I was the girl who got out of my athletic requirement by managing the boys' sports teams. Which is pretty ingenious, because when I was a sophomore, I got a prom date out of it. That was really strong planning on my part.

Ari Graynor

Ari Graynor

Profession: Actress
Nationality: American

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My mom was in the chorus of 'Hello Dolly' and 'The Worldly Players'; my dad would build the set.

I didn't want to study theater or go to school in the city. I wanted the all-American 'Here's your quad' college experience.

Not one person has ever sent me a drink because I was Caroline in 'Nick and Norah.' People reference it; people say really nice things about it, but I was sure I would be getting more free drinks.

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

More and more, people probably associate me in this world of comedy and these confident, brassy, big ladies, which I love, but my insides and who I feel like internally and the kind of work that I hope to continue doing feels very different from that.

I've always sort of felt like I was from another time. The '70s is more my vibe. The clothes fit me better.

I've had curly hair for years, and I never wore it curly. I didn't know what to do with it.

I was the kind of kid that always loved babies. I was, you know, four years old, and I would have my baby doll that I would bring with me everywhere and fake breastfeed on the beach and diaper.

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've been calling myself 'just an actor' since I was 6 years old. That's a long time.

It is frustrating that people have a hard time telling other female stories besides, 'Is she going to get the guy?'

Usually, when I'm at a festival with a movie that I'm in, I'm in and out in 24 hours.

As an actor, your life is constant ups and downs. My friends and I joke that when a job ends and nothing is lined up, you have nothing to do for the rest of your life. You just ride that wave.

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