Be Here Nowish: Ep 1 Free Here :)

As people who read this blog remember, the second season of Be Here Nowish (the web series I play a supporting role in and helped write) came out last month. The show is about two sexually progressive women who move to LA in search of a spiritual awakening. It’s super lol, and sweet, and queer, and if you’re into new age culture (or if you like to laugh at new age culture) then I suggest you watch it :) The first ep is free above. The next 5 eps can be rented for a total of $3.99. Look—I know everyone likes free stuff. But $3.99 is the price of a coffee. (Or at least a coffee in New York.) And the money means that the people who worked really hard on this show can at least break even, so thanks :) Oh and p.s. I’m not in ep 1 but I’m in most of the others lol.

High Sex: Part 1, Vampire Lovers

The filmmakers Alexandra Roxo and Natalia Leite, creators of the comedy, new-agey web series Be Here Nowish, launch High Sex, a new column for Slutever where they discuss sex and spirituality… while high on mushrooms, obviously. This time, the topic under discussion is “vampire lovers”—aka the type of lover who sucks out your life force. We’ve all had one. Continue reading “High Sex: Part 1, Vampire Lovers”

Be Here Nowish: Eps 1-4 :)

Be Here Nowish, the new comedy web series that I play a part is, has finally begun airing, yay! I’ve said this many times before (sorry for being a bit of a broken record), but Be Here Nowish was created by Natalia Leite and Alexandra Roxo–who write, direct and star in the show–and follows two sexually progressive New York girls who run off to LA in search of a spiritual awakening. Below are the first four episodes (they’re each like 8-12 min), and there will be more episodes coming out this Thursday, and even more after that. Enjoy!

P.S. The show also features amazing and talented people like Ry Russo-Young, Liz Armstrong, Adam Carpenter, and was made in part by the incredible Dagmar Weaver-Madsen and Sarah Tricker (and many more). 

Episode 1:

Episode 2:

Episode 3:

Episode 4:

Dating in the ~New Age~

My new Breathless column for Vogue weighs in on dating in the “new age,” and what to do when you find out the person you’re sleeping with has crystals on their bedside table. I interviewed Alexandra Roxo and Natalia Leite–the creators of Be Here Nowish, the new comedy web series about new age culture–for the article. Also, Be Here Nowish (which I play a part in, as I’ve mentioned on here a couple times) just began airing! There’s a link to the episodes in the Vogue article :)

Be Here Nowish Premier and Trailer!

Be Here Nowish, the comedy web series I play a part in, is finally about to premier! The premier party is next Wednesday, April 9th, at the Jane Hotel in Manhattan. Creators Alexandra Roxo and Natalia Leite will be screening the first 4 episodes (each are about 10 min), and there will be lots of drinking and dancing and flirting as well. Come one, come all! 

For those who can’t make it to the premier, the show will begin airing online on on April 7th. To get you up to speed on what the show is about, THIS is an article I wrote about it. But if you can’t be bothered to read, THIS is the new trailer! Yay! 

Be Here Nowish: Behind the Scenes


I wrote this article about Be Here Nowish, the upcoming web show that I’m very excited to be a part of, for the December issue of Dazed & Confused! Pics by Henrique Plantikow. Trailer at the bottom of the article.

New age culture is hella popular these days. Everywhere you go someone’s talking about what cleanse they’re on, their recent Peruvian ayahuasca retreat or how you just have to meet their shaman. The new web show Be Here Nowish taps into the zeitgeist, highlighting the humour in these newly trendy traditions and acting as a Portlandia for Los Angeles’s vast new-age community.

Be Here Nowish was created by Natalia Leite (pictured above with me) and Alexandra Roxo (below, red curls), who write, direct and star in the show. The story follows two sexually progressive New York girls who run off to LA in search of a spiritual awakening. What follows is a series of spiritual boot camps, crystal healings, plant medicine ceremonies, difficult yoga poses and sage-cleansed threesomes. Most of what happens in the show is based on Natalia and Alexandra’s own personal experience of the spiritual communities in both LA and NYC. “We’re not poking fun at any of these beliefs because the show is largely based on our lives,” says Alexandra. “We are simply enjoying the humour in rituals and ideas that we actually enjoy and are very respectful of. Like, paying someone $100 to clean your colon while telling you spiritual mantras is kind of ridiculous, but I would still do it, y’know?”

The show features cameos from members of TV on the Radio, CSS and CREEP, as well as featuring amazing people like director Ry Russo-Young,  writer Liz Armstrong, actor Adam Carpenter and filmmakers Sarah Tricker and Dagmar Weaver-Madsen. And I play 
a part too, as a yoga-loving trust-fund lesbian! LOL. Be Here Nowish will be coming to your laptop this winter at To whet your appetite, I interviewed the girls about a handful of the show’s essential props…

Alexandra Roxo


Alexandra Roxo: This bundle of sage is used during a lesbian threesome to cleanse the room before sex. We’re interested in portraying lifestyles and sexual habits that don’t necessarily conform to what we see in other media. There are lesbian and queer characters on the show and sexuality is talked about openly. Although there isn’t anything that weird. Tantric sex, threesomes, gays, S&M, body bags – these are all pop-culture friendly, or at least things people have seen before.

