Thank you for having me.
I’m Jeremy Allen White.
These are my essentials.
So right here, I have my moleskin journal.
I don’t know what I have kind of written in here now.
Some drawings, it looks like, from my daughters,
but mostly it’s for kind of organizing my thoughts.
I have a hard time figuring out my days,
so I’ll make a list in here.
And this is where I keep my scripts.
Il Bisonte, they’re really, really beautiful.
They work in leather.
They also make bags and stuff.
Got my first one, which is kind of a darker leather
from a really good friend, Gary Goldman,
for my 21st birthday,
and I always have one of these on set with me.
I bought these for the whole cast of Shameless
as a wrap gift when we finished.
On the inside, I had this put in.
It says, One bad turn deserves another.
If you’re familiar with Shameless,
there’s this staircase that goes down
into the Gallagher kitchen in the Gallagher house,
and there was a little sign on it that said,
One bad turn deserves another,
and so I would stare at that sign all the time for 11 years.
So this is in all of them.
I got, I guess the last thing I worked on was The Bear,
and I guess I was hanging onto the pilot episode
for a long time.
I didn’t know these were in here,
but these are all of Carmy’s tattoos from The Bear.
I have a buddy, Benny Shields,
who’s a really wonderful tattoo artist
and he helped me design all of them.
These angels, I thought maybe Carmy would’ve gotten
when his brother was still alive,
that maybe he would’ve gotten them
for his sister and his brother.
They’re right here.
Carmy’s tattoos, extras.
That’s a Pyrex with the world in it.
SOU, sense of urgency.
Always. I don’t know if that’s always on time.
I don’t think I actually used this one.
But yeah, it was interesting
to kind of get to know a character through tattoos
and really discuss where and why he got these things,
and kind of make discoveries about a character
through that process.
I’d never done it before.
I think for Carmy, they’re sort of an armor
and I don’t think he felt that tough all the time,
and that got him here.
Okay, so this is a New York Mets hat,
not to be confused with a Yankees hat.
A lot of people ask me
if this was pre-distressed and very expensive.
It wasn’t, it’s a normal hat.
I wear it a lot and I wash it a lot
and it’s just really beat.
I think it’s honestly probably on its last legs,
but I’m really gonna wear it until it’s all done.
I grew up watching the Yankees,
but my wife is truly a die hard Mets fan,
so I switched up probably seven years ago
and started rooting for the Mets.
I guess that’s love.
I’ve got my little weekender bag
and these things pretty much live in that bag,
and I’ve got probably five or six notes
in there from my wife.
But if I’m going anywhere, she’ll write me a note
and she’ll oftentimes write a note from our three year old.
Our three year old can’t write yet,
so my wife will write one for her.
It’s so nice when you’re missing home to have ’em close.
I usually have ’em on the table right next to my bed
and yeah, I’ll read ’em when I wake up,
before I go to bed, middle of the day.
I love reading them.
I miss ’em and it makes me think of them when I’m away.
And then these, it’s a little bit weird.
We ended up, a couple years ago, with all these single socks
and we didn’t know what to do with them.
So my wife and I started taking them with us
whenever we went anywhere.
Our daughters have stuffed animals,
that’s their sort of safety blankets,
and we have these safety socks.
We love them, it makes us feel close to ’em,
so yeah, we take ’em around.
Okay, this is Diptyque candle.
I was introduced to these candles
by a fancy friend a couple years ago.
I have them all over our house,
and whenever I go anywhere to do a job
or really go anywhere, I’m obviously missing home a lot,
so I’ll always pick these up,
just to give me that little sense of home.
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, specifically the fig.
That is my favorite.
Another thing I really take with me everywhere
are these sneakers, white on white Nike Cortez.
I usually, I’ll keep one pair that’s kind of clean,
in case I wanna wear it to something nice.
But then I definitely like the way that they look
once they get beat up,
and I have a kick around one as well
that’s just my everyday shoe.
Nike stopped making white on white Cortez a year ago.
It’s a $60 shoe.
Now they’re on StockX for 250, 300.
Maybe you guys at GQ could help me out.
I’m sure you know some people over at Nike.
But yeah, so this one is actually,
I think this is a women’s size 12.
My best friend, Gabe Gomez, found these for me.
I love the shoe.
I love the shape of it.
It’s super comfortable.
You can exercise in ’em.
It’s been probably six years of me wearing the shoe
and I’ll never stop, so Nike, please help me out.
