Jennifer Coolidge named in Time's 100 Most Influential People

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By Asiya Ali

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The exceptional Jennifer Coolidge has made the cover of Time's 100 Most Influential People issue.

The Time Magazine's 100 list is a detailed compilation of the most prominent names not just in Hollywood, but also significant people in other industries making a difference in the world.

This year, the 61-year-old actress who had a resurgence in her career after becoming a fan favorite on the award-winning series The White Lotus has landed on the cover as one of the magazine's 100 Most Influential People.

For the cover story and interview, Coolidge looked glamorous as she donned an elegant black dress with a flowing train. She spoke about her massive following and how she earned more roles in TV and films at 61 than she ever did in her iconic three-decade career.

"I just find it baffling, absolutely baffling, that this is happening," she said of her career revival. "But guess what? I really like it. It's like I was like Sleeping Beauty, where I was locked in a box under the bed or something. And now I'm out and it's like, 'Well, I'm sure glad they let me out of that box because this is way better.'"

The Golden Globe-winning star wowed audiences with her portrayal of Tanya McQuoid in the drama series so much that she now gets invited to prestigious parties.

"People that you don't even know - cool people that I've always respected are inviting me to cool parties and producers and directors that I've admired, I'm actually meeting with them now," she said.

Coolidge's famous past roles include Paulette Bonafonté in Legally Blond, Steve Stifler's mom in American Pie, Fiona in A Cinderella Story, and Sherri Ann Cabot in Best in Show.

She said her popularity may be due to her being genuine, saying: "Even if it's not what you're supposed to say," and adding: "Maybe that's what I'm doing: I'm saying things that you're not supposed to say. To be honest, sometimes I think it's just because I'm tired."

Lastly, the Legally Blond star shared some advice for younger women and stated they should concentrate less on being beautiful to a romantic partner and more on working on themselves.

"There was just like, a giant chunk of my life that was wasted on trying to get boyfriends who didn’t want me, instead of just, you know, taking care of business and, and working on my own thing," she revealed. "I think we have to really take care of ourselves and get our own thing going. And then if a guy comes in, it’s all great. Or if a guy doesn’t come in, it’s all great."

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Also on the magazine's coveted list in the "Icons" category are two actors who have become spotlighted in the film industry: Ke Huy Quan, who won the best supporting actor Oscar for Everything, Everywhere All At Once, and Pedro Pascal, who stars in The Last of Us, and The Mandalorian.

WNBA star Brittney Griner - who was released from Russian jail after more than nine months - also made the icons list with the movie stars.

The influential artist's sections include Creed actor Michael B. Jordan, Charlie Angel's Drew Barrymore, and Coolidge's The White Lotus co-star Aubrey Plaza.

The innovators' list highlights comedian Nathan Fielder, French soccer player Kylian Mbappé, and Disney CEO Bob Iger. Meanwhile, the "Titans" list showcases musician Beyoncé, actress Angela Bassett, businessman Elon Musk, soccer player Lionel Messi, footballer Patrick Mahomes, and Chef Padma Lakshmi.

Featured image credit: Imagespace / Alamy

Jennifer Coolidge named in Time's 100 Most Influential People

vt-author-image

By Asiya Ali

Article saved!Article saved!

The exceptional Jennifer Coolidge has made the cover of Time's 100 Most Influential People issue.

The Time Magazine's 100 list is a detailed compilation of the most prominent names not just in Hollywood, but also significant people in other industries making a difference in the world.

This year, the 61-year-old actress who had a resurgence in her career after becoming a fan favorite on the award-winning series The White Lotus has landed on the cover as one of the magazine's 100 Most Influential People.

For the cover story and interview, Coolidge looked glamorous as she donned an elegant black dress with a flowing train. She spoke about her massive following and how she earned more roles in TV and films at 61 than she ever did in her iconic three-decade career.

"I just find it baffling, absolutely baffling, that this is happening," she said of her career revival. "But guess what? I really like it. It's like I was like Sleeping Beauty, where I was locked in a box under the bed or something. And now I'm out and it's like, 'Well, I'm sure glad they let me out of that box because this is way better.'"

The Golden Globe-winning star wowed audiences with her portrayal of Tanya McQuoid in the drama series so much that she now gets invited to prestigious parties.

"People that you don't even know - cool people that I've always respected are inviting me to cool parties and producers and directors that I've admired, I'm actually meeting with them now," she said.

Coolidge's famous past roles include Paulette Bonafonté in Legally Blond, Steve Stifler's mom in American Pie, Fiona in A Cinderella Story, and Sherri Ann Cabot in Best in Show.

She said her popularity may be due to her being genuine, saying: "Even if it's not what you're supposed to say," and adding: "Maybe that's what I'm doing: I'm saying things that you're not supposed to say. To be honest, sometimes I think it's just because I'm tired."

Lastly, the Legally Blond star shared some advice for younger women and stated they should concentrate less on being beautiful to a romantic partner and more on working on themselves.

"There was just like, a giant chunk of my life that was wasted on trying to get boyfriends who didn’t want me, instead of just, you know, taking care of business and, and working on my own thing," she revealed. "I think we have to really take care of ourselves and get our own thing going. And then if a guy comes in, it’s all great. Or if a guy doesn’t come in, it’s all great."

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Credit: Newscom / Alam

Also on the magazine's coveted list in the "Icons" category are two actors who have become spotlighted in the film industry: Ke Huy Quan, who won the best supporting actor Oscar for Everything, Everywhere All At Once, and Pedro Pascal, who stars in The Last of Us, and The Mandalorian.

WNBA star Brittney Griner - who was released from Russian jail after more than nine months - also made the icons list with the movie stars.

The influential artist's sections include Creed actor Michael B. Jordan, Charlie Angel's Drew Barrymore, and Coolidge's The White Lotus co-star Aubrey Plaza.

The innovators' list highlights comedian Nathan Fielder, French soccer player Kylian Mbappé, and Disney CEO Bob Iger. Meanwhile, the "Titans" list showcases musician Beyoncé, actress Angela Bassett, businessman Elon Musk, soccer player Lionel Messi, footballer Patrick Mahomes, and Chef Padma Lakshmi.

Featured image credit: Imagespace / Alamy