Proust Questionnaire: Anna Mayo ’20

Inés Eisenhour '19

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Oh Anna, my loving pal.

Anna Mayo is known for her big personality and her easy, friend-making skills. She is never afraid to try new things and her fashion, music and movie taste demonstrate that. Her fearless nature is going to take her so far in the arts, and I cannot wait to see where she goes. Nothing can make me doubt that I will see ANNA MAYO in flashing lights one day.

  1. What is your idea of perfect happiness? Watching a good movie .
  2. What is your greatest fear? Existential dread pursuing me for the rest of my life.
  3. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? My ability to let things I cannot control get me down.
  4. What is the trait you most deplore in others? Their inability to be self sufficient.
  5. Which living person do you most admire? Dorothy Poucher.
  6. What is your greatest extravagance? Earrings.
  7. What is your current state of mind? Optimistic nihilism.
  8. What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
  9. On what occasion do you lie? When it seems to benefit me or someone I love in the moment.
  10. Which living person do you most despise? Cameron Diaz. No clue why.
  11. What is the quality you most like in a man? Sensitivity, being comfortable with who they are.
  12. What is the quality you most like in a woman? The ability to be self sufficient.
  13. Which words or phrases do you most overuse? Bananas or whomps.
  14. What or who is the greatest love of your life? Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys or Jake Gyllenhaal. Both really.
  15. When and where were you happiest? Australia circa 2016.
  16. Which talent would you most like to have? Ability to answer personal questions without need for deep introspection.
  17. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? Trapeze arts.
  18. What do you consider your greatest achievement? Understudying Matthew Joseph in the play this year.
  19. If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be? A puffin.
  20. Where would you most like to live? New Zealand or on Route 66.
  21. What is your most treasured possession? My grandmothers music box that plays “Memory”, from Cats.
  22. What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery? Living in fear.
  23. What is your favorite occupation? Cinematographer.
  24. What is your most marked characteristic? My ability to instantly recognize when someone has had a haircut.
  25. What do you most value in your friends? Loyalty.
  26. Who are your favorite writers? Lemony Snicket (Daniel Handler) and James Baldwin.
  27. Who is your hero of fiction? Cosmo Kramer, from Seinfeld.
  28. Which historical figure do you most identify with? Bowie.
  29. Who are your heroes in real life? Mr. Brozowski.
  30. What are your favorite names? Elliott, Quinn, Atlas or Celeste.
  31. What is it that you most dislike? Cucumbers and watermelon.
  32. What is your greatest regret? Giving up on my efforts to be ambidextrous.
  33. How would you like to die? Quicksand or anvil.
  34. What is your motto? “If we wait until we’re ready, we’ll be waiting for the rest of our lives.” – Violet Baudelaire, A Series of Unfortunate Events.

Image courtesy of Anna Mayo’s Instagram.