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Amy Sedaris

  • American actress
  • Born March 29, 1961

Amy Louise Sedaris (; born March 29, 1961) is an American actress, comedian and writer known for voicing the character Princess Carolyn in the Netflix animated series BoJack Horseman. She regularly collaborates with her older brother David, a humorist and author. Previously, Sedaris played Jerri Blank in the Comedy Central television series Strangers with Candy.


My father and I have a very good relationship. We always got along. But I always scold him.




I love theatrical props: a cup filled with solid fake tea, say, or a collection of fake food, including a rubber turkey, which, during the holidays, I wrap in tinfoil so it appears to have just come out of the oven.




We're all used to seeing pretty people. I want to see real people.




I like to decide the night before Thanksgiving that I'm gonna do it, and I'll see what riff raff is around. Then I get that last-minute surge of energy. But if I had two weeks to plan, sometimes I wish I wasn't doing it. But very seldom does that happen.




Sometimes, to keep things exciting, I decorate my house as if I owned a child. I'll toss a tiny pair of shoes in the hallway or lean small wooden crutches in what I refer to as 'the baby's room,' which is actually a tiny space where I make things. I continue to call it the baby's room because it confuses people and it's creepy.




People who shop in health food stores never look healthy.




I want witchcraft so bad that I can't stand it. I have wands in my apartment. And I use them sometimes. I walk into the kitchen with my wand, and I come out with something on a platter and I say, 'See, magic happens.' Works every time.




I failed first grade, which is my biggest problem. You always feel like a failure, like you're stupid.




I wouldn't call myself a shut-in. I have the ability to leave my home; I just choose not to. But because I'm such a homebody, it's important to be surrounded by things I love.




Don't make anybody a homemade gift. Unless you're really good, or it's going to be really practical. If it's a little thing you think is cute 'cause you made it, just forget it.




My favorite things often have a story behind them and are usually handmade or discovered at a flea market.




My mom used to say that Greek Easter was later because then you get stuff cheaper.




I always liked my teachers, and I was in a lot of after-school projects. I was a Girl Scout until my senior year, when I couldn't be a Girl Scout anymore. I was in clubs like Junior Achievement, and I ran track and field. My grades were good, but then toward 11th grade they were nothing. I always went to summer school.




David and Dad didn't get along too well growing up. I mean we all got along, but it was harder on David, because David wasn't going to be the son that Dad wanted. But now they're like best friends.




I have always wanted a bunny and I'll always have a rabbit the rest of my life.




Books are challenging and inspirational to me.




They just expected it to you know... Paul, Steve and I could have hired our own publicist, if we wanted to, but I kind of liked the way it was more of a cult thing and those that liked it, liked it, you know what I mean?




If I know I have to memorize lines, I'm really gonna try to memorize lines. It's hard for me sometimes, because somebody wrote these words and you're trying really hard to get them the way they said it.




If I put my mind to something, it happens. I do know that's not necessarily psychic. But I always feel like there's something around me protecting me.




I'm very domestic; I love cleaning. I love cooking. I like waiting on people. I just like to make things. I don't break that down to be weakness, or the only things women can do, or putting me back 20 years.




I wasn't a cliquey person, and I think that's because I came from a large family. I got along with everybody, and I usually got along with the people that people didn't like.




I swear I want to be a food model.




I choose to do unattractive people, because then I can pretend they think they're attractive.




I hate playing pretty or sane people. Most people are not attractive or all there.




Whenever I do your show, sometimes I get a little check in the mail and then I take that check and buy a new pair of shoes, and then I wear those shoes the next time I do your show.




I'm not a good storyteller. I always think I'm going to get interrupted, or something's going to get edited. I think that comes from being in a large family, so you have to get your story in really quick or someone cuts you off.




I am an aging Girl Scout.




My kitchen's pink, like skin-tone pink, and I lowered my spice rack so it's eye level - it's true! - and my phone, so I can reach it when I fall, it's right there.




I like crafts that are made out of necessity because they're a little naive - you made it because you needed it.




More men than women like 'Strangers With Candy'. Pretty girls don't like the show. They don't like to see an ugly lady.




I feel confident writing on my feet with improv, but it's different when you're sitting down and writing it out.




I really don't like going out. I don't like restaurants because I don't like the idea of someone, a waitress, being responsible for my evening. I like seconds, and more, and lots of conversation, and I've always hated the idea that in a restaurant an evening just ends. I find that incredibly depressing.




I never really take shortcuts. I was always one of those people who, instead of cutting across someone's yard on the way home from school, I would go to the end of the block and turn.




But I always like to play ugly people who think they're pretty.




I have a couple freeloader friends, but it's okay. I know they're gonna come in with their arms flying in the air empty-handed.




When people tell me they are going to go scrapbooking, I say, 'Why don't you make it yourself.' It's like chocolate-chip cookies. People buy the cookie-dough roll and slice it, and then they lay it on a cookie sheet. That's not making chocolate-chip cookies.



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