Niecy Nash: "It Was My Naivete That Got Me Where I Am"

The 'Getting On' star says she didn't know "you had to have an agent and a manager to get an audition," so she got the audition (and the job) on her own.

"I don’t think there is anything I would want to know different because I think it was my naivete that got me where I am," Niecy Nash told The Hollywood Reporter during the Comedy Actress Roundtable. "I did not know that you had to have an agent and a manager to get an audition. I just called somebody I met at a workshop and was like, 'I don’t know if you remember me,' but my voice does sound like I need to drink lotion, so he recognized it right away. 'This is Niecy Nash. I’m broke, I got a baby, and I need a job.'"

She continued, "He said, 'Be down here at three o’clock.' And I went to my first producer session for a feature film with no agent, no manager, because I didn’t know you couldn’t do that."

Nash said she enjoys interacting with her fans: "I like that I have fallen to the category of being an approachable celebrity or personality, because I’ve hosted a lot of shows so I bring a lot of the truth of who I am to those things, so people feel like they know you."

The Getting On actress also told THR about how much nicer it is to be treated like a human than a being. "I was at a restaurant with another celebrity, not so approachable, and literally people were like, 'Oh my God, she ate a fry. She ate a fry!' People were in a panic, they were clutching their pearls. They were looking from afar. Meanwhile, my table was Grand Central Station."

More roundtables featuring comedy and drama actors, drama actresses, comedy and drama showrunners, and reality hosts and producers will roll out throughout June in print and online. Tune in to new episodes of Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter starting June 26 on Sundance TV, with the premiere of the Comedy Actress Roundtable on Sunday, July 10. And look for clips at THR.com/roundtables with full episodes on THR.com after broadcast.

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