Vixen Chat: ‘Brooklyn Nine Nine’ Actress Stephanie Beatriz on Andy Samberg and a Single Girl’s Guide to L.A.


Stephanie Beatriz

Which is easier—comedy or drama?

I don’t know if either one of them are particularly easy. I love things that have a mix of both. My favorite kind of stuff is when things feel really real and then you laugh in the middle of it. I do have a soft spot for Shakespeare and American classic plays, but I love the challenge of comedy.

What would you like to tackle next as far as your acting?

I would love to do a play on Broadway someday. I love the feeling of having a live audience there because you are sharing the experience with them. But, TV and film–it’s one product in the end and you can watch it as many times as you want. All of us have television shows that we go back to because they make us feel connected to something we felt the first time we watched it. I cannot even tell you how many times I’ve seen Mean Girls (laughs).

You’ve lived in both New York and L.A. How do you feel about both?

I really love New York. It’s like a beautiful ex-boyfriend that I know is not good for me. I’ve been there and I tried it.

What do you love about L.A.?

S: The normal things like the weather. I found a really great group of friends here. The food is so delicious and healthy–well not all of it–and accessible. The vibe of the city is great. I found what I was looking for. There are a lot of creative artists and people…I find it to be an oddly spiritual place actually.

Name 3 things every single girl must when she visits L.A.

First thing- you have to go to Café Gratitude. It’s a great restaurant with a bunch of vegan food.  Just the energy of the restaurant is really lovely. It’s so L.A. to order a dish called, “I am bountiful,” or “I am beautiful.” After you eat there, you feel amazing.

Second – Pop Physique at Silver Lake, which is my favorite ballet workout. You will see all different types of people there. Not only is it an awesome ballet workout, but the music is sick!

The last thing I would say is to go to Santa Monica, rent a cruiser and just ride all the way down to Venice.  Just take in all the sights. It’s very L.A. to be riding a bike next to the beach. There is nothing like it.