'Nurse Jackie' Star Betty Gilpin Talks Fashion On and Off Set

'Nurse Jackie' Star Betty Gilpin Talks Fashion On and Off Set(Source: Cindy Ord/Getty Images North America)She may portray a shameless, opportunistic ER doctor on Nurse Jackie, but Betty Gilpin is much more modest (and hilarious!) in real life. The 27-year-old actress got candid with us about bi-coastal living and her ever-evolving style.

How would you describe your personal style?
 "Well, I’m 27, and I feel like I just found out that, as women, we’re supposed to have been cultivating a personal style all this time. I grew up in a house of boys, where the dress code was pajamas, and then I went to theater school, where the dress code was pajamas. After college, I had to go to auditions and red-carpet stuff where apparently you have to have a personal style. So I have been cultivating it quickly and silently freaking out over the past couple of years. I would say I have a curvier body, so a tailor is my best friend, and I like things that go in at the waist, things that are comfortable. On a dream day, I would say Alexa Chung meets Katharine Hepburn, but [usually] I’m probably in pajamas."

How would you compare your on-set wardrobe to your real-life wardrobe? "It’s totally different. On Nurse Jackie, I would say 'a Kardashian on the Upper East Side' is sort of Dr. Carrie Roman’s style, and I’m definitely more of a jeans and a henley type of girl. I love the clothes that they put me in, but I definitely don’t have anything like that in my closet. People don’t even recognize me; if I come to set not in costume, for rehearsal or something, I often have to introduce myself because I look so different."

The Cinema Society & Bobbi Brown With InStyle Host A Screening Of Actress Betty Gilpin attends The Cinema Society & Bobbi Brown with InStyle screening of "The Other Woman" at The Paley Center for Media on April 24, 2014 in New York City. (Getty Images)more pics »
The Alice + Olivia outfit I wore to the screening of The Other Woman was one of my favorites. Usually when people dress me, I have to explain that I go through life with huge boobs and a weird, Jessica Rabbit body."
How is it being back and forth between Los Angeles and New York? "I’m definitely a New York girl. My friend actually describes LA as being like an ex-boyfriend, where he’s still an asshole, and you’re still trying too hard. So, I definitely feel more at home in New York. I’m also a theater person, so I’m going to stay on the East Coast as long as I can. [However], I think it’s also important to [be able to] fall back in love with New York. You can feel a little solipsistic, where you don’t think there’s life outside the city, but I try to visit my parents who live [outside the city] in the country, and I’m also in Los Angeles a lot. The subway doesn’t seem as annoying when you come back.” 

How does your style change when you’re in each city? "I always forget that Los Angeles is not Puerto Rico. I always pack like it’s Puerto Rico, and then I’m freaking cold. I’m getting better about that. I would say I put on color for the grocery store, and I definitely don’t for the bodega in New York City. And I try not to wear pants too many days in a row in either city."

'Nurse Jackie' Panel Held in NYC(L-R) Debra Birnbaum, Betty Gilpin, Merritt Wever, Edie Falco, Adam Ferrara, Anna Deavere Smith, Richie Jackson and Clyde Phillips attend the "Nurse Jackie" panel during 2013 PaleyFest: Made In New York at The Paley Center for Media on October 6, 2013 in New York City. (Getty Images)more pics »What can we expect from your character this season? “It’s going to be an insane season, and my character’s getting smarter as days go on, so never fear. She’s learning; she might even be literate this season.” 

See more of Gilpin on Nurse Jackie, which airs Sunday nights at 9pm on Showtime. 
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