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Hannah Einbinder

Hannah Einbinder Shifts Into Overdrive

With HBO Max’s hit comedy series, Hacks, back for its second season, we talked to the actress about her favorite road trip junk food and what she’s learned from Jean Smart

Hannah Einbinder’s road trip experience is limited to time spent in the car heading to stand-up gigs and parallel parking on the streets of Los Angeles. But that doesn’t mean that the 27-year-old comedian and actress doesn’t enjoying being in the driver’s seat. And now, with the hit comedy series, Hacks, back for its second season and streaming on HBO Max, the headlights are shining bright on her. Einbinder was Emmy-nominated last year for her role as Ava, a young comedy writer who, after a Twitter controversy, lands the only job she can find: writing for legendry stand-up comic Deborah Vance (Jean Smart) in Las Vegas. In season two, the dark mentorship between the two stand-up comedians continues to evolve as the two travel across the country workshopping Vance’s new stand-up act.

DuJour talked with the Los Angeles native about her own favorite road trip must haves.

Where have you road tripped?

I’ve taken a few road trips to Zion National Park that were so awesome. But other than that, my long periods of time spent in the car are usually driving to places like San Diego or San Francisco for gigs! 

What do you listen to on a road trip?

Well, my favorite podcast is Poog. Kate Berlant and Jacqueline Novak have kept me company on many a long drive. They are the funniest, smartest, most gorgeous women alive. Also love that vibey alt stuff in the realm of Beach House, Alvvays, Tops, The Marias, Mazzy Star, etc. Music I can play in the background of my thoughts.

What’s your fast food mainstay?

I hate to say this but Burger King wins by virtue of them having a vegan whopper!

Are you a good driver?

Define good. Like, if good means that I obey all traffic rules…no. But if good means resourceful and quick and aggressive, then yes. I am! Growing up in L.A. and learning to drive here has made me love driving so much. I’ve been called the best parallel parker south of the 405.

Jean Smart and Hannah Einbinder in "Hacks" season 2

Jean Smart and Hannah Einbinder in “Hacks” season 2

Who would you want to be stuck in a car with?

I’d want to do a road trip with my best friend Ellie. We never run out of stuff to talk about, and we love the same snacks and we’d both drink a lot of water so we’d have to stop to pee at the same time…she’s just the best person I’ve ever met. I love her, wow.

Do you think Coca-Cola is better from the fountain?


Have you ever been on a cruise before?

Never been on a cruise! I’d love to go on one if it was like…a cool alt music festival and/or young queers!

What fashion tips have you learned from Jean Smart?

To know what colors are good on me! Every color is good on her, though. Isn’t she beautiful?