“I think there’s two [pieces of advice I’ve ever received]; there’s one that I’ve known for a long time and another that’s a little bit recent. Maya Angelou said that, ‘If someone shows you who they are, believe them.’ That’s probably the most sage wise advice out there. But I asked John Hamm what’s the best piece of advice he ever received, and he said, ‘stop talking.’ At the time I was like, wow, that’s actually pretty good. We’re here to listen and learn from everybody else so we can learn to become better people and we don’t need to listen to us we know what we’re thinking, so stop talking and listen. But only recently did I realize that maybe he was actually saying ‘stop talking.’ (laughs) It might be a great piece of advice or it may have been him just telling me to shut up. I don’t know.”

Hannah Simone

Actor. Los Angeles

By: Noah Lehava
Styling: Raleigh Seldon
Photography: Jake Rosenberg

Excuse us while we get a bit nostalgic and patriotic for a moment. As you may have guessed by our occasional Canadiana references, we hail from the Great White North. And if you’ve grown up around these parts, MuchMusic (think of it as the Canadian MTV), was a huge part of your pre and teen years (R.I.P Speakers' Corner). So when we see one of our very own VJs land a starring gig on one of TV’s funniest and most popular sitcoms currently on air, well, it makes us so incredibly proud.

We’re talking about Hannah Simone, the long-haired beauty who stole the on-screen heart of Schmidt as Cece on the sitcom New Girl, alongside the likes of Zooey Deschanel. We have to admit, she’s come a long way since her humble VJ days. So when Simone invited us to her L.A. digs to talk old haunts and her crazy new life in Hollywood, we quickly booked the next flight out.

As you probably predicted, the moment we walked into her home, it was as if we were longtime friends reuniting (it’s the Canadian friendliness, what can we say). And it wasn’t long before we got to rifling through her worldly wares of which she had picked up and haggled (a particular vice of Simone’s—but more on that below) throughout her travels. She’s somewhat of a nomad, we learned, spending parts of her life in England, India, and across Canada before settling here. You could say she made for good conversation. Don’t believe us? Keep reading below. Hint: There’s a Jon Hamm cameo. ‘Nuff said.

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