Exclusive: Desmin Borges Talks ‘You’re the Worst,’ Breakfast Nachos, & Kanye West

Desmin Borges

As Edgar on FX’s You’re the Worst, Desmin Borges delivered one of the funniest lines of the year, “Fun hipster shit is just poor Latino shit from 10 years ago.” Ain’t it the truth! On the eve of the dark comedy’s season finale, the Puerto Rican, Italian and Greek actor talks about portraying a character with post-traumatic stress disorder respectfully and accurately, his Chicago roots, and his feisty mixture of cultures.

Even though the show is based in Los Angeles, most of its stars live in New York City.

Right. Myself, Aya [Cash], and Kether [Donohue] all live in Brooklyn and Chris [Geere] lives in Manchester. None of us live in L.A. and when you move our East Coast sensibilities to that West Coast relaxed type of energy it creates a cool dynamic.

Where did you grow up?

I’m originally from Chicago—Logan’s Square but I grew up in Houston, Texas from when I was 9 to 18. It was definitely a culture clash from me being a city boy and then to the suburbs. But I claim Chicago. Most of my family is still in Chicago and even when we lived in Texas we went to Chicago twice a year. I would spend every summer there. I definitely claim Chi-Town.

As a Chi-Town native, do you claim Kanye West?

I claimed Kanye until he started doing that nasty, “Haaaaaaaa!” on every single song. I was with him until Late Registration but I did like his G.O.O.D. Friday mixtape. He had so many dope people who were sampled on it. On Yeezus I feel like it broke ground in some ways but it was such an angry album. The beats are always dope but his rhymes dropped off.

So you’re Puerto Rican, Italian and Greek—how do you manage all those fiery cultures? And are you hairy?

[Laughs] Well, I have an aesthetically pleasing amount of hair. It’s not overly hairy. I watched a lot of arguments growing up and it would be so funny. It didn’t matter if it was the Italians, Greeks or Puerto Ricans we would be sitting down for dinner for the holidays and an aunt would fight with an uncle. Something would get broken and five minutes later everyone is sitting down together. It was just the nature of the beast. From watching it I shied away from anger in my own life. If it’s something that’s out of my control I try not to get upset about it, which is 99 percent of life. The only things we do have control of are words and our actions. I try to level those impulses out.

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