Ari Graynor may be one of the most peripatetic actresses working today, constantly jumping from television to movies to the stage. Fortunately, she has a home at the moment and takes Esquire there for a “Me and My Place” photo shoot.
“I’ve been in 20 different sublets and apartments over the past eight years. That one is definitely my favorite,” she tells the magazine.
“I’m in New York right now, doing a play. I’m in another sublet, in the West Village, doing Relatively Speaking.
The show is made up of three one-act plays by Ethan Coen, Elaine May, and Woody Allen.
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She plays “Nina Roth” in Allen’s “Honeymoon Hotel” segment.
“When I found out I needed another joke for this feature, I knew just the person to ask,” she adds.
Graynor was born in Boston and has a true Brahmin background. She attended Buckingham Browne & Nichols, a private school in Cambridge, and Trinity College, in Hartford, Conn.
“I played a lot of dress-up in my room,” she says of growing up. “I really liked being alone. I had a lot of friends, but I had an only-child, live-in-my-head personality.”
Her best known role came in the gritty New Jersey mob series “The Sopranos.” She played Meadow Soprano’s roommate, Caitlin Rucker, at Columbia University.
From there she landed a role in Drew Barrymore’s “Whip It” and has a slew of other roles in television, including one memorable “CSI: Miami” part, for which she shaved her head.
Ari seems to have a knack for coming-of-age films. She also appeared in 2008’s “Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist,” with Michael Cera.
She starred in this year’s “The Sitter,” a black comedy with Jonah Hill, who becomes a babysitter after he is suspended from college. One scene sticks out in her head.
“I’m basically a party girl, who wants drugs and to have guys go down on her with no strings attached. Which is not a bad idea. Not a bad idea,” she says.
“She’s a pretty smart girl. And this movie actually opens with Jonah going down on me. Which of course is my parents’ proudest moment.
“The only thing that made it funnier than actually doing that was that for the job I had just finished — a play by Paul White called Trust.
“I came out for my first scene rolled out on a bed with my husband in the play, Zach Braff, going down on me,” she says.
Check her out at her place.