Jennifer Coolidge Regrets Not "Riding The Wave" Of Early Career Success

Jennifer Coolidge says she regrets "not having a plan" in the early part of her career.

The actress who has won an Emmy and Golden Globe Award across an illustrious career, admitted that "not having a plan" is one thing that she regrets. 

“Now that I’m old enough to really look back at my life and certainly my mistakes, I see a lot of those”, Coolidge told fellow actor Jeremy Allen White for Variety’s Actors On Actors series.

“But I never had any strategy. I just went job to job. I have to say I made the terrible mistake of not riding the wave that I had early on”, Coolidge continued.

“It was sort of in the ’90s when I had Legally Blonde, Best In Show and American Pie. And then a few years later, there was Cinderella Story and stuff like that. But there was a moment”.

"a fatal flaw of mine"

When asked by White about what diverted her, Jennifer Coolidge pinpointed one particular reason.

“I started pursuing guys. I wasn’t paying attention”, Coolidge explained. 

“I just thought I had my whole life. I never said, ‘I want to do’. I did get some jobs, but I didn’t have a plan. And I think that was a fatal flaw of mine, because it took so long to get anything going later”, she added. “I look back and I go, ‘What was I thinking?’ And then I bought a house in New Orleans, and I was consumed with fixing that up”. 

Jennifer Coolidge starred in Legally Blonde and American Pie in the late 1990s and early 2000s. She also recently landed a Golden Globe and Emmy Award for her role in HBO Series, The White Lotus. 


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