I wanted to go to New York and be a stage actress, doing things like Chekhov. None of that happened, and then I went to L.A. and an agent said, 'I think you belong in commercials and TV.' So I did that and got some opportunities that I absolutely love.
I feel like I work on scripts for comedy as well as dramatic stuff the same.
Jeff Kinney is tall and has a great smile, but dont be fooled, hes as slick as they come. A real player. And how he came up with a book that appeals to kids ages 8-13 baffles me. Hes an unbelievably kind man with a great family.
When I moved to New York out of college, that was my goal. To be a stage actress. And to do dramatic works. Like Madea, and Night, Mother, and Sam Shepard, and all that kind of stuff. Thats what I really wanted to do.
Whatever the situation at hand, thats what Im dealing with and trying to be true to it in that moment.
As much as I don't want to admit it, I really am a people pleaser. If I throw a party at my house, it's hard for me to relax. I'm too obsessed with whether everyone's having a good time.
I told my agent which women I aspire to have a career like: Frances McDormand, Kate Winslet, Laura Linney and Emma Thompson - character actresses who have something to say. I also said that I loved Madeline Kahn and Jessica Lange.
In my early 20s, I didn't even know what the Groundlings was. I had no idea. But I know how to break down a script and work on the character.
I'm a big fan of Samantha Bee's.
I told my agents that I love Holly Hunter and Frances McDormand and all of these women who are good at doing comedies, as well as dramas.
I really wanted to do things that weren't comic. It felt like finding people who can see this other side to me.
I come from the place of thinking, 'Whatever works for people' - and if you haven't been exposed to anything else, you really don't know better.
I love Frances McDormand so much. I love her career. And I think it's fun because she gets to do comedy as well as drama.
I grew up in a suburb of Ohio, in a small town, and I resonated with that small-town feeling where everybody knows your business.
I love doing sitcoms. I love doing comedy. I love the whole shooting match.
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