#230: Ivy Wolk
Ivy Wolk on The C-Word, Reading a Play With Friends, Fight Videos, and more.
Cool people like cool things, which is why we asked Ivy Wolk to share a taste of her taste on Perfectly Imperfect.
Ivy Wolk is a Los Angeles-based actress, writer, comedian, and former TikTok sensation (@lives_in_a_society). She can be seen in Hulu’s Everything’s Gonna Be Okay and Netflix’s The Bubble, and she’s featured in the upcoming Peter Vack-directed epic www.RachelOrmont.com that’s starring Chloe Cherry, Betsey Brown, and Dasha Nekrasova. You can also spot Ivy in the The Adam Friedland Show where she auditions to replace Nick Mullen as a co-host. Lucky for us, Ivy is here to tell us what she’s been into.
Without further ado
Ivy Wolk (instagram, instagram2, substack)
Lena Dunham and Alissa Bennett’s podcast The C-Word has got to be my favorite of all time. As gen-z’s premier princess of ignominy, the comprehensive knowledge and history put into each episode has definitely helped me reckon with my own status as a controversial queen in a canon of women who have been gutted by the court of public opinion since pop culture’s dawn. This is some excellent broadcasting, and a project with this much heart and dedication is well worth the subscription to Luminary. Nothing makes my heart sing like long deserved vindication.
One thing about me is I looooove mess. Finding nosey.com last year was a game changer and only added fuel to the fire that is my love for trash television. Programming hundreds of episodes of God’s greatest tabloid talk shows, nosey.com is my go-to when mama needs her some Maury. No stone goes unturned or unexploited… watching Sally Jesse Raphael try to wrap her head around adolescent anorexia was particularly a treat. Notable titles now streaming include: “Do You Really Believe That 70 Year Old Is The Father?”, “My Uncle Stole My Wife”, and “My Son Is Blind… But I Can See That’s Not His Baby!” Nosey celebrates a bygone era for TV, the likes of which I doubt we will ever see again. This is history, bitch!
🎥 🥊 Fight videos
Again, I love mess. I only went to high school for a year before leaving to do independent study (I thought I was gonna be famous but ended up working at the mall so I lost the ability to write with a pencil for basically no reason) and the thing I always found myself missing was a good tussle. I remember this one foggy morning when two girls duked it out in front of the bathroom stall while I shat before first period choir class and I can’t help but smile. A public fight is a beautiful, erotic thing; it’s a flash in the pan of boundless energy and unfettered passion, providing a very primal catharisis that words just cannot. When these moments are captured on camera, I can live vicariously through my fourteen year old self who was once the gleeful Snapchat voyeur at the scene of the crime. Reddit and Twitter are rife with great fight pages if you ever need to indulge yourself with something feral and nasty.
📱📚 The Kindle
The only way I’ll read. Sorry for killing print media but all acclaim for my work has been published digitally so I’m going to be biased! It’s just so convenient and easy. I love to read in the dark before I sleep and you just can't do that with paper! Pulling one of these out in public is definitely crazy and you do lose the slinky exhibitionism that comes from a whole subway car knowing what hardcover title you’re pouring over, but I really think the pros outweigh the cons. Invest in an e-reader and be one with the future.
This video always makes me laugh. My mom called it “gross and sad”.
🎭 Reading a play with friends
Did this for the first time back in July. I have never chain smoked more cigarettes or laughed harder than I did that night. Go to a drama bookshop or a library, pick out something random with an ensemble big enough to fit your group, and just go crazy. It’s pure fun and so silly but also really creatively engaging. We read some new-ish work called Family Furniture and it was pretty terrible, but it was a great time stumbling through it. All you need is a living room and the chutzpah to get choicey and you have a night made!
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