Viewers couldn't help but laugh at the ridiculousness of Tanya carrying those ashes around (and sometimes misplacing them), but when she got into the brass tacks of her relationship with her mom, the blend of veneration, horror, scars, and uncertainty was ultimately relatable.
2.Her "core of the onion" speech was heartbreaking, hysterical, and so REAL all at once.
3.Jennifer dragged herself out of a year of "self-destructing" in lockdown to deliver one of the most memorable performances of the year.
Fraught with hesitation, insecurity, and the tenuous power of being a rich, white woman, her turns of phrase speak volumes. Lines like, "Hmm, that's a lot of sugar," followed shortly by, "OK," are inane but perfect — even something as ridiculous as, "Death is the ultimate immersive experience," sounds right from her.
6.She has just the right level of kook: almost over the top, just grounded enough.
Tanya is a character who could have easily gone flying into the ethers with excessive quirkiness, but Coolidge anchors her with heart and a true genuineness behind her often wild words and behaviors.
7.Her interactions with Paula and Olivia.
8.The way she makes even the zaniest wardrobe look perfect.
9.Even when you hate what she's doing, she plays Tanya with such humanity within her flaws that it's hard to totally hate her.
10.And yet somehow, she's never been nominated for an Emmy or other major award!
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