I've done a bunch of Broadway, so I'm a theater nerd when I come to New York.

Ari Graynor

Ari Graynor

Profession: Actress
Nationality: American

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Our everyday lives exist with comedy and tragedy next to each other.

I started acting when I was seven, so I've read my share.

I'm not nearly as brave and confident in some of the ways that I think stand-ups are.

At 21, my career took a comedic turn when I was cast in a new Broadway play called 'Brooklyn Boy,' by Donald Margulies, which was equal parts funny and sad. I realized that the more seriously I expressed my character's feelings, the funnier the scene became.

There are a lot of female characters out there that, when they fall on hard times, they sort of stew in their fears and negativities and vulnerabilities. And there's something that's really truthful about that - when I've gone through hard times or breakups, I've spent a lot of time on my couch overeating and crying with friends, that's true.

For years, I said I didn't want to do television. It was just a hard 'no.' I didn't want to read anything. It didn't matter what it was - it was just 'no.'

By 12, my body had changed, although instead of blossoming into Cindy Mancini from 'Can't Buy Me Love,' I more closely resembled Chunk from 'The Goonies.' My inside world may have been filled with a poetic and vital feminine life force, but the outside world saw and told me otherwise.

I've always just admired women who were able to navigate through dramatic and comedic waters and sort of do it all.

I don't know what I would have done without acting. I officially fell into it around age 6 in a class play that reimagined 'The Ugly Duckling.' My joy in performing was so boundless, you would have thought I'd just won a Tony.

It took me a solid four or five years to feel really comfortable in front of the camera.

It shouldn't be an issue that we have a black president. Gay marriage shouldn't be an issue. And women being funny shouldn't be an issue.

I'm an only child, and in college, I was given a single, and then I lived with people for, like, two years but were my best friends, and we had a really fun time. And then I lived alone or with a boyfriend. I've never really had a bad roommate situation.

I have the personality where, although my ego can be healthy, sometimes I also feel like people won't remember me, or they won't know who I am.

The real heart of comedy is uncovering a truth about yourself or about the world that you didn't see.