I tend to be a bit of a workaholic, but I also can't function without some sort of domesticity as well.

Jenny Slate

Jenny Slate

Profession: Actress
Nationality: American

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People say that the best part about doing animation is that you don't have to dress up to go to work, but I don't believe that. I dress up to go to work. I dress up for an airplane. I think it's just focusing your skillset, focusing on your voice and the comedy.

I don't know exactly what's next. But I do know now that it's something rather than nothing.

I think, from a really early age, I just wanted to be an actress. And I ended up doing comedy because it was the thing that kind of, like, came out of my nature the most easily. But, I've always wanted to do as many different kinds of performances - whatever I could.

It's strange: I've done so many things up until I did 'Obvious Child,' including writing children's books and making 'Marcel the Shell.' To me, the through-line is incredibly clear: it all comes from wanting to be connected to my own inner voice and not wanting to be on somebody else's agenda if that means that I can't be myself.

I don't have any horror stories of trying to start as a comedian and eating it constantly on stage.

I want to write a studio movie, but probably one that's for me to be in.

It was so quick for me on 'SNL.' It's not something I consider to be, like, one of the big spaces in my career.

I always wanted to be a children's author, and I have a really big library of children's books. All the ones from when I was little, they are just so beautiful. I read kids' books, and they calm me down.

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.

I hope that the restaurant I go to will have buffalo chicken fingers. I hope that one day I can work with Matt Damon. I have big and little dreams, and they're all equally important to me. A life without buffalo chicken fingers, I don't know if I would want that life. Even if it meant I got to work with Matt Damon. Everything has its worth.

I didn't hit puberty until I was, like, 17, so I love to talk about that.

Don't think twice. If it's a character that you feel compelled to play and story that you feel needs to be told, don't think twice.

We love rom-coms, but it's getting to where we don't identify with any of the women in them.

Back at high school, there was this quarterback who asks me out. He's never paid attention to me before, but now we're on this date, going to see the 'Sixth Sense.' And right before the climax, he leans in - and I'm so excited, because I think we're going to French-kiss - and then he tells me the twist. He completely ruins the movie for me.