Chelsea Handler has a well-earned reputation as a tough cookie, but in her recent interview with Katie Couric, the comedienne shows off her softer side (she has one!) between barbs.
The news anchor and Glamour correspondent, who became a lifelong fan of Handler’s raucous humor after inviting her to last year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner, interviewed the late-night host for the magazine, getting Handler to open up about everything from Brangelina to bullying.
New Jersey native Handler, the youngest of six children, describes first honing her comedic talent as a child, despite her detractors.
“As a child, I didn’t necessarily know if I was funny or not,” she says. “I sure thought I was, and my family was really funny, so together nobody really stood out as being particularly funny because we all just kind of got a kick out of each other. And I got in trouble in school a lot, so whatever I thought was funny wasn’t being interpreted that way at school. And that’s when I was like, Wow, maybe I’m just really annoying.”
The ‘Chelsea Lately’ host, who is rumored to be dating rapper 50 Cent, says that despite her often frank discussion of sex and relationships, she’s in no rush to tie the knot. “I’m not a typical girl in the sense that I’m dying to get married or dying to procreate. I don’t really have those desires. I respect them, but I do feel like more of a guy in that way. And I don’t like to be tied down to one person. I don’t like long-term commitments.”
Couric, who calls Handler’s humor “pretty out there,” asked the host where she draws the line between good fun and bad taste, to which Handler responded, “I’m pretty clear about what I’m willing to say and the lengths I’m willing to go… You don’t want to be nasty, and you don’t want to be malicious. But it’s OK-I mean, funny trumps everything in my mind… Look, I’m never going to please everybody. So I just have to be true to myself and think, OK, this is something I’d say in my living room, so it’s OK to say on the show. Because I want my audience to truly know who I am.”
Part of who Handler is, apparently, is a vocal opponent of all things Angelina Jolie, whom she recently ranted about during a comedy set in Newark. Explaining her tirade to her Couric, Handler says, “I’m not a fan. She just doesn’t come off to me as a sincere woman. She seems like a woman that you’d really want to avoid.”
In her corner, however, is Jolie’s tabloid nemesis, Jennifer Aniston, with whom Handler recently vacationed in Mexico. “Jennifer Aniston makes me laugh,” says Handler, who calls the actress “irreverent and hilarious.”
While she’s clearly comfortable voicing her opinions on other celebrities on her show and in the press, Handler admits that there are limits on what she’ll do for a laugh. “I think talking about children and their looks is not nice. I don’t do that,” she says. “And I don’t talk about people who are dying. I think that’s inappropriate.”
In addition to her ban on certain subjects, Handler is adamant in her anti-bullying message. “I think bullying of anybody, whether they’re gay or straight or anything in high school is unbearable. I dealt with it, and I did it. It’s terrible. And you want the school to tell people that at some point you all grow up, and it was a terrible thing to do, and be a reminder of it’s never acceptable.”
So, despite her biting humor, Handler’s main take-away for fans is self-acceptance. “If there’s a message that I can’t say loud enough, it’s that it’s OK to be who you are… We should be bringing each other up, not putting each other down.”
For the full interview, check out Glamour.com.
Originally reported by PopEater.com. Read the original article here.