Natalia Leite: In our opinion, a lot of lesbians on TV and in movies are very clichéd, and we wanted to create something more accurate to our community. Orange is the New Black is great for portraying lesbians, but then again, they’re in prison, so what does that tell you?

Tarot cards on the set of Be Here Nowish  

Tarot cards, witch oils, 
palo santo, vibrator

NL: My introduction to alternative spirituality came from my mom when I was growing up in Brazil. I have a memory of a strange man coming over to our house and throwing salt all over everything, then sweeping it out the front door. When I was a teenager my mom would secretly lay rolls of tin foil under my mattress – apparently it reflects energy. She was always doing weird stuff like that. I was like, ‘My mom is crazy.’ 
I was too young to understand any of it back then, but as I got older I was able to pick out certain parts that made sense to me, and eventually I found my own direction within the spiritual world.

AR: My mom took me to see my first psychic when I was 14. I’ve studied various types of meditation, I’ve gone to a free activist witch camp in the woods of Oregon, I’ve been a part of real pagan rituals, and I also grew up Christian in the south in the Bible Belt and regularly saw people speaking in tongues. So because Natalia and I have had all of these experiences personally, we’re able to tap into these varying elements of spirituality throughout the show. It’s all part of who we are.

Crew filming Be Here Nowish

Jar of “piss”

NL: When our characters first arrive in LA they undergo a spiritual boot camp in order to prepare themselves mentally, physically and spiritually for their plant medicine ceremony. One of the things the leader of the boot camp makes them do is drink a jar of their own piss.

AR: It’s called urine therapy, and it’s prescribed by many holistic doctors for curing a variety of ailments. Our characters are sort of freaked out by it, as you’d imagine most people would be.

NL: We used apple juice mixed with water for the scene. I wouldn’t ever want to actually drink my own piss. That crosses the line for me.

AR: I’ve done it.

Body bag

AR: This is actually a sensory deprivation tool, but ‘body body’ became our on-set nickname for it because it really looks like one. This features in the show during a sex scene. The point is for the person inside the bag to go into a meditative black hole of sorts where their senses become heightened, allowing them to be 
further stimulated.

NL: I’m the one who had to go into the bag, and let me tell you it was not fun. They kept saying ‘cut’ and forgetting that I couldn’t let myself out, so I kept having to scream for help between takes. Also, during one of the takes someone accidentally sat on my head.

Evidence of alternative spirituality

Linda Goodman’s Love Signs

AR: This is a book written in the 70s about forming relationships through the guidance of astrology. In the show my character uses the book to check if her sign is compatible with the sign of a guy she’s dating before they experiment with tantric sex. I’ve experimented with tantric sex. Something specific about that type of sex is that it goes in waves – your partner brings you really close to orgasm, but then waits, and then they bring you close again, and then they wait, and that goes on for a while, but when you finally come it lasts far longer and is far more intense than usual, and you and your partner can come at exactly the same time. There are also spiritual and energetic components to it – when you’re experiencing that pre-orgasmic state with someone for an extended period of time it can be very emotional, and you can achieve heightened levels of intimacy.

NL: I don’t know… It seems like way too much work for me. I’m a very spiritual person but when it comes to sex I don’t want to look into someone’s eyes and cry and try to connect with their spirit or whatever. I just want to fuck.

Be Here Now-ish

My amazing friends Alexandra Roxo and Natalia Leite are currently in the process of making a comedy web series called BE HERE NOW-ish. The show follows two sexually progressive girls who decide to ditch their down-and-out lives in New York and move to LA in search of a spiritual awakening. And guess what, I have a small part in the show too, playing a new-agey lesbian, yay! The project is amazing so far, and they’ve just launched a Kickstarter in order to raise funds to finish filming their sexy/lolz/queer masterpiece. Above is their Kickstarter video, which includes the show’s trailer!

Here’s what Alexandra and Natalia have to say about their series: “We wanted to create a show that openly, without judgement or taboo, shows the absurdity and depth of the exploration of sexuality and spirituality, and how these things are changing for our generation. In a sea of media that comments on our generation’s pitfalls and strengths, we feel there is nothing that accurately depicts the world we live in … a world where managing to survive/pay bills/pay for $15 cheeseburgers and $10 kale juices on weirdo freelance schedules is “normal,” while juggling magic and meditation groups and dance parties till 3 AM.  Where dating is more complex than trigonometry and commitment is scarce. Where people choose their personal pronouns, girls look like boys, boys look like girls, sexuality is fluid, sex is complicated, and laughter is abundant.”

Sounds good to me.