How do you personally feel about spicy food?
When I was going through the casting process, I kept being like, “But you guys know I’m ap**** when it comes to spicy stuff.”
They were like, “Okay.” I’m Brazilian, born and raised, and people are always like, “Brazilians love spicy.” I’m like, “That’s a complete misconception.”
I love it in theory. My body does not. I’m like an old Jewish woman when it comes to anything spicy. I have heartburn if I even look at it. I had to take very small bites when I was tasting the stuff [on the show].
Is there anything that sticks out in your memory as the spiciest thing you’ve ever eaten?
I had a Thai pepper once … a little red pepper. I didn’t mean to eat it, and I ate it and for like a week, it was rough. That’s how long it takes my body to clear it.
I know you said you usually eat relatively small portions of the food that people cook, and sometimes people’s food — it turns out looking like what you wanted it, or not really — but there is anything that you were like, “Oh this is actually really good”? Was there a best thing you ate during filming?
A couple of people did really well, because we tried to find people that were home chefs, people that were comfortable cooking at home. A lot of the women, actually, on the show were pretty good. There was a stuffed pepper that I tried that was really good. Somebody did a chicken that was pretty good, but I was always scared of the poultry, because I’m like, “Are you guys actually cooking this or were you just talking?”
I wouldn’t say the food was the highlight at the end. What was more enjoyable for me was seeing people bond over the process.
Was There was anything I didn’t ask about that you wanted to mention?
I’m excited for people to watch the show. The world’s really dark right now, and we could all use a nice little summer binge.
I also have a special coming out on YouTube, which is very exciting. It’s called “Jaded.” It’s going to be coming out at Helium Comedy Studios, on their YouTube page. They’re releasing 12 comedy specials, [with] great comics on the lineup — Alonzo Bodden, some really cool people — so I’m very, very proud to be a part of that. It’s taken me 14 years to get this special together, so hopefully, people watch the show, and they see me and want a little more poop jokes, so they go to my special.
All 10 episodes of Season 1 of “Hotties” will be available for streaming on Hulu on Aug. 16.
This interview has been edited for clarity.