EXCLUSIVE: How Gillian Jacobs Found Happiness After ‘Love’
She's working on not working
Gillian Jacobs is ready to start focusing on herself. The actress has been jumping from project to project since winning out hearts as the hilariously flawed but well-intentioned Britta Perry on Community, but she’s finally going to let loose.
As the new face of the re-branded Diet Coke and its “Because I Can” campaign, her first priority is to free her inhibitions and find happiness — even if it means she has to, ironically, “work on not working.”
“I’m trying to live my life and do the things that I enjoy and really embrace having fun, which is also something I’ve always struggled with,” she told Celebuzz!. “[It] seems simple and obvious, but I’m not great at it so I’m trying to consciously work on that.”
“I like to work. It makes me feel good to work on projects I believe in, but I’m not good at balancing that out and taking time for myself and doing things I enjoy. I would always find ways to fill time with work,” she explained.
Because I Can
Gillian’s big life change came in what you may call a “straight-up self help book” moment — when she realized she had been getting in the way of her own happiness. Having been a self-professed “loser,” “dork,” and “nerd” with slight workaholic tendencies for most of her life, the 35-year-old says she realized she didn’t want to “wait decades” to let her hair down.
“I just created a lot of rules for myself,” she confessed, explaining that she grew up thinking “it wasn’t important to have fun” or find time for yourself. “When I realized that these rules are arbitrary and self-created … I decided I’m not going to hold myself to them anymore.”
“I have to realize that I’ve done this to myself and I’m the only one who can fix it,” she added. “I can change my mindset and change my life.”
For starters, it means looking back and reflecting on her journey as an actress. With the third — and final — season of the Judd Apatow-created Netflix series, Love, all wrapped up, Gillian told us she “learned a lot” about playing impulsive characters like Mickey Dobbs.
“I learned about people getting in their own way and being their own roadblocks to [happiness],” she said. “I feel like the character Mickey is someone who takes chances and is incredibly vulnerable. And I’m not really good at that, so maybe I can work on that.”