Two friends, Gabrielle & Pallavi, invite their dearest and sometimes newest, to discuss what it will take to nurture and grow our relationships in a post-quarantine world; Whether near, far, or 6-feet apart.
Joined by award winning actress, activist, and producer Alysia Reiner, Pallavi and Gabrielle discuss how activism can be a path to fast friendship. Alysia is most well-known for her global leadership of the TIMES UP movement as well as her work on Netflix’s Orange is the New Black and ABC’s How to Get Away with Murder.
Gabrielle and Pallavi are joined by guestfriend Brandon Contreras where he discusses his 30th birthday quarantined in NYC and how creating art during this challenging time has helped him find the light. Brandon is an actor, writer, choreographer, and creator based in NYC. Follow Brandon @ohhey_brandon.
Yep, we're still in a pandemic, friends. But how does connecting with friends virtually help us through? Gabrielle and Pallavi regroup and discuss in the sixth episode of Season 2. Follow Gabrielle @gabrielleruiz and Pallavi @pallavisastry.
Javier Muñoz shares how different quarantined life in New York City is from Pallavi and Gabrielle’s home base of Los Angeles, and how the nightly cheers for healthcare workers have restored his faith in humanity. Javier is an artist and activist best known for his roles on Broadway in Hamilton and In the Heights. Follow Javier @javiermofficial.
Carly Hughes joins Pallavi and Gabrielle to discuss how she is connecting with new and old faces through the power of and community found on social media during quarantine. Carly is a Grammy award winner whose credits include Netflix’s Insatiable, ABC’s American Housewife, and several other Broadway, off-Broadway, and regional shows. Follow Carly @carlyhughes.
Pallavi and Gabrielle are joined by Vasthy Mompoint to discuss the nature of friendship during a global pandemic.
Vasthy is an actress, dancer, musician, singer, business owner, producer, and writer who most recently appeared on Broadway in The Prom and Spongebob Squarepants the Musical. Follow Vasthy on Instagram and Twitter @frosthyvasty.
Welcome to Season 2! Pallavi introduces Gabrielle as her new cohost while the two discuss the ways they have been navigating friendship during a pandemic. Follow Gabrielle @gabrielleruiz and Pallavi @pallavisastry.
Samantha and Pallavi wrote a list of things they learned including, shit they did right (and wrong), shit that was scary, and surprising shit that happened during Season 1 of What Are Friends For. And The list is available! Go to their new blog, What Are Blogs For? www.waffpodcast.com/blog
Season 1 was all about important conversations. How about giving us a shout on what you wanna hear about? Find us on Twitter & Instagram @waffpodcast OR email us your thoughts at firstname.lastname@example.org
He’s a YouTuber, a Podcaster, a musical theatre writer, and an avoidantly attached friend? Our good ole buddy Brent Black chats about the evolution of our friendships, that time he and Samantha had to work some shit out, and how our “attachment styles” inform how we make and maintain relationships. A deep dive into another facet of the psychology of Friendship.
Connect with Brent on Twitter @brentalfloss | Insta: @brentalgram | YouTube: Brentalfloss | and listen to his politics podcast Trends Like Th
Brent Rose stops by to talk #VanLife and how he has used his transient lifestyle to make new friends and be a better friend/family member to his community, which sounds very oxymoronic...but Brent helps us understand that proximity doesn’t have to be a defining aspect of any relationship.
Fun Fact about Brent: He’s the first person on record to kayak from Cuba to the U.S.
Connect with Brent on Insta: @brentdangerrose | Twitter: @brentrose | www.brentrose.com | www.connectedstates.com | www.27monuments
Kat Hennessey joins to share her passion on why social media is a powerful tool for building,. PLUS she challenged Samantha and Pallavi to take the Enneagram test...and they did it! Find out more about yourself and your friends so you can have more “unfiltered” relationships.
Connect with Kat on Insta @KatHennessey & see more of her awesomeness @ www.kathennessey.com
Fun Fact about Kat: She was a featured dancer on Soul Train for 2 seasons! YAASSS KWEEN!
Pallavi and Samantha investigate the Dungeons & Dragons corner of Nerd culture with writer, actor, comedian, and dungeon master, Amy Vorpahl. They cover how this group role playing game can instill creative problem solving skills, be an excellent form of escapism, and how too much of an insular environment can create depression.
What does it take to create a cohesive ensemble? Or even just a group of people who want to spend time with one another? Tony, Oscar, and Olivier award winner, Mark Rylance, breaks it down with us on how creating a family amongst strangers backstage at a Broadway play can translate to maintaining friendships in everyday life.
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In this mid season finale mini-sode, Pallavi and Samantha reflect on the first half of the season and the last one year since they first talked about the pod as an idea. My has life changed...lots of challenges but lots of surprises and revelations discussed in this one! Isn’t it important to check in with your BFF for some real talk?
We’ll be back in 2019 for the second half of season 1. In the meantime reach out to us with episode ideas and feedback!!!
Do you ever wondered how many elements and forces in the universe came together to make a friendship happen? What if you could just commit to a friendship and that’s really the only choice needed to nurture a friendship? Does all of this sound a little woo woo? Well, not to worry, Nick Demos is going to break down all of it and teach us that there is no failure in friendship, only lessons. Fun fact about Nick -he’s a huge General Hospital fan.
Follow Nick on Twitter @nickdemos OR Instagram @thenickdem
You know when you feel like your squad might be scattering? Like, no one talked about it but it just sort of happened? Do you find a new squad or do you fight to save the old one...Sofia Gonzalez gets real about how she prayed for a new group of girlfriends and then it happened and how she shifted into her new squad while still loving everyone from her old one. Lucky for us, she’s part of our #squadgoals now!
Find Sofia on Twitter @sofialandla OR Instagram @sofialand
Mo Money Mo Friend Problems?? Why don’t we TRUTHFULLY talk about money with each other? Its sensitive and layered, and tricky. Reece Scelfo and Kyle Hogue stop by to talk about why we should be having unfiltered conversations about money...it may strengthen our relationships more than we think.
Connect with Kyle or Reece by going to The Position Group online at www.thepositiongroup.com/
Gabrielle Ruiz joins for a trip down memory lane with Pallavi and Samantha. Memories that include the NYC hustle, mean girls, high school drama, and not being a cool kid. Plus making friends on the west coast vs east coast. Also, why does it feel like female friendships are more complicated? Fun fact about Gabrielle - she eats pizza with a fork
Find Gabrielle on Twitter and Instagram @gabrielleruiz
What determines how we make friends? Where do we learn to make friends? Did you know that friend making skills are basically the same as boyfriend/girlfriend making skills?! Ariel Hirsch stops by for a dive into the therapist’s view of friendship when we’re young, when we’re old, when we’re single, when we unfold the Psychology of Friendship...see what we did there? Fun Fact about Ariel - Mabel Pines from the Disney Cartoon Gravity Falls is based on her, that’s a thing! Find Ariel on Twitter @_mer
Welcome to What Are Friends For! No Really...What Are Friends For? For the last 12 years, Samantha and Pallavi have lived within 5 min of each other. Now, Pallavi has moved across the country from NYC to LA...and the distance is starting to settle in and it’s made these BFFs question...is proximity the only reason they’ve been BFFs? Who are our other friends? And how do we make new ones when we’re not wingwoman-ing each other?