fall in love friday: The JV Club

I can’t run on a treadmill or drive long distances without listening to one of my favorite podcasts.  The latest podcast I’ve been completely loving is The JV Club hosted by Janet Varney.

Anyone who hangs out with muppets is cool in my book.

Grey DeLisle and Janet Varney looking all kinds of vintage fabulous at Paper Moon Vintage. (source)

Janet Varney
Janet Varney at San Diego Comic-Con 2012 (source)

You might recognize Janet from a bunch of her acting roles, or her stint as the co-host of TBS’s Dinner and a Movie.  She’s also one of the founders and organizers of San Francisco Sketch Fest.  Her podcast The JV Club features Janet interviewing talented and awesome ladies about their years as a youth.


Janet was kind enough to answer some questions and share a bit about feminism, adolescence and how to get some BFFs.


Your conversations are always peppered with a nice dose of feminist talk.  When did you have your first inkling of gender inequality?  When did you first call yourself a feminist?

I’m not sure!  I think I elected to ignore inequality between the sexes for most of my life.  I definitely had to take a critical look at it all when I was in college.  Before that, it’s not that I was necessarily in denial… I just was raised by a single dad and really identified with men.  I guess I was living idealistically as though there were no inequality.

A lot of your interviews focus on you and your guests’ years as a teenager.  Why do you think you go to this theme so much with your guests?

It’s really the theme of the podcast, so I feel obliged to stick to it to some degree. It turned out to be a fairly engaging and fun way to get to know my guests in a fresh way.  At least I hope that’s the outcome!

How would you describe yourself as a teen? (share a teen pic?)

There are a couple of doozies on the JV Club FB page – teen pics, I mean.


I was… what was I?  I guess I was more unhappy than I wanted to acknowledge.  I was mixed up about sex…  I was really passionate about literature and I liked acting, but was lazy about it at the same time.  I loved my friends.  A lot of them didn’t know each other- rather than having one big group of friends, I had a lot of friends from different social groups and spent time with people one-on-one more than in groups.


What was your life-changing song, movie, book?

If I’m being honest, I would have to say “Love’s Recovery” by Indigo Girls.  That song just knocked me out.  Well, that, and “Plainsong” by The Cure.  Book was definitely Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury.  Movie was probably Harold and Maude… although I was also super obsessed with The Hotel New Hampshire.   Not even sure why.

Why?!?  I think you know the answer is Rob Lowe. (source)

Who are your dream JV Club guests?

Emma Thompson. Barbara Kingsolver. Allison Janney.

What I love about your podcast is how I feel like I’m hanging out with awesome ladies. It almost has a ladies night out or middle school sleepover vibe. I don’t have a lot of female friends and I really miss having those relationships. Do you have any recommendations on how to make BFFs as an adult?

Don’t be afraid to “ask out” a girl you think is cool.  It’s hard to work someone into your rotation when you’re a busy adult… but it’s worth the first couple of awkward friend dates.

Since this is a fashion focused blog I have to ask who is your biggest style icon and why?

Ooooh, that’s a tough one. Cate Blanchett, maybe?  She always looks polished but still makes interesting choices. Never looks like she’s trying to hard.

Cate Blanchett at the 2012 MET Gala in Alexander McQueen (source)

My favorite look of hers – Cate Blanchett in Givenchy Couture at the 2011 Oscars (source)


Thank you, Janet!  You can find out more about Janet at her website.  And you can read up on all her beauty secrets here.

Like The JV Club on Facebook to keep up-to-date with the podcast, plus Janet always posts photos of her guests as teenagers.  Can we all just revel in how cute Christina Hendriks was as a teen goth?

(source: The JV Club on Facebook)

Do any of you listen to podcasts? Which ones do you listen to?


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