Kathryn Hahn makes people happy. Seeing her onscreen feels like noticing an old friend’s name in your unread texts, or getting a surprise package in the mail—it’s just an instant glow of endorphins. She has a unique effect, different from any other celebrity. It’s as if she’s a human conductor of warmth and hopefulness. We never know what kind of character to expect, but we know how she will make us feel.
During the pandemic, the 47-year-old actor unwittingly became a coping mechanism for millions of people as Agnes (or, spoiler, malevolent witch Agatha Harkness) in WandaVision on Disney Plus. Fans latched onto her performance—in one short series, she became a sitcom star, a Billboard-charting singer, a Marvel villain, and a meme. For longtime fans of Hahn, it felt like the world was finally getting to know our favorite person—Parks and Recreation’s soulless, sparkling political consultant, the vulnerable Rabbi Raquel of Transparent, the hot mess of Bad Moms, the sexually powerful suburbanite on Mrs. Fletcher.
Such is the reach of Disney, the caliber of WandaVision, the charisma of Kathryn—the whole world was enchanted. We copied her wink, we sang along with her theme song, we were transfixed by her giant, lustrous hair. She made us feel happy.
What makes Kathryn Hahn happy? Since the WandaVision finale, fans have been demanding answers—does she want her character to come back in a spinoff? (She’s said she would love it.) Is she bummed out to reach new heights of celebrity during a pandemic? (She’s sad not to be able to meet fans, but she’s enjoying her kids, dogs, and foster kittens.) Doesn’t she deserve her own starring role? (She’s already had several, and she should have even more!)
But how does the woman who always entertains us entertain herself? For the latest installment of Glamour’s Your Fave’s Faves, she told us the books, TV shows, lip balms, and WandaVision-style looks she loves most. And in a moment of wide-eyed, open-hearted, classic Kathryn Hahn generosity, she shared her philosophy on the beauty of aging as a woman.
What people should watch if they want to see some of my best work
I love I Love Dick. I’m very proud of that show. I think it was before its time in a lot of ways, and not a lot of people have seen it. It’s Kevin Bacon and Griffin Dunne and myself and Roberta Colindrez—it’s a fabulous cast, and it’s based on a fabulous piece of writing.
Where I get my confidence
It is so ironic because there are moments when I feel very confident and moments when I feel not confident at all. I wish I could have told this to my younger self: The older I have gotten, the more it feels like a space shuttle—you know how a space shuttle just starts to shed its stuff as it’s going into outer space, and you’re just left with a fiery ball? That’s what it feels like to get older. It’s kind of thrilling to me, and I wish every young woman knew that. That it just boils to the essentials. Instead of feeling invisible, which is what I thought it would feel like, it’s more essential and more hot. It’s really exciting. It feels like there’s a very—ironically—fertile chapter ahead.
The last great book I read
My favorite TV shows to binge-watch right now
I loved Unorthodox and I Can’t Get You Out of My Head, which is the Adam Curtis documentary series on YouTube. It’s produced by the BBC, and it’s extraordinary. I highly recommend.
Favorite household product
I hate cleaning but have to have a clean space for my mental health. We have two rescue dogs, we’re fostering kittens, and we have two kids. The longer we’ve spent inside in this pandemic, the more I’ll see buildup and grime, especially in my shower. I’ve fallen in love with the bathroom cleaner and the multipurpose cleaner from 9 Elements. I was so sick of the smell of bleach, and this smells delicious. It’s like essential oils, lemon, and eucalyptus; it’s also mostly plant-based, and it was created by two women scientists. This is what I’ve been using in my bathroom—it really cuts through the hard water and scum that’s on your shower head. [Editor’s note: Hahn is partnering with P&G and 9 Elements.]
The products that keep my hair healthy
It’s expensive, but I really love Moroccanoil on the ends. I have to have it. And then as a treat I will use the Leonor Greyl hair mask; I’ll just put it in a bun, leave it in all day long, and then rinse it out at the end of the day.
How I cleared my adult acne
It was cystic and would be once a month hormonally, a big old honker. You could tell the time by the shadow it was causing on my face. It was a sundial! So I did a low, low dose of Accutane for about a half a year, and it really knocked it out. It was not fun, but it really knocked it out. For dryness [which can be a side effect of Accutane], I used By Terry Lip Balm, which is not inexpensive, but it really saved my lips. And then EltaMD PM face cream was helpful.
My favorite WandaVision look
Oh, the ’80s, for sure.
The product my family always wants to steal
This kind of stuff [gesturing at her makeup], I never wear in my real life. My daughter loves a lipstick—she’s not allowed to wear it out ever, but she loves to try it on, to play around. She likes the art of it, but only for fun. I’m really enjoying what I’m wearing now; it’s by a brand called 19/99, it’s a lip liner worn as a lipstick. I’m really into an orangey lip liner.
My most woo-woo wellness ritual
Every Sunday, with a couple of friends, we have something called Stretch Church. It’s just a Zoom with this awesome teacher, but we try to commit to it every week, and I look forward to it like a massage. We try to open up, stretch-wise, and it’s been really helpful.
Jenny Singer is a staff writer for Glamour. You can follow her on Twitter.