Wendi McLendon-Covey kills it in all kinds of roles: as a bridesmaid (Bridesmaids), a cop (Reno 911!), and as Liz on Rules of Engagement, to name just a few. Her appearances in shows like The Office, 10 Things I Hate About You, and Cougar Town have put her on the map as a seasoned television star and funny lady extraordinaire. She’s a busy gal–starring in the upcoming films What to Expect When You’re Expecting and Magic Mike, AND of course, in Figment’s big show at the L.A. Times Festival of Books, where she brought down the house.
We caught up with Wendi to ask her a few questions about her reading life, and her answers are, of course, hi-larious.
If you could play any character from a book, who would you choose?
I’ve always wanted to play Myrna Minkoff from A Confederacy of Dunces because she’s such a self-righteous slob. Truthfully, I’d love to play Ignatious Reilly from the same book, but I doubt that anyone would want to see me do that. I appreciate characters who lack self-awareness.
What’s the one book that would be a deal-breaker if you saw it on a date’s bookshelf?
Well I’m married, so I’d have to say that I don’t think I could be friends with anyone who had books containing the words “abs,” “juicing,” or “urine therapy” in the titles, because I don’t think our priorities would match.