Jenny Slate’s track record in entertainment is proof that she is versatile and brilliant. She seems to approach interviews as conversations with friends rather than carefully analyzed responses that would be functional rather than genuine. In her interview with Marie Claire, she takes a step further in that direction and discusses her last interview with New York magazine, which led to a lot of publicity she wasn’t expecting.
With Slate’s growing list of noteworthy roles in movies like Landline and Obvious Child, she has been moving more and more into the public eye. She was involved in a high-profile relationship with Captain America star Chris Evans, which brought her even further into the public gaze. Slate is naturally a very honest and real person, and in interviews, she doesn’t seem to mind how her private and professional life intertwine. She didn’t hide anything in the New York magazine interview, and the original article reflected her character in an honest way. Unfortunately, some outlets stripped the piece of its Slate quirkiness and reproduced it in ways that Slate didn’t approve of or expect.
As far as interviews go, Slate explains, "It seems so naïve: You're just talking to a nice person, and you have a really honest, beautiful conversation, and she writes about it in an honest, beautiful way, but then, it goes through all these other outlets and gets distilled. And then it can be made to seem like you were being cheap.…I didn't mean to do that. Especially not with an experience that was so precious to me."
Slate took this experience, and rather than censoring herself in interviews and separating her personal and private life she decided to take another approach. “I enjoy putting myself out there much more than I fear the consequences. I do have to learn to make sure that I'm taking that risk alone, and not dragging anyone else into it." She will still share her life with us, maybe even overshare it, and continue to be the honest person she is and wants to be.
Top photo by Emily Shur for BUST's Aug/Sept 2015 issue
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