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Friday, April 4, 2014

I Don't Know What You Know Me From: Confessions of a Co-star

I am one of those people who happens to recognize character actors, and I have been a long-time fan of Judy Greer. I swiped her memoir, I Don't Know What You Know Me From: Confessions of a Co-star as fast as I was able to click "request."

You run into her on the street in Los Angeles. You know her! You have seen her in a movie! What movie did you see her in? She is that actress, the one you have seen one million times in all sorts of movies but you can't quite place her--she is the best friend, the sidekick, the co-star. She also happens to be a genius performer. This book of essays covers everything from her ridiculously normal childhood, to her being "discovered" in college, to her days of living in the sketchiest parts of LA, to her eventual trip to the Oscars. The whole ride you will laugh along with her, as she takes her life as seriously you should, but don't.

There were many times I found myself snorting (snort-laughing, if you will) on the subway train or the back of the bus on the way to campus. {If you heard it, sorry about that...no, wait--I'm not. It was worth it.} As I said in the intro to this post, I love catching Judy in everything that she does. She is incredibly morphable (yes, that is a made-up word) and she is just delightful to watch. She can in turn be vulnerable, sassy, and honest. This book is exactly as I imagine she is in real life. That is, if I didn't already feel as though we are besties.

My most favorite part of this book is when she discussed meeting her husband and falling in love with him, and then getting to know his children, her now step children. I love how honest she is in these chapters while still being true to her everyday attitude of humor. If in no other part of this book, she comes across as so truly un-celebrity, especially in light of a certain celebrity's recent comments on how easy it is to be anything other than a movie star. Judy makes it clear how much she loves what she does and how much she doesn't take it for granted, and it makes her all the more down-to-earth and lovely.

The chapter where she attends the Oscars is hilarious. Like, snorting funny. I don't want to tell you too much because there is a little spin at the end that will make it all the funnier, but it is worth the read. I agree, Judy--Spanx are a miserable yet necessary evil. Besties forever?

Kindle version on left, hard copy on right.


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