Going into my interview with Adam Body, I had a very clear agenda: Ask a few questions about his show, StartUp, and then find a subtle way to get him to talk about Gilmore Girls and answer extremely important questions like, "Who do you think is the father of Rory's baby?" That's not how the interview went.
StartUp, for those of you who didn't watch all three seasons in three days (it's fine, I'm fine), is a high-stakes tech drama about the owners of a Gab-esque site called Araknet. Brody enjoys watching the show with wife Leighton Meester to self-critique, but says it's a process that's sometimes "mortifying." Like me/you/everyone, he can't stand the sound of himself in voicemails or on television because "I sound disgusting." And when asked how he shakes such a dark role at the end of the day, he gets charmingly self-deprecating, saying "I wish I was a good enough actor to be able to, like, not shake something."
"I'm a Luddite, and I'm slow to adapt to any new technology—not because I'm not interested. I'm just lazy about it, so I'll wait until all the kinks are worked out, and it's very user-friendly," he says. Later, he adds, "When I was on The O.C., it was pre-social media, so I felt much less scrutiny. I had much more privacy, and I think that was only good. I tremble at the thought, even now—and I'm 38—of like, what if I had a million followers? That's a responsibility that I don't know if I would want. And, at least from where I stand now, wouldn't want when I'm 23. I don't know, it's a lot of power in a very youthful mind."
When I was on The O.C., it was pre-social media, so I felt much less scrutiny. I had much more privacy, and I think that was only good.
"We got the fucking president we got for many reasons," Brody says. "But he was able to American Idol it to the finish line and bypass all the normal establishment checks and balances by just tweeting his way there. In that way, it's democratizing. It's terrifying, but I think it's equal parts good and bad, and just kind of the new standard. But, I mean, I wouldn't trade my privacy for it, ultimately. I'm still very happy that I came up when I did, pre all this noise."
"We're just flying headlong into the future," he says, sounding like the harbinger of technological doom I never knew I needed. "It's like, yeah, I know there will be people that live off the grid, but they'll be the equivalent of Amish today. We're merging with technology. It's terrifying, but it's so fascinating. There's a very possible future where the data and the algorithms have so much information on us, that we trust that more than ourselves."
So, will we evolve to our doom? I don't know, but if we do—just remember that Adam Brody called it first.