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Top 20 Jews In The Arts - Andrea Seigel

Author Andrea Seigel sits down with Shalom Life for Day 19 of our feature.

By: Ashley Baylen

Published: April 30th, 2011 in Culture » Books » Interviews

Top 20 Jews In The Arts - Andrea Seigel

Over the next 20 days, ShalomLife will be presenting the Top 20 Jews In The Arts. One artist will be featured a day from various disciplines including visual arts, acting, writing, comedy, and music.

We sent the participating artists the same 30 questions with instructions to answer all, or just a few. Have fun learning about these fascinating individuals, and please check back daily to compare their answers. Enjoy!

Andrea Seigel

Andrea Seigel wrote and sold her first novel, Like The Red Panda, at the age of 22 it was named one of Amazon.com’s "Top Ten Debut Novels of 2004" and was also a semi-finalist in Barnes and Nobles Discover Awards. Her second novel, To Feel Stuff, was published in 2006. Most recently she published the young adult novel, The Kid Table, which has been optioned for film by Ivan Reitman's production company Montecito.

Having taught at Loyola Marymount University, Chapman University, and the MFA program at UC Riverside: Palm Desert, she currently teaches for the LA Writers Lab and the National University online MFA program. You can visit her website at www.andreaseigel.com, or follow her on Twitter at @andreaseigel, although you may not want to if you're sensitive about circumcision jokes

Where do you go when you’re lacking inspiration?

The dog park or to bed.

What's your favorite place to travel to?

Bentonville, Arkansas.

Do you have any pets? Tell us about them.

I have the best looking French Bulldog named Christmas, with the best personality. Other French Bulldogs are lucky she has a deep cowlick in her back fur or else she’d be destroying them all in every kind of dog pageant.

What's your favorite dish? Where do you normally get it?

At the end of the day, it’s probably still Kraft Macaroni & Cheese, and you can really get that from any grocery store of your choosing. Restaurant-wise, I usually eat a turkey cheeseburger and a slice of blueberry pie at least once a week at Pie ‘N Burger in Pasadena.

Who, in your opinion, is the most beautiful person on earth?

Sarah Silverman.

What's your biggest pet peeve?

Having to hug someone goodbye because they made me hug them goodbye either by force or gesturing with their arms out.

Are you religious? Spiritual? Nothing at all?

My religion is basically just to not wreck anyone else’s life.

What's your favorite movie?

Harold and Maude.

TV Show?

In general, Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Right now it’s probably the current season of Survivor. I’m really invested in Boston Rob winning.

Musician/band?

Nine Inch Nails, Neil Young.

If you weren't working in the arts, what would you be doing?

I hope I’d be a professional gift buyer, although maybe that’s still on the edge of the arts.

Can you offer a piece of advice to aspiring artists?

Don’t tell people at parties you’re an “artist” unless you paint.

Who's your best friend?

My boyfriend, Brent will get mad if I say it’s my dog. So, my boyfriend.

Do you play any sports?

Haha.

What are you better at than most other people you know?

Spending time by myself.

What is your biggest weakness?

Baby animals and sad animals.

Do you have any vices?

Impatience.

Is there a quote or motto that you live by?

No, and when people put up quotes or mottos on Facebook or at the bottom of their emails, I go nuts.

How would you describe your personal style?

Third grader in the mid-1970s.

What is your favorite song to sing?

I Can’t Make You Love Me by Bonnie Raitt.

Where is your primary residence? Do you consider this place "home"?

I live in Pasadena, and yes, although I talk about moving to Savannah, Georgia all the time.

Who's your favorite author?

Probably Bret Easton Ellis or John Irving.

Do you watch reality TV?

A ton of it.

Do you prefer road trips or flying?

I won’t fly at all anymore, so it’s kind of beyond preference.

What item do you never leave your house without?

A top on.

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