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Jennifer Coolidge attends the 28th Annual Critics Choice Awards at Fairmont Century Plaza on January 15, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. Ariana Grande attends the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.

If you thought Jennifer Coolidge’s recent comment about playing a dolphin was wild, her latest thoughts shared about her friend Ariana Grande will make you gasp in shock. The White Lotus star opened up Monday (January 16) about the pair’s relationship and the singer’s “rare” personality in an interview with ET Canada.

Coolidge, who starred in Grande’s “Thank U Next” music video, has been promoting her latest role in the rom-com Shotgun Wedding. The actress gushed about Grande, telling the publication, “I love that girl. She has so much cool. I mean, she’s at the beginning of her life and it’s like I… she is someone that is such an unusual story because she’s this very, very old person in a very young body. It’s really rare. I sometimes feel like I’m talking to someone ancient. Her take on things [and everything] is so advanced. I don’t really know how to explain her. I have never met anyone like her in my life.”

As for how Coolidge landed the cameo in Ariana’s music video, she saw the singer in a 2018 appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon do an impression of her at the request of the host. After sharing that her favorite Coolidge films are Best in Show and Legally Blonde, Grande got right into character.

The Watcher actress shared last January during her appearance on the late-night show, “You should know, it was sort of the beginning of a lot of cool things that happened for me. I was going through a dead zone, not much was going on. Then Ariana did this imitation on your show and you encouraged her. And then this ball got rolling.”

She added, “My friend who is her age, Theresa, she was like, ‘You should DM Ariana.’ I thought it was such a good imitation and I was like, ‘No, she’s got like 260 million followers. Those are robots. The robots answer the DMs! And we will never ever get to her.’ And I did it anyway and then this response came back. Next thing you know, I was going to her house getting fit for wardrobe for ‘Thank U Next’. That was all because of Jimmy Fallon.”

Catch Jennifer Coolidge next in Shotgun Wedding, which premieres January 27 on Prime Video.

Jennifer Coolidge's 10 Best Movie and TV Roles Ranked

Jennifer Coolidge is one of Hollywood’s truly funny ladies, with a career spanning 30 years. Coolidge played supporting roles in several comedy movies and guest roles on television, making her first appearance on television in the Seinfeld episode “The Masseuse.” As a voice actress, she played Luanne’s beauty school teacher, Miss Kremzer, for a few episodes on King of the Hill. A few years later, she appeared on Nickelodeon’s As Told By Ginger as a con artist in the series finale episode and most recently, voiced an alien on Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty. At age 61, even if Coolidge isn’t on screen, we can pinpoint her voice by her airy and funny delivery.

In 1999, Coolidge got her big break playing Jeanine Stifler, or “Stifler’s mom” in American Pie, reprising the character in the subsequent sequels. A few years later, Coolidge played yet another iconic character, Paulette Bonafonté, Elle Woods’ manicurist in the Legally Blonde movies. Over the next two decades, Coolidge played other supporting characters in film and television including 2000’s Best In Show, 2004’s A Cinderella Story, 2006’s Date Movie, the 2 Broke Girls series and Netflix’s The Watcher.

Coolidge really made waves when she starred in the first two seasons of HBO’s The White Lotus as Tanya McQuoid. Her insanely rich, totally oblivious and troubled character earned her critical acclaim and recently won her a Golden Globe for the role. Though her character was ultimately killed off in the second season, we can’t wait to see what the future has to hold for Coolidge. Her latest work is in the Amazon Prime rom-com Shotgun Wedding alongside Jennifer Lopez, Josh Duhamel and Lenny Kravitz. Darcy (Lopez) and Tom (Duhamel) gather their families for a destination wedding, but the ceremony gets put on hold when the entire wedding party gets taken hostage. In the film, Coolidge plays Tom’s mother. Shotgun Wedding is available to stream on Prime on January 27.

Take a look at Jennifer Coolidge’s best movie and tv roles below:

  • 10. As Told By Ginger

    Coolidge voiced a character by the name of Nicholas “Nikki” LaPorte, a conman who lived in a trailer park paid off to break up the marriage of Lois Foutley and Doctor Dave. Nikki dresses up as his ex-girflriend from medical school, Diane Francis, by wearing a blonde wig and fools the Doctor.

  • 9. Pootie Tang

    Coolidge played Ireenie in the ridiculous 2001 comedy flick. In the movie, Lecter (Robert Vaughn) encourages his right-hand lady, Ireenie, to seduce Pootie Tang (Lance Croother) into signing an agreement with LecterCorp that would stop Pootie Tang’s influence on America’s children. Pootie Tang falls for Ireenie’s tricks and subsequently falls apart.

  • 8. 2 Broke Girls

    In the sitcom, Coolidge plays Sophie Kaczyńska-Golishevska, who owns a cleaning company called Sophie’s Choice and lives in the apartment directly above Max (Kat Dennings) and Caroline (Beth Behrs). Sophie is always trying to help the girls, but sometimes her richness is overbearing.

  • 7. Rick and Morty

    In season 5 episode 3 (“A Rickconvenient Mort”), Coolidge voices Daphne, an alien who Rick falls in love with during an Apocalypse party. In an effort to break them up, Summer stops the impending asteroid heading for the planet and Daphne no longer wants to be with Rick.

  • 6. The Watcher

    In Ryan Murphy’s television series based on 657 Bouldvard New Jersey home plagued by ominous letters, strange neighbors and sinister threats, Coolidge plays realtor Kathryn Calhoun of Darren Dunn realty. Throughout the thrilling mysery series, Kathryn is one of the many people who is thought to have something to do with the intimidation of getting the Brannock family out of the house.

  • 5. A Cinderella Story

    Coolidge plays Hilary Duff’s wicked stepmother Fiona in this 2004 rom-com. She tans, she botoxes, and she lipos. Though she is terribly mean and unfair, we can’t help but love what ridiculous things she says to Duff’s Sam, like when she really wanted to get something off her chest: “You’re not very pretty, and you’re not very bright.”

  • 4. American Pie

    Finch (Eddie Kaye Thomas) is flabbergasted when he meets Stifler’s mom (Coolidge) when he strays from the party. She asks him if he’s lost and lights up a cigarette while he tries his best to flirt with her. When Finch asks for liquor, Coolidge tells him she’s got scotch, aged 18 years, just how she likes it.

  • 3. Best In Show

    In this 2000 mockumentary starring alongside Christopher Guest, Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara and Fred Willard, Coolidge plays Sherri Ann Cabot, one of five entrants in a prestigious dog show. Sherri Ann is the trophy wife of the elderly Leslie Ward Cabot, her sugar daddy. She’s in it for love, though, as she lists all the things they have in common: they both love soup, the outdoors, snow peas, talking and not talking. As a former two-time winner of the show, Sherri Ann receives help with her Standard Poodle Rhapsody in White, also known as Butch.

  • 2. Legally Blonde

    As Elle Woods’ (Reese Witherspoon) friend and manicurist, Paulette Bonafonté(Coolidge) tries to give her relationship advice even though her own love life is a mess. In the most iconic scene of the movie, Elle goes to the nail salon and teaches everyone her fail-proof plan to land a man: the bend and snap.

  • 1. The White Lotus

    Jennifer’s Tanya McQuoid is our favorite (and only recurring character) of the HBO comedy-drama. In the first season, we loved how obsessed she was with Belinda (Natasha Rothwell) and drove her nuts. In the show’s second season, Tanya now drags her assistant Portia (Haley Lu Richardson) along with her as a crutch for when her new husband Greg (Jon Gries) abandons her. Though Tanya was killed off in the series, she went out with a bang (literally).