More white on white Nike Cortez, thank you.
This is a little speaker.
It’s called a Boombot Rex.
I don’t think they make them anymore.
Obviously there are a lot
of good portable speakers out there.
I really like this one.
It’s super durable
and I usually wear it while I’m riding my bike.
That’s how I get around in New York.
I have a lot of friends
and I know there’s a lot of people out there
that have their Air Pods in their ears
while they’re riding their bike.
I’m worried about you guys.
You gotta be paying attention to stuff.
This is nice.
It’s got a really nice sound.
You can hear what you’re listening to and make phone calls,
but you can also remain aware of what’s going on around you,
which is important when you’re riding your bike.
Right now, I’m listening to a lot of GoldLink.
Jimmy Cook’s on the playlist for this summer.
I’ve got You’re the One on the playlist.
I’ve got some LL Cool J, Around the Way Girl.
Yeah, a lot of New York artists.
Okay, so we have S&B Crunchy Garlic Oil.
This is something that we found during the pandemic.
We started going out and getting these orders
from Cookbook in LA, which is a really lovely
sort of specialty grocery store,
and they threw this in the bag one day, and yeah it’s great,
and it goes on anything.
You can put it on sandwiches, eggs,
obviously rice and noodle dishes are really really great.
I discovered this before The Bear came around,
and I was really useless in the kitchen,
so this was especially helpful.
Since then, we started The Bear
and I’ve learned a couple more things,
and yeah, I will have this everywhere with me.
I have these gloves.
You can pick ’em up anywhere.
They’re like 2.99, 3.99, really inexpensive.
I have a lot of ’em, I’m always losing them.
I’ll find a park with an outdoor gym.
That’s how I like to exercise.
I’ll bring some jump rope
and I’ll do some pull-ups pushups, dips, all that stuff.
All that stuff can be pretty rough on your hands.
They make you look pretty serious.
I like exercising outside, especially in New York
in these outdoor gyms in the parks
because there’s always gonna be someone there
that’s tougher than you.
So I find that I’ll get sort of quietly competitive
and I’ll end up training a little bit harder.
Whenever you do pull-ups, you should take your rings off,
so I’m gonna talk a little bit about my jewelry.
This is really the first piece of jewelry
that I ever started wearing.
That’s just a nice little W.
My last name is White,
and I actually, I bought this for my father for Christmas
but he’s got really big fingers and they didn’t fit,
so it became mine.
This is just a really simple little gold chain,
and on it here is a New York subway token.
I grew up here in New York.
My father had a big jar of these growing up
in our apartment.
And now everybody in the family has one.
My sister wears one around her neck.
My mother, my wife does.
She’s also from New York.
My dad has one.
This one’s really sweet.
My wife had this one made.
That’s my daughter’s name there.
That’s Ezer, and I’ll give it to Ezzy one day, I’m sure,
so I’m just keeping it safe for until she can put it on.
This one is this really really nice ring,
and in there, it’s just an E and a D
for my daughters, Ezer and Dolores.
I love the shape of it.
I love the shape of kind of all their stuff.
It’s kind of masculine and feminine at the same time.
And yeah, that’s my jewelry.
And my wedding ring is right here,
but that’s all of it, yeah.
Facial Fuel from Kiehl’s.
I don’t do a lot of stuff for my face.
I wash it with water, warm water,
and then I put this stuff on.
It’s got SPF, it smells nice.
It makes me feel good.
I feel like, with this, I don’t need much else,
even if that might not be completely true.
We were shooting The Bear in Chicago
in January and February,
so I would be putting this on all throughout the day.
You skin gets really dry.
I love to go to bath houses,
so I always make sure I have this
if I’m going to any of the Korean spots in LA,
or my favorite bathhouse, the Russian Turkish bathhouse,
in the East Village here in New York.
I always have a book with me.
This book is the one I’m kind of reading right now,
but I find it important to take a book with me,
even if I don’t read it, wherever I’m going
You don’t wanna be out there looking like a bozo.
You should always have a book with you.
I doubt I will finish it.
I don’t often finish books,
but you should always have a book with you.
Don’t get caught out there traveling without a book.
GQ, thank you so much for having me.
I hope you guys all got to know me a little bit better.
This is me here on the table
and I truly do want to know about the Nikes.
I could use your help.
I love these shoes.
I don’t know what I’ll do without them.
So let me know.
Thank you guys.