, Diane Court from Say Anything, and probably also Lloyd Dobbler from Say AnythingAnd I obviously identify with Leslie Knope. Like any reasonable woman, I love waffles and Ben Wyatt.

If I had to be outdoors all day I would...head to the beach.

My favorite quality in a man is...compassion.

My favorite quality in a woman is...honesty.

My cocktail of choice is...a whiskey ginger.

The beauty product of choice is...Burt's Bees Honey & Shea body butter.

I channel my childhood self when I...go to a library or bookstore.  

I'm terrified of...spoilers.

My dream car is...Cher's Jeep in Clueless.  It's got 4-wheel drive, dual side airbags, and a monster sound system!

My celebrity crush is...Joseph Gordon-Levitt.  I thought he was cute when I was a kid and Angels in the Outfield came out. And he still holds up.

My friends and I like to...make watching a television show a major social event.

If I could go back in time for one decade it would be...The 1940s so I could befriend Katharine Hepburn. 

As a teenager I was totally into...daytime soaps. It started out as a way to bond with my grandmothers, and then I genuinely got into them.  

I tend to splurge on...birthday presents. I love picking out presents for people.

My mom...is what makes me have Tomboy Style. She has an effortless feminist quality that I admire.I can't remember her ever saying, "girls can do anything boys can do." She just led by example and as a result, I never hesitated jumping into any situation that was mostly guys, whether it was comedy or anything else.
November 04, 2012 by Lizzie
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