Jenny Slate’s latest movie project began when she blew a kiss to a stranger
- What happened to you? I thought you were at Robert's lake house?
- Well, when you break up with someone, it's not really very fun to go swimming with them anymore.
- They broke up!
- He dumped you?
- Why is that the assumption here?
REBECCA DINERSTEIN KNIGHT: I was walking through a park in Brooklyn in 2014. And "Obvious Child" had just come out, and I'd gone to see it for my birthday, and I loved it so much. And there, walking through the park right toward me was Jenny Slate. And she was on the phone. So as I passed her, I gave her this incredibly dorky and sort of incomprehensible silent round of applause, and she blew me a kiss.
- I would just like to get out of here.
REBECCA DINERSTEIN KNIGHT: I went on Twitter and I said, "What a day. @JennySlate blew me a kiss," sort of thinking that that was a tweet. And within a couple of minutes, Jenny responded, "Sorry we didn't get a chance to chat. I was on the phone." And I just-- I was flabbergasted because I'm a random stranger in the park, her 10,000th fan, no reason to respond to me, no reason to even see the tweet. Instantaneous response.
So my editor saw that and said, "What are you doing tweeting with Jenny Slate? Should we send her the book?" And I said, "I don't know what I'm doing. I don't know what she's doing. Let's send her the book."
- He just fired his last assistant. Now he needs someone to paint a barn using only the color yellow.
- OK, that's fine.
- Norway? Actual Norway?
JENNY SLATE: Yeah, I guess I blow a lot of kisses. You know, it's not-- hey, there's a truly unlimited supply. Why not give them out? Yeah, I think it's-- one thing I have loved in my adulthood is the ability to, like, say hi to strangers. Babies like to do that too, you know, when they first learn to say hi. And I just, like, really like interaction.
The story was just not like a story I had ever read before. Usually if a woman goes somewhere, she's, like, going somewhere to just specifically become attractive to a man. There's like a lot of that going on. Not every story but it's pervasive. And Rebecca's writing was just incredibly interior, and she was telling a story in kind of an ensemble way that just was not like a literary model that I was reading. And I just found it to be at once like such a romp and so deeply intelligent.
- What is this here? [SNIFFS] [COUGHS]
- That's urine.
- Gosh, it really is.