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When Jack Falahee isn’t filming for ABC’s breakout drama How to Get Away With Murder, in which he plays sex-hungry gay law student Connor Walsh, he spends his time doing something a little more tame: He volunteers at Alma’s Community Outreach Program in L.A.
Founded by Alma Restaurant’s Ashleigh Parsons, who co-owns the DTLA dining hot spot with chef and James Beard Award finalist Ari Taymor, the program aims to provide youths around the Los Angeles area with an education fostering their community through gardening, cooking and eating together. After finding out about the nonprofit organization through a friend, the 26-year-old actor has made volunteering part of his weekly schedule lately.
“I think simply the shared experience of having a meal and preparing it together, what that can do with a group of people,” Falahee told Pret-a-Reporter of why he enjoys being part of the program. “Especially on the first day when I was there. I was a complete stranger to these girls, but by the end of the class, when we had made this meal together, we all knew each other a little bit better. I think that’s really a significant and positive thing.”
The youth volunteers have also enjoyed his company. “He’s natural at connecting with students. The students absolutely love him and request him to be present at every lesson,” said a cheerful Parsons, whose goal with the program is to “reconnect our youth with their bodies, with the food they eat and where it comes from.”
Added Taymor: “We’re just committed to being as entrenched into the fabric of life here as much as possible. It makes sense to teach and learn from all over.”
In showing his support for the charity, Falahee hosted a shopping event on Thursday evening at the 3.1 Phillip Lim boutique on Robertson Blvd., benefiting Alma’s Community Outreach. Asked if he cooks now after being part of the program, the actor chuckled and said he’s “trying to get into it.” His one go-to dish? “My grandma’s gnocchi. It’s very simple — just some flour, eggs and ricotta cheese. If I’m feeling spunky, I’ll give a go at homemade red sauce.”
Not only can the Michigan native whip up a decent homemade meal, he’s well-dressed too. Clad in head-to-toe all-black 3.1. Phillip Lim, Falahee shared that the best investment piece that guys can have is a leather jacket.
“Honest, I have a couple that I wear. It doesn’t have to be a big investment. My favorite leather jacket I got for 40 bucks at the Fairfax Flea Market like eight years ago,” said the actor. “Leather just gets better over time. There’s something about a jacket that you have over years and years — just fits like a glove.”
Other style tips he offered for dudes? Get a tailor “because I think too many guys don’t have their clothes tailored, and I was one of those guys about six months” and “wear what makes you feel badass.” Guys, got it?
Find more info about Alma’s Community Outreach Program here.
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