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    Alia Shawkat is Our December/January 2017 Cover Star

    After 'Arrested Development,' a role on a promising new show is thrusting her back into the spotlight

    by Safy-Hallan Farah 2016-11-16T10:00:00-05:00

    Photographed by Carlotta Guerrero. Styled by JAK.

    The following feature appears in the December/January 2017 issue of NYLON.

    About six miles outside of Hollywood sits a quirky concrete mini mall called Little Tokyo Galleria. On this bright Sunday afternoon, its indoor-pool-like acoustics amplify a varied din, making it almost impossible to hear Alia Shawkat as she leads me up two escalators to a vegan restaurant she likes to patronize after spending an evening downtown drunk or stoned. The entrance is so nondescript it’s hard to tell it’s an entrance at all. I fumble for a bit until the 27-year-old actress pulls aside some drapes to help guide my way. Inside it’s quiet, save for some vaguely flamenco-sounding music and the soft, ASMR-like voice of our hostess. “Are you guys okay with vegan food?” she whispers. We reply in the affirmative. Shawkat is dressed in a button-up blouse, black T-shirt, and khaki shorts, her freckled face framed by her signature curls, her eyes seeming to bear the world-weariness of a much older woman. We’re led to a table covered with sheet paper near a big window. Our view: a semi-vacant mall flooded in fluorescent lighting.

    “You know, what I just remembered about this restaurant is that it’s always a challenge to order,” Shawkat says quietly after we’re asked a second time by the hostess whether we’re okay with everything on the menu being vegan. A few minutes later she returns to find out if we have any allergies. “No, we don’t,” Shawkat replies. The hostess walks back to the kitchen. After a few more trips back and forth asking similar questions, Shawkat quips, “What if she comes back again and is like, ‘Can I take your order?’” She smiles and hands me a pen to draw on the table paper.

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    Coat by Emporio Armani, top by Bally, pants by Levi's, shoes and earrings by H&M.

    NYLON’s December/January 2017 issue hits newsstands November 29, 2016. Buy it now or subscribe.

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