The cast of Parks and Recreation for Entertainment Weekly.

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Jenny Slate photographed by Emily Shur for BUST Magazine

“I feel fucking great,” Slate says with enough passion that I actually believe her. Now, after a string of successes, Slate is finding that sweet career spot between desperation and complacency. “I feel super fresh and I feel very ready,” she says. “But I don’t feel desperate anymore—whereas in my 20s, I felt totally desperate. Like, ‘Will anyone listen to me? Will anyone see me? Will I ever be loved? Will I ever be sexually in control?’”

Amy is the best person you could possibly work off of. She’s my favorite actress. We’re good friends [in real life], and then when we have scenes together, there’s just this thing that clicks. Honestly, when I see on the call sheet that we have a scene together, I still get really excited. It’s always something different. It’s not like we revert back to some holding pattern that we have. She always totally surprises me, and I always try to surprise her — although I’m a much less agile performer than she is in a lot of ways. [Laughs] We’re just genuinely having a lot of fun when we’re doing these scenes, no matter how short or long or serious or funny.