A Few Questions For Our New BFF Sophia Rossi
If you don't know HelloGiggles.com yet...you're welcome. The silly, happy, girlie site is the brainchild of besties Zooey Deschanel, Sophia Rossi, and Molly McAleer, and it's hours of PG-13 entertainment sourced from their friends (Mindy Kaling!), writers from shows like New Girl, popular bloggers, and just ordinary girls who submit stories from their bedrooms. We are lucky enough to write for them -- see the Broke Girl's Guide to Throwing Your Own Beer Tasting and Are You a Broke Girl? -- but what we really want is to be their BFF. So, we called up Sophia and asked her a few questions in the hope of gaining some insight into how to become a true Hello Giggles girl.
BGG: We are unabashedly obsessed with Hello Giggles! How did the site come to be?
SR: Zooey, Molly, and I are all friends, and we realized that there wasn’t really a space for us creatively and humor-wise online. We were looking for something that was curated with all of the things we liked, but that was also positive towards women. Hello Giggles was born from that void.
BGG: You guys have had phenomenal growth! How did you blow up so quickly?
SR: Word of mouth, and the help of our community. We’re so blessed to have the support of female-centric shows like New Girl and 2 Broke Girls.
BGG: Are there other sites out there that inspire you?
SR: Yes! Rookiemag.com by Tavi Gevinson is a huge inspiration. Regardless of her age, she is someone we really admire.
BGG: What is it like in the Hello Giggles office? We imagine it’s like a non-stop sleepover with girls prank-calling, high-fiving, watching 80s movies, chugging pixy stix -- is this accurate?
SR: It’s like a summer camp! People are always coming over unexpectedly. They write from here or do a videochat karaoke from here. Maybe not pixy sticks, but coconut water, and a lot of gluten-free snacks!
BGG: A lot of the writing on Hello Giggles makes us very nostalgic (Judy Bloom, Punky Brewster, etc). Is your bedroom sort of like ours was, when we were 8, with My Little Ponies everywhere, and posters of hunks like Scott Baio? And, can we come over?
SR: You can come over anytime! I do have a My Little Pony in the office! I don’t really like stuff…but my TiVo and computer have a lot of nostalgia in them!
BGG: Most of our readers are LA-based, so we have some LA questions for you. Do you have any favorite comedy or improv clubs that you recommend for a nice pick-me-up now and then?
SR: UCB! We recently did a show there called "Overshare, Stories Too Personal For The Internet," in which Molly and some of our contributors told funny stories that they didn’t want to be on the Internet permanently.
BGG: An important part of our mission at Broke Girl’s Guide is to show girls that they don’t need a ton of money to have a fabulous life. Are there any affordable stores, restaurants, or freebies out there that you’re a fan of?
SR: I love BCBGeneration. It’s all really trendsetting but also affordable!
Here are some of our favorite recent postings from HelloGiggles.com: Dear Ryan Gosling; Single Girls Guide; Drake Doremus' Love Playlist; Which Babysitters Club Member Are You?; 7 British Actors Who Will Make You Swoon and so many more!
photo from HelloGiggles.com.
Nov 01, 2011 - 08:00 AM