No, Amanda Seales is not running for public office. But she does humorously explore the idea in her new documentary comedy, In Amanda We Trust, now available via Patreon. The comedian, best known for her role on Insecure and HBO stand-up special I Be Knowin’, performs at the Kennedy Center in the film and then hits the streets of Washington, DC, to speak with both government representatives and everyday people about the issues facing our society today.
Independently produced by her company, Smart Funny & Black, the special brings Seales the same sense of pride that came with purchasing her first home, which she proceeded to renovate and fill with color, patterns, and art. (Including her own—a painter without much time to paint, she is striving to create one piece of work per year.)
“This was the first home that I ever bought, and that really means a lot to me,” the former Bring the Funny host tells AD. “So I’m in the age of independence and all the things happening at once are really exciting.” Below, she tells us more about her pad.
Architectural Digest: What city do you live in?
Amanda Seales: Calabasas, California.
Describe the style of your home in one sentence.
I would describe the style of my home as modern art.
What is one kitchen item you use every single day?
To say we redid our kitchen is very generous. We slaughtered the kitchen and created a whole new house. When we did that, I did away with overhead cabinets and I created pullout cabinets that are each six feet tall, that have our dishes and our mugs and our glasses. They’re my invention, and I’m very proud of it.
What is your favorite gadget or appliance?
We have [a smart home automation system called] Savant in our home. It feels very Jetsons. You can unlock the door and open the garages from anywhere in the world, and it controls the surround sound and the TVs. It’s on a remote, but we could give it voice commands. We just haven’t gone that far with it, but we could be on a Star Trek ship if we wanted to.
What is your bedtime ritual?
I try to watch something that is not going to make me sad. That’s the rule. I was watching Silo and I was like, “Cut it out. Can’t do it. No dystopia.” So I’m currently watching The Other Two, which is genius, and I even went back to 30 Rock.
What is your ideal bedding setup?
There’s two things that I have way too many of, and it’s tracksuits and bedding. I never feel like I have enough. I love beautiful prints, but my partner is the complete simplest minimalist. He has a studio in the house, and you go in his studio and you’re like, “Are we in the same house?” With the bedding I have to find a happy medium. It can’t be too crazy, but also I’m not putting a plain-color comforter on. So I work with textures and dyes, and I just like to make sure that we always have a pop of color. Our bedroom is the only room that I feel like I haven’t figured out [because of our different styles].