One of Jenny Slate’s first-ever crushes? Michael Dukakis

"...I flipped out and invited him to my birthday party. He did not attend."

Jenny Slate arrives at the world premiere of "Venom" on Oct. 1, 2018, at the Regency Village Theater in Los Angeles. –Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP

Growing up in Milton, actress/comedian Jenny Slate, 36, had an unconventional crush: a Massachusetts politician almost 50 years her senior.

In an interview with Boston magazine published Wednesday, Slate said that the former Massachusetts governor and onetime presidential candidate Michael Dukakis, 84, was “one my first crushes that I ever had.”

“My greatest memory is going to the Boston Pops with my dad and we ran into Michael Dukakis and I flipped out and invited him to my birthday party,” Slate said. “He did not attend.”

Slate, who can currently be seen in theaters in “Venom” with Tom Hardy, will be in town later this month for a pair of shows at the Wilbur, a place she said she remembers frequenting when she was younger.


“Before I really knew anything about being an actress, I always imagined that I would be one in Boston,” Slate told the publication. “My parents always saw every performance at the A.R.T. in Cambridge and I thought I wanted to be in the Repertory theater. That was before I realized that I can’t do a British accent and will never be that kind of an actress.”

Slate did not touch on her on-again, off-again relationship with Sudbury native Chris Evans, but did joke that she is open to meeting “a hunk.”

“Generally, I don’t feel like men approach me,” Slate said. “I don’t know if it’s because they sense from me that I’m glaring at them and saying you are complicit in the oppression that is the patriarchy and unless you’re super cool, I don’t want to talk to you?”

Slate’s performances at the Wilbur will take place on Monday, Oct. 29 and Tuesday, Oct. 30. The Tuesday show is already sold out, but tickets for Monday’s show are still available on the theater’s website.


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