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Skimm Her Life: How Brie Larson and Jessie Ennis Spend Their Downtime

Skimm Her Life: Brie Larson and Jessie Ennis
Olivia Aquilina
July 8, 2021

Skimm Her Life is a series in our weekly newsletter, Skimm Your Life, where awesome women share how they spend their downtime. Sign up here to get more celebrity recs, as well as our favorite products, books, life hacks and more.

Avengers, assemble. We’ve got Brie Larson and Jessie Ennis here to share their downtime recs. You might know ‘em from their v impressive acting resumes. Or as co-hosts of their pod “Learning Lots.” So we asked the duo (who also happen to be BFFs) to share what products they always have in rotation, their fave on-screen moments, and more. Take it away, friends...

Smartest purchases we’ve made recently...

Brie Larson: I just got the Theragun mini and it’s a game changer. My life right now is Zooms or training — both mean something is always sore or hurting. Having this small tool that I can put in my bag or keep by my bed to help relieve tension is huge.

Jessie Ennis: I’m obsessed with Stasher bags. They’re a reusable alternative to ziplock bags. They’re durable and cute. 

Product we shop over and over again...

BL + JE: We both love Knix underwear. It gives us peace of mind and lowers our waste impact on the planet. 

Self-care habit we swear by...

BL: Prioritize sleep. It makes everything better. 

JE: Communicating your needs, asking for help, and accepting support from the people who love you.  

Best book we’ve read recently...

BL + JE: We’ve both been reading “Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle” by Emily Nagoski and Amelia Nagoski. It’s incredible to learn about how we can better care for our bodies in a chaotic world. We’d recommend it to anyone who is looking for support with stress, anxiety, and exhaustion. 

Movie or TV series we can’t get enough of...

BL: Jessie got me into “Last Chance U.” I have so much love and respect for everyone on that show. Other than that, it’s really just “The Office” for me. It’s amazing how many jokes are packed into each episode. 

JE: I could come up with an impressive lie, but honestly the last things I’ve binged are “The Hills,” “The City,” and “Harry Potter.”  

Favorite on-screen moment...

BL: In “Captain Marvel,” I did a judo throw on a moving train. That was a certain kind of adrenaline and feeling of accomplishment I’ll never forget. 

JE: I loved demolishing a wedding reception in “Life of the Party.” It was very fun to smash a table full of delicate desserts. 

Dream podcast guest...

BL: JLo — she has been an inspiration to me since I was a kid. I admire her work ethic. 

JE: Trixie and Katya from “RuPaul’s Drag Race” or Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. 

Fave gift we've gotten from each other...

BL: For my 30th birthday, Jessie made me a custom View-Master. The discs had photos from various parts of my life. I cherish it. (Pssst: Skimm HQ loves this one.)

JE: Brie got us beautiful BFF necklaces. I love wearing mine. It’s a nice physical reminder that I have a really special and rare friendship with someone I truly adore. 

Pssst: This interview has been edited for length and clarity. 

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