'Love' Star Gillian Jacobs: I’ve Never Had Alcohol in My Life

By Bryan Le 03/12/18

"I’m frequently cast as someone who is either struggling with addiction or drinks [but] I’ve never had alcohol in my life.”

Gillian Jacobs at the 61st Annual ACE Eddie Awards, Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA. 02-19-11
She only acts drunk.

Netflix’s Love is over, and so ends Gillian Jacobs’ run as Mickey, a character who has battled alcoholism, love addiction and drug addiction throughout the series.

“It’s the final chapter for Mickey and Gus,” Jacobs tells People of the show’s central characters. “They’re going to start out really trying to be in a relationship, and we’re going to see how it goes. These are two imperfect people who manage to get in their own way, get in each other’s way, and then there’s always outside circumstances.”

The show is loosely based on the real love story of show creators Paul Rust and Lesley Arfin, but has taken creative liberties with the true story, says Jacobs.

“It’s not too closely based on a real-life story,” said the 35-year-old actress. “At this point three seasons into a show, it’s really its own thing. And all the supporting characters are the creation of this show.”

Throughout the series, Jacobs' character, Mickey, grapples not only with alcohol and drug use, but love and sex addiction as well. Portraying characters with substance use issues has provided Jacobs with the opportunity to expand her horizons, as she herself has never had a sip of alcohol.

“It’s always been kind of confusing to me that I’m frequently cast as someone who is either struggling with addiction or drinks, given the fact that I’ve never had alcohol in my life,” she reflected, regarding her character in Love as well as the comedy series Community. “I really loved the way the show has handled Mickey’s addiction, her relationship to 12-step programs. I’ve learned so much through the character, and I really think that it has made it a big difference in my own life.”

Despite being forthcoming with her personal connection to her character, Jacobs remained tight-lipped about the finale of Love. But she is willing to say that despite the dark comedy that pervades the show’s themes, she believes that it’s “ultimately a hopeful show.”

“Its characters continue to try to do better for themselves,” she explained. “They are making mistakes because everyone makes mistakes. I think there is ultimately this hopeful message underneath the dysfunction.”

All episodes of the third and final season are available to stream on Netflix.

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