Emily Heller - The Evolution of a Weirdo

Emily Heller Season 5, Ep 9 09/23/2016 Views: 1,375

While growing up in San Francisco, Emily Heller's parents encouraged her to develop her own personal style, no matter how strange it was. (1:38)

Which is, uh,

offensive, unfair, untrue.

I was not a nerd.

Nerds had...

other nerds to playDungeons & Dragons with.

People to hang out with.

I was a spazzy weirdo.

We're our own thing.

Kind of the bad boysof the general loser community.

All of the alienation,none of the brains.

I couldn't find anyonethat was into the stuff

I was into as a kid.

I'll give you an example.

When I was 11,

my dad made me scrambled eggsfor breakfast one morning,

and I said, "This is amazing,what's in this?"

And he said, "Oregano."

So naturally,I took a small tub of oregano

and I taped a string to it,

and I wore it as a necklace...

every day...

to school...

for three months.

And because I'm fromSan Francisco,

my parents just...

let me do that.

They were just like,"Go on out into the world.

"Be free, follow your heart.

Who are we to stop you?"

Who are you to stop me?

You're actuallythe only people who can.

It's kind of part of your job,right?

Just to give me a once-overbefore I leave the house,

make sure there's no trashdangling from my body.

You're dropping the ball.