Katie wears a dress by Vivienne Westwood, bracelet by Kami Lerner
Of all the quibbling boy-men who make up the cast of FX comedy The League, about a group of friends in a ridiculously competitive fantasy football league, it's the sole woman of the group, Jenny, played by Katie Aselton, who is perhaps the most dedicated and ruthless. When she's not feeding her TV husband draft tips, she's making indie movies like last year's Black Rock with her real-life husband and League co-star Mark Duplass. The League is back for its fifth season this month and we'd pick Aselton for our team any day of the week.
What's the difference between filming a movie and filming a TV series?
It's been fun building the relationships and dynamics among the characters on the show over five seasons now. With movies, you fictionalize all those years and experiences and put it into the work you do over three months, and then you're done. We're five in and still building, which is cool.
What was your first job in TV?
I was a guest star on Spin City. I was cut out.
What was your first day on the set of The League like?
It was crazy. We were shooting a fantasy football draft at a child's birthday party. There was a lot going on.
Would you be friends with your character?
I think we would have totally been friends in college, but I'm pretty sure we would have grown apart by now.
Have you given your character any trademark catchphrases, mannerisms or wardrobe choices?
Because I am the only lady with five male co-stars, I find myself saying "Guys!" a lot, which gets annoying.
What TV shows are you currently addicted to?
For pure quality, I love Mad Men and Veep. I loved Enlightened before it got cancelled. I enjoy binging on Scandal and Orange Is the New Black.
What's the weirdest pilot you've ever auditioned for?
I don't remember which one it was, but there is a line from an audition for a pilot that will forever be burned into my brain: "Halfway through the interview, let your boob fall out." I don't think that one got picked up.
If you could write a one-sentence Wikipedia entry about The League, what would it be?
The League is a show about fantasy football without being about fantasy football.
Do the fans who recognize you on the street come from a certain demographic?
There's a big football fan/League fan crossover that I love. Sports fans are loyal. And loud.
Photographed by Emily Shur / Styled by Camille Yvette / Hair and Makeup by Christina Buzas