Q. What is your favorite vacation destination?
A. My boyfriend and I went to Nicaragua and it became my favorite destination. We went to a little 12-person boutique hotel. The food was amazing and it wasn’t expensive. You go there and surf your brains out. We just loved it there. The weather was perfect — not too humid, not too dry. You can hike around. It was an adventure. It takes forever to get there, but once you’re there, you don’t want to leave.
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) July 8, 2015
What’s your wallpaper on your phone and/or computer?
Sadly the generic, whatever-they-give-you landscape of the moon photos. Oh man. Changing them now.?
When you walk into a bar, what do you typically order?
The DJ to “give me a beat!”?
What’s the one word you are guilty of using too often?
What is the last thing you searched for on Google?
?Ojai Valley Inn and Spa?.
How did you work out the schedules to do both True Detective and Rectify?
Honestly, I don’t even know how that happened. It was kind of magical. [Executive producer] Nic Pizzolatto offered me the part. He thought of me for it, and he’s good friends with Rectify’s producers. True Detective was so lovely. They were just like, “We’ll make it work. We’ll work around your schedule.” I was like, “Really? Okay!”
Do you know why Nic thought of you?
It’s so funny: He knows me from Burning Love, this [Bachelor parody] show that Ben Stiller produced. Nic loves comedy. It’s kind of a niche to be a superfan of that show.
TheWrap: What was the toughest thing you had to do last season?
Abigail Spencer: There’s a scene in Episode 4 and it’s basically when Amantha — the whole episode feels like one scene — has a whole day where she binge-eats and smokes, like, 23 cigarettes and finds herself in Thrifty Town and asking for a job. There was something about that scene and that episode, I feel all of Amantha, I feel all of it. Her pride, her guilt, her weakness, her strength, I feel all of it.
You’re working with Chris Messina on The Sweet Life movie right now?
Yes. It’s this great little film. Chris Messina is awesome. He’s amazing. I’ve always wanted to work with him and he and I kind of became friendly a year and-a-half ago. I was cast in this movie, and the producers and director went to him with it. He’s one of the greatest actors I’ve ever worked with. He’s so awesome. It’s like this dark romantic comedy about two people that meet in Chicago and decide to go on a road trip to throw themselves off the Golden Gate Bridge together.
Yeah, it’s super light fare.
You grew up in a small beach town.
In Gulf Breeze, right across the three-mile bridge from Pensacola. The sand is like sugar. The water is pure turquoise. It’s like the Caribbean. Every time I go back, I see the area thriving but keeping that Gulf Coast beach culture you find in Mississippi and Alabama, too.
Your father, Yancy, has been called the father of Gulf Coast surfing.
He was very much on the forefront of the surfing scene down there. He was on the beach one day when he was fifteen with a friend who had some surfboards. His friend seemed more interested in the girls on the beach, so my dad took out one of the boards. He caught his first wave and got tubed, but he noticed that everyone on the beach was watching him. He fell totally in love with surfing that day. He eventually ran a surf shop, called Innerlight. I think one of the reasons my dad got so good [he won the East Coast Pro in 1972] was the Gulf Coast surf conditions. Florida surfers learn how to be great on mediocre waves. It trains you, gives you endurance. He was such an artist when it came to surfing. He was my biggest influence
— RECTIFY (@Rectify) April 3, 2015