I spend so much time hoping things for myself.

Jenny Slate

Jenny Slate

Profession: Actress
Nationality: American

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I loved pretending to be a middle-aged Jewish woman. I just wanted to do what I saw Gilda Radner and Carol Burnett doing. But I'm not a particularly good impressionist. It was never my strong suit.

A woman who is not ready to have a baby making it work is not a happy ending to me. It's a personal nightmare.

I sometimes think my earnestness is confused for stupidity, but it shouldn't be.

I'm tired of someone being called 'quirky' because they tripped or got a stain on their shirt. It's like a beautiful blonde lady who's quirky because she has bedhead, or she's quirky because she sometimes says the wrong, cute thing. I like it when women are quirky as human beings.

I grew up idolizing Madeline Kahn and Lily Tomlin and Carol Burnett, Ruth Gordon, Rosalind Russell, Amy Irving, women who were stylish and real actresses who did real work and could not be replaced with anyone else. You cannot cast anyone else in Madeline Kahn's roles.

I like any film where the female characters are complex and have a functioning imperfection.

For some reason, I never watched Lifetime but just discovered it. I was like, 'Oh, it's all rom-coms!'

My baseline function is I'm usually really happy and optimistic. I think I really genuinely like being alive, and I've got a spring in my step - that's what I've been like all my life.

I feel I have to be totally cemented in my position, all: 'You can't tell me what to do with my body', but there is another part of me that is, you know, myself: vulnerable, with lots of doubts.

It's important to say that it's not just men that can be man-children. Women can be grown-up women and still have the playfulness of people who are younger.

'Obvious Child,' the short, had a nice life online and a great festival run, but the short and the feature still stand apart from everything else I've done. I play a woman who you might meet in life. My other work is much more heightened.

I don't like taking physical risks at all. I take a lot of emotional risks, and I don't feel like I need to get on a bike or a horse or jump off of anything ever.

I'm usually a fairly harsh critic. It depends. I tend to really not watch my work, because I just feel uncomfortable, and I can be highly critical.

If I'm going to have baked goods in the morning, the rule is that I have to make them myself.