Katie Nolan and Lindsay Tapscott are the creators of two comedy web series, Hot Mom and Sugar Sisters (forthcoming), and 2/3rds of Babe Nation, a new, female-driven production company and creative collective they started with their friend, Emma Fleury.
SDTC: What spaces in Toronto do you go to escape your regular routine?
KN: I love walking by the beach in the east end, but obviously living in the west prevents me from doing that on a regular basis, but I love wandering the streets between Ossington and Dovercourt, above and below Bloor–so many cool houses and parks.
What aisle do you spend the most time in at the grocery store?
LT: Produce and cheese.
KN: Probably the produce aisle? I love me a ripe mango, guys. Also, the “International” aisle–you know the one I mean–I love to find an excuse to buy something I’ve never tried before.
Which virtue do you try to cultivate within yourself?
KN: Compassion, honesty, ease.
The receipts in your wallet would indicate what?
LT: That I buy a lot of books and magazines.
KN: That Vietnamese food is my go-to, that I love health food stores, and that I keep ALL OF THEM (receipts, that is, not health food stores).
What did you think you were going to be when you were 8 years old?
LT: A ballerina.
KN: A Prima ballerina. For real. I took ballet verrrrry seriously for an 8 year old with a buzzcut.
If you could live anywhere else in the world, where would it be?
KN: Oof, just one place? Yikes. I’d say New York would be pretty up there. Or an impossibly beautiful city like Rome or Copenhagen.
What makes you happy?
LT: A selection among many things: my women, my boyfriend, my brothers, solitude, Beyoncé.
KN: A lot makes me happy, but I’d say the things that make me practically overflow would be: a homemade meal with friends, swimming in Stoney Lake, laughing really (really) hard, spontaneous hangs with people you don’t see that often, a great book, a great movie, talking about art with my dad and food with my mom, traveling, observing random acts of kindness, when Lindsay Tapscott does floor routines in our living room, and my boyfriend’s misuse of the word “pantyhorses.”
What makes you cringe?
LT: Improper grammar and punctuation, and text-speak.
KN: Open mouth chewing, bad manners.
What quality do you loathe most in others?
LT: Hubris. And insincerity.
KN: Rudeness, lack of consideration for others, and people who don’t get sarcasm.
What, in your opinion, is overrated?
LT: Social media.
KN: New Year’s Eve.
What frustrates you the most?
LT: My own self-doubt and how it prevents me from doing things. Also, people who stand on the left side of the escalator.
KN: On a day-to-day basis? When I haven’t done laundry and I’m left with the dregs of my underwear drawer. On a broader *life* scale? When I feel like I’m throwing everything I’ve got into something meaningful, and nothing wants to stick.
What quality do you value most in a lover?
LT: Strength of character and a biting wit.
KN: Sense of humour, kindness.
What is your favourite thing to do on a Saturday?
LT: Reading in bed, making or going out for brunch, cleaning my apartment, taking a Barreworks class, seeing my boyfriend.
KN: A yoga class, some antique/vintage shopping, some alone time to do some good thinking, a great meal with friends, and ending the day with my favourite man in the world.
What is your comfort food?
KN: A roast chicken dinner OR Annie’s mac ‘n’ cheese with broccoli.
What word or phrase should we all use more?
KN: “No” is just a 2-letter word.