Q. You look familiar. Do I know you?

A. Possible but not probable. 

You might have seen me on Law & Order: SVU, The Big C, Bunheads, Iron Man 2, etc. If you were born after 1980 you may vaguely recognize me from "Lamb Chop's Play Along." If you live in Manhattan, we might ride the A train together. Please let me sit down. 

Otherwise, I guess I just look like your cousin's friend or something.

Q. What Hogwarts house are you?

A. Gryffindor. I'm more fight than flight.

Too much bravado for Hufflepuff. Too much Catholic guilt for Slytherin. Too little focus for Ravenclaw.

Q. Who the h*Ll is actually from NYC and LA?

A. The Gallo's are New York natives who moved out west in the early nineties. My dad is a long-time music industry executive so we followed him to SoCal and never looked back. (I'm romanticizing here. I was four when we moved.) Broadway beckoned me back to Manhattan when I was 18. I've been bouncing between coasts ever since. 

Q. Bi-coastal, huh? so where does your alliance lie when it comes to sports? 

Los Angeles- Lakers and Kings.
New York- Yankees and Giants.

Full disclosure: I'm still foggy on the rules of football. I have to pretend that I understand what people are talking about and it's basically exhausting. 

Q. Which city is better: LA or NYC?

A. LA could use less traffic. NYC could use less snow. I call both cities home... much to everyone's confusion. 

It also should be said here that I think I may be the key to solving the East coast versus West coast rap war. No plan yet. I just have this gut feeling.

Q. "girl detective"? REally?

A. In college my nickname was Nancy Drew. I'm very into mysteries, true crime, Angela Lansbury and Scooby Snacks. Also, I'm pretty good at getting to the bottom of things. Whatever that means.

I'm so jealous of Andrew Jarecki, it's unreal. 

Q. word on the street is you're very into podcasts. recommendations? 

A. I hope you have space on your phone for this list.

  • Pod Save America
  • My Favorite Murder
  • The Nerdist
  • Broadway Backstory
  • The Moment with Brian Koppelman
  • The West Wing Weekly
  • Here's The Thing with Alec Baldwin
  • NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour

Q. Special skills?

A. I'm overflowing with pointless information so I'm useful during bar games and annoying during Jeopardy.

Other than that, I did study musical theater for almost my whole life so I sing and dance  and ...all that jazz. 

I think it deserves mentioning that I'm not one of those people who is always cold. That's not a skill but it feels like it should be. 

Q. Is there anything you're not good at?

A. I'm an imperfect person as evidenced below.

  • I'm a terrible liar. I will ruin all pranks. 
  • Balancing equations. Calculus. Physics. 
  • I have weak hands. I can't open anything.
  • I'm good at driving but not at parking. 

Q. Who are your Favorite first ladies?

A. In no particular order-

  • Jackie Kennedy
  • Dolley Madison
  • Hillary Clinton
  • Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Abigail Adams
  • Michelle Obama

Q. What is your Myers-Briggs personality type? 

A. I'm an ENFP, (Extraverted Intuitive Feeling Perceiving or Extraverted Intuition with Introverted Feeling) also known as The Inspirer or The Champion. Other ENFPs include Bill Clinton, Mark Twain, Orson Welles, Walt Disney, Oscar Wilde and Dr. Seuss name a few.  

Q. If you weren't a writer what would you be doing?

A. By day, I would be an American historian. 
And of course, I'd moonlight as a private eye.

"I'd say it's glamorous and classy traveling by train but I don't think it applies to 20-somethings carrying their stuff in Forever 21 bags."

-@Caitlinjgallo 7/13/12 6:31 PM