The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 27, 1996 · Page 66
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 66

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, October 27, 1996
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B JANEANE GAROFALO Dare to deviate G*rofalo»«n flinnhiit wrtt T***Pf^W^lF w x m m ]" tothenewMovie which dtts theaters thitweek. ACK FROM AN HOUR of running, actress Janeane Garofalo drips with sweat but says no, she doesn't need to freshen up. Sure, movie studio honchos might prefer that she get presentable before an interview. Garofalo, 32, bristles at their preferences. "I have an authority problem," she says, falling into a chair in her hotel room. Like many others in the generation that embraces her, Garofalo has a history of disregarding authority figures. She ignored her mother's advice to join the management training program at Bloomingdale's, and became a stand-up comic. Now she's in Hollywood, where she can't resist speaking up, dressing down (she made People magazine's 1996 worst-dressed list) and complaining it's a town full of bosses. "It drives me nuts. I'm in the wrong line of work." Garofalo, who co-stars with Bill Murray in the new movie Larger Than Life, made her name in scene-stealing supporting roles (Reality Bites, TV's Larry Sanders Show), Her first star turn, in The Truth About Cats & Dogs last spring, was a surprise hit — especially to her. As Cats & Dogs was being filmed, she says, studio executives "weren't shy about letting me know they weren't happy." She says that they viewed her as dour and unlikable and that co-star Uma Thurman talked them out of firing her. (Executives at 20th Century Fox declined to comment.) Every scene was shot again and again. Garofalo says she wasn't allowed to improvise. "1 was enraged." At night, she took to pacing, shadow-boxing, smoking and grinding her teeth. Now she has come to realize that if you chafe at authority you usually have to get with the program anyway. "Suck it up. That's all you can do." And if you're fired? "Move on. I had to say, 'If they fire me today, that's OK.'" She kept in mind Eleanor Roose- velt's words: "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." She'd look around the movie set. "I thought, 'It's not their fault I feel insecure. It's my own.'" In the end, she did it mostly their way. Although audiences liked the movie, Garofalo won't reveal what she thought of it, except to say, "If studio heads don't like what you're doing, you're probably on the right track." Next flick: Romy's and Michelle's High School Reunion, co-starring Lisa Kudrow and Mira Sorvino. Seinfeld saga: Played a Jerry-like dream date- turned-fiancee on Seinfeld. Bad experience: Her stint on Saturday Night Uve (1994). "I'm ashamed I didn't speak up for myself more." Personal: Single; no matter what happens, she plans to adopt a child by age 37. MORE ADVICE FROM GAROFALO • You don't have to be a stan "The star has a harder time sustaining your interest in a movie. When you're a character actor, people think you're a scene-stealer because you're in the movie less. You come and go. A little goes a long way." • Pedal slower In her 20s, Garofalo was a bike messenger. "It's all about how fast you can get from point A to point B. I was terrible, slow, cautious. I didn't make much money, but I lived." • The truth about elephants and dogs: "Elephants are way better than dogs [as co-stars]. They just stand there.... Dogs have a mind of their own." • Hey, Ricki: When Ricki Lake starred in Mrs. Winterboume, she called it "a role Marisa Tomei or Winona Ryder could play. This wasn't one for Janeane Garofalo." Says Garofalo: "Ricki and I are far more similar than Ricki is to Marisa or Winona. I think she's deluding herself." • See the glass as half full: When she was mugged at gunpoint in January 1994, Garofalo coped by telling herself, "I am so lucky and blessed in life. At least I'm not dead." Most painful: The muggers got her diary, which contained years of comedy material. "If there are two guys bombing at the Funny Bone, that's them." m Garofalo will write or call one reader who seeks advice on a particular topic. Write by Nov. 3 to "Straight Talk,* P.O. Box 3455, Chicago, III. 60654 (or send a fax to: 312-661-0375; e-mail: Zaslow 1$ an advice columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times Features Syndicate. EDITOR, PRESIDENT ft CEO: Mania Bullam • PUBUSHER: Chart** GabfWwn • VICE PRESIDENTS: Dave Barber, Bill Coaktey, Carol Kemer-Odglt, Beth Umrence, tobey lyd«n, Thomet M«lwl MUliiiam Ewcuttve Editor: Amy Bsman Senior AMOdato Edttan: Dan Olmsied. Brenda Turner Awedate Editor* Carol Cturman, Constance Kurz, Lome Lynch, Kathleen Mcdeary, Jim Sexton Copy ChM: Tom Lent Copy Editor; Terry Davidson Byrne Mate A Offerers* Day Editor: Pamela Brown AuitUnt Editor: Gayte Jo Carter Rtportw/Rtwtranm Myron B. Pitts, Richard Vega Researcher M. Franco Satas f M "-'Mf"'VfW"llll'lfH Jean Carper, Roger Cossack, George Foreman, Monika Gunman, Florence Griffith Joyner, Stephanie Mansfield, Tom McNichol, Jill Nelson, Tabitha Soren, Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, Greta Van Susteren, Jeffrey Zaslow (DID Art Director: Pamela Smith Assistant Art Directors: day Auch, Abigail McCormeD Photo Editor: Sara Elder Technology Manager: Treva Stose Offlc* Stan: Kate Bond, Monica Dyer Rowe 1001104 Director. OierckCasselman Editorial: Amelia Stephenson, Vin Narayanan Advertising: Casey Shaw e., New York, N.Y 10002 SUSA WEEKEND iinmiUMlBiaJMHH 1000 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Va. 22229-0012 BUEEB l-800-487-29$e TNM *•*** 10 USA WEEKEND • Oct. 25-27, IW6

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