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Q&A: 'Drop Dead Diva' Brooke Elliott

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In the Lifetime comedy "Drop Dead Diva," stage veteran Brooke Elliott is killing it as a deceased skinny wannabe model who embodies the earthly figure of an ambitious plus-sized attorney.

The Hollywood Reporter: When did you first realize you were funny?

Brooke Elliott: Well, I guess a second ago when you asked me this question. Thank you so much. Now I'm gonna go tell everyone.

THR: Were your parents funny?

Elliott: "Were" my parents funny? They used to be. They think they still are.
 

THR: Where did you grow up?

Elliott: There's no simple answer.We moved a lot when I was a kid. I went to three different high schools in three different states. I was born in Minnesota, though.

THR: Growing up, who were your comedy icons?

Elliott: Bill Murray. And Carol Kane. I always looked up to her.

THR: What has been your toughest moment on the "Diva" set?

Elliott: When we had to shoot my bare feet. When they said, "Brooke, we're shooting your foot scene tomorrow," it was as if they said, "Brooke, we're shooting your bare ass tomorrow--in HD."

THR: What do you do when you're not working?

Elliott: Crochet. I crocheted a blanket larger than a king-size bed. I just kept going.

THR: In your opinion, what is most lacking in comedies today?

Elliott: Cream-filled pies. I mean, whatever happened to a good pie-in-the-face joke?