Jenny Slate is someone we admire for her confidence and honesty. We respect her ability to open up about her difficult times — remember how real she got after her break-up with Chris Evans? — because she’s incredibly smart, self-aware, and transparent. (Can we be BFFs?). Recently, the Landline actress decided to open up about something we haven’t heard her talk very much about: being fired from Saturday Night Live.
“Performing was always an innocent, energetic joy for me but once I was fired, I got a specific type of stage fright — a narrative inside of me: ‘These people don’t like you and they don’t want you to be here. And whatever that magic is that clicks in when you’re on stage, it’s not going to happen tonight.’ My entire self-worth was challenged. I didn’t want to quit standup just because I got fired from one job, so I fought against it. I went to a hypnotherapist – it sounds crazy, but it worked.”
“It was embarrassing, devastating, humiliating, a bummer of a mistake. But since I made that tiny mistake, so much has happened. It feels like, if I were a guy, I’d have to talk about it a little bit, but, because I’m a woman, I have to talk about it for ever. I want to honor all the good things I’ve done on purpose, instead of the stupid thing I did by mistake 10 years ago.”