#24 Simran Hans: on The OC's Seth Cohen, finding music through film, and The 1975
Helloooo, come on in, take off your shoes and settle down for another episode of The You Do You Show, a weekly podcast in which I chat with a guest I admires about the ways in which pop culture has influenced who they are and what they do.
My guest this week is the culture writer Simran Hans. As a film critic for The Observer, Simran has led me to see so many films I might otherwise not even have heard of, let alone been inspired to watch. Even over the course of this interview, she made a couple of incredible viewing recommendations that I scrambled to write down in the edit and am planning to watch over the next couple of days!
As a fan of her fluid and engaging writing I’ve wanted to get Simran on the show for ages but how great a guest she would be on You Do You was made all the more stark when I listened to her chatting as a guest on the final episode of one of my favourite podcasts SRSLY just before Christmas. On the show, she provided an in-depth analysis of the merits of my most beloved Nancy Meyers’ film, The Holiday. Based on that analysis alone, I thought it was pretty likely that we would get on. We get through a lot in this episode from the inexplicably enduring allure of The OC’s Seth Cohen to the perceived unattainable cool of early seasons of Channel 4’s Skins, to our mutual recent experience of a 1975 gig.
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