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Andrea Martin

  • Canadian actor
  • Born January 15, 1947

Andrea Louise Martin (born January 15, 1947) is an American actress, singer, author and comedian, best known for her work in the television series SCTV and Great News. She has appeared in films such as Black Christmas (1974), Wag the Dog (1997), Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001), My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002), My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (2016), and Little Italy (2018). She has also lent her voice to the animated films Anastasia (1997), The Rugrats Movie (1998) and Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (2001).


I like to know where I'm going to be at seven o'clock.




I started out in summer stock, and that's really what I prefer.




I really believed that if I could play that character, who is grounded in the earth and the history of the United States - not the kind of role I usually play - it would help me change the perception out there and my own perception of what I can accomplish as a performer.




The truth of the matter is I stayed in L.A. raising my children, and when they went to college, I packed my bags along with them and came to New York and looked for parts in the theatre, because that's always what I preferred doing.




For pragmatic reasons, I love the routine. I love the structure of it. I love knowing that my days are free. I know where I'm going at night. I know my life is kind of orderly. I just like that better.




Here's the thing: I did one episode of Deep Space Nine, and I loved everybody that I worked with. People couldn't have been kinder... But I had a really, really difficult time with the prosthetics.




Of course it's difficult to turn anything down when Mike Nichols calls you personally.




And, I'd never done Tennessee Williams, and I had done Broadway musicals, so it was a challenge.




Oh yeah, I'm about to host the Genies, which are the Canadian Academy Awards.




I think probably, the makeup artists don't really know how long it's going to take until they really work with your face and they kind of mold it and build it as they're going along.




I don't like to cry in public, unless I'm getting paid for it.




I could have stayed in L.A. and done sitcoms for awhile and will probably go back and do one I hope.




Now my way of doing it is I always get disappointed, but there's always a level of high quality.




I'm sick of the treadmill.




I was stuck in the benefits of being a known comedian.




When I started out in Canada, I did a lot of voice-overs and commercials.




Here's probably a short answer - I never feel in this piece that I'm stepping out and being Andrea Martin. I always feel like I'm Golde, so whatever Golde would do within those realms, that's what I would do.




I don't like sitting around sets - I don't like the unpredictability of it.




It's really important to me to keep growing and keep finding new things.




I love the comradery of doing theatre that you don't get in film.




But I am Armenian and I understand what it is to lose a country and lose a family and have massacres and genocides and everything against my people.



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