Tell anyone you are about to interview Kathryn
Hahn and the response is inevitably the same:
“I love her!”
Frankly, what is there not to love about Hahn? Whether people instantly recall her wildly comedic turns in Bad Moms, Step Brothers or Anchorman, or her more grounded performance in Transparent, or even her more dramatic work in Revolutionary Road and Captain Fantastic, Hahn has always left her mark as the woman you adore, connect with and, subsequently, would like to get to know better.
Therefore, an interview with her raises a lot of questions, like, is she nice? Yes, she’s lovely. Is she down-to-earth? Oh, yes. Is she as funny as she comes across on-screen? Her friends, Hahn reckons, would say yes—they would also let you know she’s messy, self-deprecating and, she adds, overly apologetic. “I’m historically the friend with whom you would go through an entire evening and then you would get a million texts after saying, ‘Oh, my god. Did I say something?’ ‘No.’ ‘Are you sure?’ ‘Yes.’”
What she isn’t, Hahn admits the day after her photo shoot for this magazine, is comfortable in the spotlight. “No, no, no,” she laughs. “This is not my comfort zone at all. I’m a little bit more of a moving target. I play better when I’m working with somebody.”
Hahn may simply have to get used to being the center of attention. This fall, she is not only releasing her first children’s book, My Wish for You: Lessons From My Six-Year-Old Daughter, she is also co-starring in the widely anticipated anthology series The Romanoffs from Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner. But maybe most importantly, Private Life—the independent film for which Hahn received much critical acclaim when it premiered at Sundance Film Festival this spring—finally released on Netflix Oct. 5.