Chelsea Han­dler on go­ing global—and hold­ing in the pee

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She’s the bit­ingly sar­cas­tic late-night talk show host who won her way into Amer­i­can liv­ing rooms with her dis­tinct “I-don’t-give-a-fuck” at­ti­tude. Now Chelsea Han­dler is tak­ing on the world as the first ever global talk show host, with her epony­mously ti­tled show slated for a 90-episode sec­ond sea­son on Net­flix in 2017. She tells Les­lie Yeh about her love life (or lack thereof), book­worm ten­den­cies, and why los­ing blad­der con­trol on set is just an­other day in the life.

Grow­ing up was a bit of a mess. My par­ents were very dis­or­ga­nized with three boys and three girls and I learned quickly that I was go­ing to have to make my own life out­side of my fam­ily.

At the age of 3, I was ba­si­cally like a 35-year-old. Con­versely, I was re­ally spoiled by my broth­ers and my sis­ters so maybe I just wanted that at­ten­tion to keep go­ing for the rest of my life. Ei­ther way I knew I wanted my voice to be heard.

To me, there was no other op­tion than to come out to Los An­ge­les and be­come fa­mous.

I got in one show, and then I got a book deal, and then I got a TV show, and then I was on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” do­ing standup.

The com­bi­na­tion of my sec­ond book and my show on E!, “Chelsea Lately,” mush­roomed into a big ol’ ca­reer.

I didn’t get re­ally fa­mous un­til my early 30s, and by that time I had al­ready pre­tended I was fa­mous since I was lit­tle, so it didn’t even make that much of a dif­fer­ence.

I don’t get ner­vous in front of the cam­era un­less I’m run­ning around on a beach, like, “Oh no, I don’t want any pic­tures of my ass out there.”

I think you have to lis­ten to your voice, your in­tu­ition and your in­stinct. That’s what makes some­one ex­cel at do­ing com­edy—it’s be­ing spe­cific to who you are.

Ev­ery­thing has al­ways kind of been ex­pe­ri­en­tial for me. I like to go out and try some­thing: Ei­ther I get bet­ter at it or I give up.

If I get re­ally good at it I give up any­way be­cause I’m like “All right I did that, let’s move on to the next thing.”

I def­i­nitely have ADD. Right now I’m liv­ing one of my big­gest achieve­ments, hav­ing the first ever global talk show. 190 coun­tries, that’s pretty huge.

It’s nice to be able to change the con­ver­sa­tion from be­ing the only woman in late night to be­ing the first per­son ever to have a global talk show.

I was ready for [“Chelsea Lately”] to end. I wanted it to end so I fi­nally just made it hap­pen.

It was great be­cause I got a lot of time to re­ally en­joy my­self and travel.

I went to Aus­tria, I went to Shang­hai, I went to French Poly­ne­sia and got cer­ti­fied in scuba div­ing. I went and bought a house in Spain and I learned Span­ish. I ba­si­cally acted like a 75-year-old woman on sab­bat­i­cal.

I didn’t know if I was go­ing to do an­other show, and then I started to think, “If I could do an­other kind of show, what could I do?”

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It’s laugh­ing em­bar­rassin­gat us. I ho­pe­and I we think elect the Hil­lary. whole The world’s other op­tion’s not re­ally an op­tion.

We’ve been all over [for the show]. We did a lot of fun stuff in Tokyo where I trained with geishas for two days.

I’ve def­i­nitely laughed so hard while film­ing that I’ve peed in my pants… I’ll be on cam­era and then I yell “I’m pee­ing! I’m pee­ing!” and then we stop.

I’ve car­ried this prob­lem since I was a child. It used to hap­pen once a year eas­ily.

I don’t think I’m the fun­ni­est per­son in showbiz. Kris­ten Wiig is pretty funny but I don’t think she’d ever want to host a late night show.

The ma­jor­ity of my day is spent at the of­fice, and I like spend­ing my day that way. I feel like I get stuff done.

I’ll never get mar­ried. I just think “why does any­body have to get mar­ried?” You can just date, DATE.

There’s no de­sire, like less than zero de­sire for me to have a child. My dog woke up in the mid­dle of the night last night and I haven’t re­cov­ered since.

Com­ing up, we’re go­ing to be fol­low­ing the elec­tion and just do­ing more of what we’ve been do­ing.

I have no prob­lem ask­ing dumb ques­tions or ap­pear­ing stupid by ask­ing those ques­tions.

It’s an ed­i­fi­ca­tion pro­cess. It’s like: OK, what else can I learn, who can we get? I want to help all the reg­u­lar peo­ple in the world get more in­for­ma­tion. NEED TO KNOW… “Chelsea” is in its first sea­son on Net­flix and streams Wed­nes­days, Thurs­days and Fri­days world­wide. net­flix.com.hk

“I’ll be on cam­era and then I yell ‘I’m pee­ing! I’m pee­ing!’ and then we stop.”

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