Funny girls and real-life friends Jessica St. Clair (Bridesmaids) and Lennon Parham (Accidentally on Purpose) have been working together for 10 years, but they've been blowing up the news recently, with the premier of their new comedy Best Friends Forever last night.
The comediennes, both veterans of the Upright Citizens Brigade, wrote, star in, and helped produce the show, which follows two childhood best friends suddenly facing major changes in their lives. When Jessica's husband serves her with divorce papers, Lennon convinces her to return to Brooklyn and live with her in the apartment they once shared. Although they fall back into their old habits of staying up late and watching movies, this time, it's not just the two of them—Lennon is living with her boyfriend, Joe. Now the three of them have to figure out how to live together peacefully while navigating their different relationships.
SHAPE: Where did you guys get the idea for Best Friends Forever?
Jessica St. Clair (JSC): We wanted to explore female friendship in a real way. We were actually inspired by a childhood best friend who got married and was suddenly faced with the realization that she had to balance her relationships with her best friends and her husband. We wanted to know, how do you have two No. 1s?
Lennon Parham (LP): The most important thing was that we could show how girls actually are with their friends, you know with all their weirdness and jokes.
SHAPE: What's been the hardest part about the entire process?
JSC: Physically, it's probably been the writing. There were weeks where we were working 12- and 14-hour days, just spending them locked up in our writing room with our staff trying to get everything finished.
LP: It was definitely balls to the walls there. We do a ton of improv and then tape ourselves and then transcribe it. It was definitely balls to the walls for a while.
SHAPE: How do you guys stay healthy and fit when you're so busy?
LP: I love "Sweaty Sundays," which is this class I take at a gym in L.A. It's 90 minutes and you learn a dance routine that's choreographed to music like Duran Duran, and you get all dressed up and just dance. They also have "Wet Wednesdays," which is pretty much the same thing but on Wednesdays.
JSC: I make sure to meditate at least twice a day. I have migraines and transcendental meditation is hugely helpful in combating them. I also like the BARRE method. I can't take a traditional yoga class or anything. I'll just lay down and take a nap on the mat.
SHAPE: What about healthy eating? How do you guys make sure to follow a healthy diet when you're so busy?
JSC: I'm always eating. I eat every three hours.
LP: We have stuff delivered. It's a balance trying to find places that taste good and keep you full but won't put you in a coma when you're finished.
SHAPE: What would be your advice to anybody who wans to start something new in their life?
LP: Do some research. Figure out what it is that you like to do, what your passions really are.
JSC: Once you figure out what your passion is, surround yourself with like-minded people who can help you grow.