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Our Generation Can Relax: Jenny Slate Says We're Not a Hot Mess

You probably know Jenny Slate as the funny lady from SNL, Marcel the Shell, or Parks and Rec, but her latest role is something completely different.

In “Obvious Child,” Slate plays an aspiring comedian who gets dumped, loses her job, and gets pregnant in a domino effect of bad news.

The film is being applauded as a refreshingly authentic portrayal of love, friendship and life’s uncertainties, but Fusion’s Alicia Menendez noticed a familiar theme.

Menendez asked the star of “Obvious Child” if her character is yet another representation (see: “Girls,” “Broad City,” “Bridesmaids”) of how young Americans can’t seem to get their acts together.

“I think it’s a disservice… to have these two different poles, to have to be black and white,” Slate told Menendez. “What is exciting about her is that she’s really free and wants to express herself, and that comes from strength and from clarity.”

Our Generation Can Relax: Jenny Slate Says We're Not a Hot Mess

You probably know Jenny Slate as the funny lady from SNL, Marcel the Shell, or Parks and Rec, but her latest role is something completely different.

In “Obvious Child,” Slate plays an aspiring comedian who gets dumped, loses her job, and gets pregnant in a domino effect of bad news.

The film is being applauded as a refreshingly authentic portrayal of love, friendship and life’s uncertainties, but Fusion’s Alicia Menendez noticed a familiar theme.

Menendez asked the star of “Obvious Child” if her character is yet another representation (see: “Girls,” “Broad City,” “Bridesmaids”) of how young Americans can’t seem to get their acts together.

“I think it’s a disservice… to have these two different poles, to have to be black and white,” Slate told Menendez. “What is exciting about her is that she’s really free and wants to express herself, and that comes from strength and from clarity.”

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