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Meet Ayo Edebiri, the Breakout Star of FX’s Intense New Show The Bear

What’s the weirdest thing you do in your alone time?

Watch British mystery series. Maybe that? I’ve also really gotten into scrapbooking. Oh yes, that’s weird. It’s something I started doing on sets to not use my phone. When I’m cutting and gluing and going through stickers that I bought on, like, Etsy and random Korean stationery websites, people are like, “What’s going on?” And I’m like, “Really good question. You are right.”

What’s the sexiest thing about you?

I think I have like an…I work hard. That’s good. My voice immediately got quiet [Laughs]. I have my original teeth? I think that’s fun. Ever since I moved to LA, my dentist—who I love and will die for—is always like, “When are we getting Invisalign?” And I’m like, “Girl, they’re staying jacked up. You got to keep the shape. We got to keep them au naturale, jagged.”

Well, that’s like every person in British murder mysteries, isn’t it? Their teeth are all theirs.

Exactly, exactly. That is why representation matters to me [Laughs.]

What is a dating “rule” that you think is B.S.?

I don’t know, I feel like there’s always rules about responding. When you first start dating, where it’s like, “I don’t want to respond too soon,” or, “I don’t want to seem too eager” or whatever. I feel like it’s nice to try.

What’s the most romantic thing you’ve ever done?

I mean, well, okay. I think it was romantic, but it wasn’t romantic for me. I got my parents a couples massage for Christmas. I think that counts. But now I’m like, Was it weird that I said that that’s romantic?

No, gift giving is a love language!

My love language is gift giving. I like thinking of specific gifts for people.

Who was your first celebrity crush?

Oh, man, I had a bunch that were pretty serious. Leonardo DiCaprio was a big one.

What was the first thing you saw him in?

I think Titanic, maybe. I had a friend who had a bunch of movies that he was in, just the DVDs and VHS tapes at her house, so you didn’t even have to rent them. We could just watch Titanic and Romeo and Juliet, over and over again. It’s kind of a basic [crush]. I also had a crush on my piano teacher, but he wasn’t a celebrity.

He was a celebrity to you, and that counts.

He was, absolutely, he played the piano and he had dreads. I thought that was so cool. And another was just a girl who worked at Dunkin Donuts near my school. I begged my mom to get a donut everyday so I could just talk to her.

What’s your go-to hangover cure?

You know, I don’t really get hungover often, but if I feel like it’s gonna happen, I drink a bottle of water and then Tylenol before I go to bed. I like preventative care.

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