Entertainment Weekly is celebrating its 25th birthday this week, so we turned to some famous friends — including You’re the Worst’s Aya Cash, The Carmichael Show’s Lil Rel Howery, and Jane the Virgin’s Andrea Navedo — to see what advice they have for a 25-year-old.
Much of it is sage (“Just enjoy your success at that age”), and even more is funny (“I’ve heard that’s when the sagging starts”). Read on for more wise and comic words (apparently we should be looking out for our skin too?), for a magazine celebrating the big 2-5.
AYA CASH (You’re the Worst)
“Oh god, what was being 25 like? Advice for a 25 year old, don’t take yourself so seriously, and stop trying to impress other people. It gets old. By the time you’re 30 you give up on that. I mean I’m an actor so I’m still in that, but normal people give up on that.”
LIL REL HOWERY (The Carmichael Show)
“Just stay focused and have fun. Don’t overthink it. If you overplan it, it’s probably not going to work out right. You’ll be stressed out and maybe pick up an addiction…I’m joking. Just stay focused and have fun.”
ANDREA NAVEDO (Jane the Virgin)
“Value yourself…and save your money.”
KRISTEN GUTOSKIE (Containment)
“It’s when it all goes downhill. Not that I would know, I mean I’m only 19, but I’ve heard that’s when the sagging starts.”
MARK SHEPPARD (Supernatural)
“Happy birthday. The next 26 years are the hardest…I’m 51, that’s why I can say that.”
FELICIA DAY (Con Man)
“Get your stuff together. You’re old now. Stop staying out late. Your skin will start to shrivel if you keep drinking. Okay?”
EMILY HAMPSHIRE (12 Monkeys)
“My advice to you, EW, turning 25, is just enjoy your success at that age and don’t feel like you should be somewhere, because you’re going to look back and be like, ‘I was there! I was where I was supposed to be, and I was learning.’”
And like Day, Hampshire also had something to say about skin: “And your skin is so good at 25. You don’t even realize it, EW.”
For more, check out our 25th Anniversary Reunions Issue, on newsstands now and available for purchase here.