First, a quick intro to the reason I’m here: MWF Seeking BFF. My memoir, which will be out in January, follows my yearlong search for a new best friend after moving to Chicago for love. It looks at how difficult–and hilariously awkward!–it is to make new friends as an adult. I went on 52 “friend-dates” over the course of the year, meeting potential pals through set-ups, pick-ups, speed-friending, RentaFriend.com (yes, it is what you think), and more. The book weaves those adventures with the latest research in the science of friendship. (And if you can’t get enough friendship in your life, I blog about the topic, too.)
Now on to the good stuff. As you’ll come to learn, I’m a bit of a pop culture junkie. A pop-culturist, if you will. There was a time when I thought I could create a career out of that title. Turns out it’s not so easy, unless your name is Ryan Seacrest.
My pop culture bible is Entertainment Weekly. And so, instead of writing a post sharing my hopes and dreams, I thought I’d take EW‘s Pop Culture Personality Test. They administer it to only the most fabulous celebs, but now I’m stealing it, because how else will I ever get my shot?
So here, a snapshot of me:
Name: Rachel Bertsche (married name is Rachel Bertsche Levine, but I write under Bertsche).
In high school I was: A pretty good kid. My dad was the assistant principal, so I tried to stay out of his office (except when I was stealing his Diet Cokes).
My American Idol audition song would be: “Goodbye Love” from Rent. Embarrassing but true. My best friend and I used to belt it out in her living room when we were 18 and had both memorized the soundtrack. I always got to be Mimi.
Window (though I always end up in the middle, so I can sit next to the husband. I must really like him)
If I had to gain 30 pounds for a role, I would eat: French fries, mashed potatoes, tater tots. Do you sense a pattern? Also, pizza.
The Breakfast Club character I most identify with:
Brian Ralph Johnson
Perhaps if Molly Ringwald’s and Anthony Michael Hall’s characters had a lovechild, that would be me.
Do you have any tattoos? Piercings? What (and where) are they? No tattoos. Pierced ears.
The first famous person I befriended: Please. I’m not friends with any famous people. Though I’ve interviewed my fair share of celebs for work and always felt that Cobie Smulders of How I Met Your Mother and I could be great pals. She was total BFF material. And she said I “seemed cool.”
After I’ve had a long day, I like to kick back with:
Glass of pinot noir
The first R-rated movie I saw: I couldn’t remember so checked in with Mom. “Dirty Dancing when you were in Kindergarten. You begged to watch it but I wouldn’t let you, then you slept at your friend’s house and her mom put it on for you! You came home and said, ‘I had fun, we watched Dirty Dancing’ totally like it was nothing. I couldn’t believe her mom.” At least I didn’t lie! Turns out DD was only PG-13, but it’s still a good story.
The person I’m most often mistaken for: I really don’t have a celebrity doppelganger, but people often reference Keri Russell circa Felicity when they see my long curly hair.
The most underrated performer in my field: Maybe my other Debs? But we won’t be underrated for long! I also adore all of AJ Jacobs’s books.
My porn name is: Pepper Kent (Childhood Pet + Street You Grew Up On)
That’s me in a nutshell. Can’t wait for the year ahead! And, please, chime in with any pop-culture personality answers of your own below.