Jessica Knappett On How To Date (And How Definitely Not To Date)
I like tapas. It’s sharey, it’s quite flirty. If you go to one of those posh places where you can make your own ‘Pan Con Tomate’ and you can also control the amount of garlic. Damage control, as I like to think of it.
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If you didn’t catch Drifters on E4, do not panic. Really, stop panicking. There’s no need. As you can just pop out and buy the DVD right now. Which we’d recommend, as it’s the most promising new comedy of the year. The main reason we’re dishing out such glowing, borderline sycophantic praise? Jessica Knappett. She wrote the show and plays Meg, the show’s terminally unfortunate, but excellent, lead. We enjoyed one of the more entertaining hour-long phone calls we’ve ever had speaking to the 28-year-old, mainly extracting her finest dating advice. So, behold: Jessica Knappett’s Guide To Successfully Dating Someone.
1. Actually go out on dates
“First off, I’m I’m already quite impressed that you’re going out on a proper date. This is a good start. Because there doesn’t seem to be too many actual dates these days. Of course, going right back to the start, you should make sure that it’s an actual date. I’ve been in the situation before where I thought I was on a date and I actually wasn’t. So, make sure you’re clear. Women like to know what is going on. On dates I’ve screwed up myself, I’ve blamed him because he wasn’t clear. Which is a terrible excuse, thinking about it.”
2. Just be calm
“Basically, men perhaps feel like women have the upper hand a lot. I think that Drifters dispels that myth a little bit. We behave really badly. Like, Meg on dates in the show is the one f*cking it up. When the common misconception, really, is that only a guy can fuck up a date. It’s just not true that a girl simply has to show up, pout and look hot. So don’t get freaked out. Be honest and don’t expect the woman to be in control of the situation, just because she’s a woman.”
3. Ensure there is food on your dates
“I would be really impressed with food. A date involving food. But be careful when considering the food. Avoid anything that generates bloating or flatulence, so steer clear of pulses, spicy food and saucy pasta. In fact, I will refuse to go to an Italian restaurant, because there simply isn’t anything I can eat elegantly. Which sort of leaves me with bread sticks if forced to go to one. I like tapas. It’s sharey, it’s quite flirty. If you go to one of those posh places where you can make your own ‘Pan Con Tomate’ — that’s bread with tomatoes — and you can also control the amount of garlic, which is useful. Or damage control, as I like to think of it.” Back to Homepage for more..