Onstage was where I felt the most confident and in control and free, and as I've gotten older, it's gotten more and more daunting. And I think that's also part of my desire to keep confronting that and pushing through to find that childlike or youthful ignorance against fear and keep at it.

Ari Graynor

Ari Graynor

Profession: Actress
Nationality: American

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I was more of the kind of babysitter that liked holding the baby, sort of playing Mom, and then putting the baby to bed and watching TV while eating everything in their kitchen.

Women care about their friends.

I would love to be doing more voice-over work. It's such a fun and free playground to take risks, play around, and get sort of ridiculous.

You can't please everybody. All you can do is please yourself.

Working with David Gordon Green, and Jonah Hill, and Michael Cera, and Drew Barrymore, and all of those people - those are the best people in comedy to work with. Anna Faris. You know, that's my goal, to keep learning and to just keep working with the best people I can. And yeah, we do all hang out, and we all kind of know each other.

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

If I'm gonna stay in this world of comedy, then it has to be a really special character to me in a really smart piece of material.

I think the world of comedy is a relatively small community, and especially for women in comedy, there just aren't that many people involved.

As an actor, there's no faking it.

I played a lot of dress-up in my room. I really liked being alone. I had a lot of friends, but I had an only-child, live-in-my-head personality.

When I was kid, I couldn't wait to take the world by storm, to be a woman - beautiful, powerful, confident, sexy, thoughtful, and deep. All the things I knew I was inside... even though I was only 4.

No one's up in arms about these PG-13 movies where it's literally about the end of the world.

I think 'Nick and Norah' was a huge deal for me. It was my first foray into the studio world, and that character was such a gift.

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.