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9 Nov

#WCW with Jennifer Kaytin

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Here at Twinseperable HQ, we are giving ourselves 24 hours to mourn the possibility of what could have been, and then we are putting on our armor and getting shit done.

Instead of focusing on the hatred and fear that has been exposed in this country, we are choosing to focus on the incredible movement of pantsuit clad #bossladies and our supporters (some of whom are donning iconic pantsuits in solidarity) who have banded together to comfort each other, inspire each other, and to fight for all.

Today, on #WCW, we choose to honor a huge inspiration in our lives. She is one of the baddest #bossladies we know and we are privileged to call her our cousin- Jennifer Kaytin Robinson.

The 28 year old Robinson is less than a week away from the premier of the MTV series Sweet/Vicious, an incredibly relevant commentary on feminism, rape culture and injustice on college campuses.

The show, which she created, wrote and executive produced has come at a time when voices need to be heard, and we know for a fact her 4’11” frame has the capacity to do it.

Though it does not premier until Nov. 15th, MTV rolled out the first three episodes online and on the app. This show is meant to give a voice to men and women of all ages, gender and sexual orientations and races who may not have felt represented before. It gives a voice to a movement that deserves any and all the attention it can get.

We are so incredibly proud of you Jennifer and cannot wait to see what other trails you blaze.

See below for a quick (and somewhat random) 23 questions with Jennifer, and make sure to watch Sweet/Vicious on MTV!

 

1)      What would the title of your biography be?

Nasty Woman

2)      What is the most discouraging thing you’ve experienced?

It’s hard to say because every time I felt discourage I used is as fuel to push myself forward.

3)      If you could live the rest of your life in one brand what would it be?

Reformation

4)      If you had to describe Sweet/Vicious in one word:

Can’t do it. Can’t even do it in the title!

5)      If you had to describe yourself in one word:

Girls, come on. No woman should ever be boiled down to one word. Celeste Ballard, one of the writers on Sweet/Vicious, recently described me as indomitable and I think that is a pretty good one.

6)      If you had to describe yourself as one cocktail:

I fancy myself a Moscow Mule.

7)      What is your favorite food?

Give me all the chicken all the ways. And fries. Also ice cream. Mostly chocolate?

8)   What is your favorite song?

Right now, I really like this song Love Like We Used To by Captain Cuts 😉

9)   Do you have a favorite article of clothing?

Sweatpants. All the sweatpants. Also my sweatshirts. The cozier the better.

10)   Who is the biggest inspiration in your personal life?

My mother. She taught me everything I know, and she’s the strongest person I’ve ever met.

11)   Who has been your biggest inspiration professionally?

I think this answer lies somewhere in between Tina Fey and Quentin Tarantino.

12)   If you weren’t writing and producing, what would you be doing?

I would run a small Boston Terrier dog circus.

13)   What were you doing the moment you had the idea to write Sweet/Vicious (or “Little Darlings” as it was previously titled)?

I had just quit my job to pursue writing, and I sat down to really take inventory on what was important to me, what I wanted to say.

14)   Do you remember having an “aha” moment when you realized this was all happening?

It all happens so fast, all the moments can bleed into one another quickly. I tried to take a moment as each milestone was passed to really appreciate what was happening.

15)   Does it shock people when they hear that Eliza (one of the leads)  has a British accent?

Yes. Our director of the first episode didn’t know until about two weeks in…

16)   Did you feel that your young age and the fact that you’re a woman made it harder for you to be heard?

I do not, but I think we are living in a time where women are noisier and people are more inclined to listen. Even five years, ago I don’t know if I would have had the same experience.

17)   What is your favorite TV Show (past and present) and why?

I don’t have one favorite but some of my all times are: 30 Rock, Breaking Bad, Friday Night Lights, Gilmore Girls, The Sopranos, GIRLS, and Friends

18)   Are any of the characters, locations, etc. in the show named after people, places or things in your personal life?

Of course! The bar in the pilot is named for my dog Beans!

19)   What would you say to the people who say the show is about man-bashing

I’d say, did you ACTUALLY watch the show? It was very important to me and everyone that worked on Sweet/Vicious that it was not about bashing men. We do not exclusively go after men on this show. There is a full episode dedicated to taking down a sorority that is hazing their pledges.

20)   Were there any jokes or pranks on set?

Taylor (the other lead) liked to come up behind me when I was sitting at video village and get RIGHT IN MY EAR and whisper, The Whisper Song. It scared the shit out of me every single time. I started to have people around me keep watch and tell me if she was approaching. She is the devil.

21)   What would your advice be for someone who has lost their sparkle?

Turn on some ‘Yonce, take a good long dance in the mirror and GET BACK OUT THERE AND KICK SOME ASS. There is a line is episode 108, it is something my mother tells me: “No one can break you unless you give them permission.” Everyone has sparkle inside them. Some days it’s going to be brighter than others, but it is on those days where you feel a little dim that you gotta remind yourself you are strong and you are worth it.

22)   Did you base Darlington off of personal college experiences?

I didn’t go to college, but we definitely had discussions in the writers room about other people’s experiences. Darlington is definitely a heightened environment but we did our best to make sure that it portrayed modern college life as accurately as possible.

23)   What do you think is next for you?

I’m writing a movie now called Hold My Gold which I am also executive producing for Gold Circle and Paul Brooks who made the Pitch Perfect franchise. Super pumped to be doing that!

 

These questions don’t begin to scratch the surface of the incredible woman Jennifer is. However, they definitely offer some insight,  for those who are not so fortunate to know her closely, into the strong and hilarious BAD ASS that is Jennifer Kaytin Robinson.

Ariana Levy
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