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15 Things you didn't know about Jenny Slate

A native of the storied coastal city of Charleston, South Carolina, Julie Sprankles has been a lover of words her entire life. As a Southerner, she certainly has what her mama calls “the gift of gab.” When she’s not writing, Julie can be...

She's so not a fan of outer space

We've got Jenny Slate to thank for the genius that is Marcel the Shell With Shoes On, Catherine and the slew of hilarious characters she's created with her trademark snark. Now starring in Obvious Child, the SNL alum sat down with us for a rapid-fire question sesh.

1. What is the best part about working in the entertainment industry?

"Meeting nice people who put makeup on your face."

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2. What is the creepiest part about working in the entertainment industry?

"All of the people who, like, pull up your underpants and make sure your boobs are taped in the right spots."

3. What makes you cry?

"When old people are in love."

4. Do you think the Illuminati exists?

"Um, yeah… I kinda do."

5. If you could live in another period, which would it be and why?

"Ooh, um, I would live in the 1930s, because I really like how the women dressed, and I like the music, and I like the party culture. But in the United States, not in Europe, because that was bad for Jews."

6. What is one thing that annoys you without fail?

"When people mean to compliment you and they say, 'You know, you're actually really funny in this.' That's a bummer, not a compliment."

7. What is one trend you'd love to see disappear?

"I guess those embroidered shirts that men wear… like dragon shirts, you know what I mean? That kind of stuff — I don't love it."

8. What is one trend you would love to make a comeback?

"Women wearing ties."

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9. What's your opinion on Photoshop?

"If you want it, go for it. I don't know. I don't know how to do it."

10. Who is your doppelgänger? Who have you been told is your doppelgänger?

"Tyra Banks."

11. Would you ever go to outer space?

"Ew, no! No, no, no, no, no. I like Earth."

12. Tormented children are nothing to laugh about. How is Liz's niece Denise holding up? Will we see more in Season 3 of Kroll Show?

"Denise is doing well. Yeah, you know, for someone who probably gets bullied a lot at school. She's basically a reincarnation of me at that age except I didn't have the long, long braid, but I mean we're getting close. Sometimes it kind of breaks my heart a little bit to play the character 'cause I really get it. But she's doing well. You know, she's that kid that recycles what her parents [tell her]… my parents were always like, 'Look, school might be hard, but, like, when you're 30, all those girls that are mean are going to be boring, and you're going to be cool.' And I think Denise is kind of like, 'Well, at this point, people might be making fun of me a lot, but when it all comes down to it, I'm an individual.' She's not having a fun time, but she's trying."

13. How much fun is it to play the most passive-aggressive actress ever on Hello Ladies? Do you base your performance on people you know personally?

"Um, I'm lucky enough to not know that woman, you know? But I think what's tough about that character for me is that Christine Woods — who I play opposite, she plays Jessica — is so nice, and I think I'm nice. And when I went in there the first day and we started doing it, I was like, 'I feel really bad doing this.' I mean, the energy does feel real to me, and I don't like it. I really don't. You're still staring at that person and doing it to them, even if it's acting. And in a way, it feels more violent than fake fighting. 'Cause at least when you do, let's say, fake fighting in something, it's so controlled. It's choreographed, and you know everyone is making sure that it's safe. But when you're just being a b**** to someone, you're just looking in their face and making that face, and there is a part of me that's like, 'I don't like this. I don't like it.' I enjoy the challenge but…."

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14. Obviously, getting to work with your project must be the best. Do you see yourself doing more projects together like Catherine?

"I don't know if we'll do another round of Catherine, which is our sort of avant-garde, experimental web series that I'm very proud of. But we have another Marcel the Shell book coming out in November, we're making another short, we have plans to make a feature film with music of Marcel, and we have lots of stuff that we're working on. We have a creative household, and both of my parents are artists — I grew up in a creative household. I think it's nice. Sometimes it's good enough just to, like, walk the dogs, though. I'll do whatever with him; I really like him. He's really cool."

15. Will we get to find out what happened to Marcel's sister?

"We'll probably not ever meet his sister. I think she's gone. She's traveling — that's what he says to himself. But he has a lot of neighbors, and in the book we get to meet his grandmother, and you get to see he lives in an apartment where there's a baby. Yeah, lots of stuff. He has a best friend named Jerry who's always congested and blows himself off the couch they're standing on when he sneezes."

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