Briers Newman - actress
Welcome to another segment of Local Lovelies!
This is where I ask my local ladies and friends a few questions to give you the 'local in' from the lovelies who live here and get their take on how THEY explore and experience Los Angeles.
First off, Briers is a close friend of mine. Actually, she was my neighbor before she was my friend, but I can say with certainty that had we met outside of these circumstance we definitely would have been friends first. We go out of our way to stress this because we're more than just neighbors (you'll know this from our endless and random SnapChat stories - we cray!). Fortunately for me, she's both a friend and a neighbor - the best of both worlds! To say she keeps me young is an understatement (jokes and laughs for daaaaays!)
By far one of the funniest lovelies I know (think Kristin-Wiig-meets-Amy-Poehler funny), I'm excited to have Briers featured as a Local Lovely because I don't think I know many others that are just as obsessed with all that is "LA" like we are. She's also one of the first people who really encouraged me to explore my desire to launch La La Local. A true cheerleader and friend, I'm excited to have her share her take on LA and her local picks with all of you!
Quick Intro to Briers:
Born and raised in North Carolina, she’s a southern girl at heart with a loyalty to writing Thank You cards and opening doors for strangers. She’s from the South y’all! That said, she’s definitely acquired that So-Cal lifestyle and aesthetic with her love for Spanish-style homes and shutters for days.
Having attended Wake Forest University in North Carolina, she’s a huge basketball fan (Go Deacs!) and has been acting since she was 9 years old before moving out to Los Angeles straight out of college to pursue a film career. A true movie buff, she’ll talk to you about filmography all day with anyone who cares to engage. She’s also a lovely people person and is always asking friends and family to take the Myers Briggs Type Indicator test in which she tests as a (true) "ESFP", which is appropriately labeled by Myers Briggs as "The Entertainer" - I mean, need I say more?
Local Lovely: Briers Newman
Grew up in: North Carolina
LA neighborhood you live in: Beverly Fairfax
How long have you lived in LA? Six years (Where does the time go when there are no seasons?!)
What would you call yourself? An actor (Nanny at present to help pay the bills)
Her website: IMDB Briers Newman
You’re semi-vegetarian, so where in LA do you go for a yummy, veggie-friendly brunch spot?!
One of the things I love most about LA is how accommodating its food options are. Some of my go to spots for delicious veggie-friendly options would be Hugo’s (My friends make fun of me for how much I go here, but they really do have such a vast array of delicious foods and you can even take your carnivore friends with you and they’ll be happy too. They also have a delicious brunch menu. I love their house burrito topped with guacamole!). Other spots include: Real Food Daily, Cafe Gratitude, and Sycamore Kitchen (They have a nice outdoor patio and are walking distance to some cool shops if you feel like shopping after brunch!).
What keeps you busy in LA?
My current job is as a nanny for two elementary aged girls. I take care of them Monday through Friday from early afternoon until around dinnertime. I’ve looked after them for a while now and it has been fun getting to see what it’s like to grow up as a child in Los Angeles. They take seeing movies at the Hollywood Bowl with live orchestration from the LA Phil and going to free movie screenings in the theater for granted and just assume that’s what it’s like for kids anywhere in the US.
Ever since moving to Los Angeles, I’ve always tried to be enrolled in some type of acting class. The past two plus years I’ve been taking classes at the Groundlings school, which focuses on improvisation and sketch writing like what you would see on SNL. In fact, a lot of well known SNL cast members came out of the Groundlings, such as Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig, and Maya Rudolph, to name a few. As is the life of an actor, I will sporadically have auditions (that you learn about the day before or sometimes the day of) and will be jetting all over the city at random hours to make it to the audition on time. On my down time, I keep busy by trying to stay active. I love to go for runs around my apartment and in neighboring hoods (such as Larchmont & Hancock Park). I also love going on hikes or walking to explore a new area of the city.
You love iced tea, so where in Los Angeles do YOU like to go to get tea or a healthy caffeine fix? What do you order? What do you love about the place?
Oooh! This might be the best question you could ask me. I will literally return to specific restaurants or cafes if they have a good passion fruit or flavored iced tea! Alfred Coffee has three flavored iced teas that are quite delightful. I also love the iced tea at Mendocino Farms, which I would also recommend if you’re looking for a quick, healthy bite to eat. Be sure to sample all of their delicious sides! Poquito Mas (a delicious fresh, Mexican chain) has a great passion fruit iced tea. There is also a booth in the farmers market at the Grove (right across from Bennett’s ice cream) that has a delicious passion fruit iced tea if you’re shopping and need a refreshing beverage!
Where do you go for a sweet treat in LA?
I have the dessert taste buds of an 8 year-old, FYI. All I need is a chocolate chip cookie and I am a HAPPY camper. That being said, I’m always on the lookout for the best chocolate chip cookie in town. To date, the best one I have found is at Tender Greens (also, a great spot to eat a healthy, hearty meal).
I am not a big ice cream person, but if I am going to get ice cream the only spot I’ll go to is Salt & Straw. It is an artisanal ice cream spot that got its start in Portland, Oregon. They always have the most unique flavors, using local, farmers market ingredients. Be sure to check out their monthly flavors, which go along with the time of year and what ingredients are in season. Let’s just say in October, I once sampled a flavor with actual spider in it. Happy Halloween indeed!
Your friend is visiting, they have 24 hours to 'experience' LA, name the following places you send them to ...
- Must See: Hollywood sign via a hike!
- Must Do: See a concert at the Hollywood Bowl or Greek Theater
- Breakfast At: The Hart and The Hunter
- Lunch At: Cafe Gratitude (we’re eating out so much in one day, we should go healthy at least once ;) )
- Dinner: Cecconi’s
- Can't Miss: Larchmont Village and/or DTLA
If you're in LA or doing a quick visit, I would:
PASS on hiking Runyon Canyon