If you’re anything like me, you’re counting down the days until Arrested Development‘s new season is released in May. Every time I watch the show I find something new to like, and recently I’ve been taken with Ann Veale, the placid, frumpy and devoutly religious object of George-Michael’s misplaced affections. She recently did a terrific interview with The A.V. Club, so in celebration of both the upcoming series and of Ann, here are my top five reasons to love Mae Whitman.
1. She’s terrific on Arrested Development.
In a series stuffed to the gills with seasoned veterans like Jessica Walters, Jeffrey Tambor, Amy Poehler, David Cross and Will Arnett, she holds her own, crafting a character that’s funny, memorable and strange, and doing it with practically no dialogue. (Mayonn-egg, anyone?)
2. She’s the voice of April O’Neil in the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
As such, she enters a proud tradition of cool women who look great in yellow (see also: Uma Thurman in Kill Bill, Jubilee, Michelle Williams at the Oscars that one time, and of course April O’Neil from the 1980s TMNT with her yellow jumpsuit that was the most amazing/possibly most unprofessional reporter outfit ever.)
3. Her mom is Laura Roslin.
This is not entirely accurate. But she did play Bill Pullman and Mary McDonnell’s daughter in Independence Day, so that sort of counts, right? She’s also adorable in the movie, especially in the scene where she refuses to lie her mom about her dad letting her stay up late. Damn right, tiny Mae Whitman. That’s the President of the Twelve Colonies you’re talking to.
4. Her best friend is Alia Shawkat (Maeby).
These two have been pals since they co-starred on a show called State of Grace. How much do you want to watch a show starring these super funny ladies? Alternatively, how much do you want to hang out with them and eat chips and talk about stuff you want to buy online? Is it possible I’ve thought too much about this?
5. She’s got a great sense of humor.
Can you imagine playing a character, in your sensitive teenage years, that gets routinely mocked by every other character on the show? I cannot, and yet Whitman rolled with it with grace and good humour. As she tells The A.V. Club, “We do this so we get to be different people all the time, not to be the same beautiful person who goes from movie to movie. I’m just glad I have a path where I can explore all these different and weird characters.” I got nothing but love anyone who will fully and selflessly commit to a character for the sake of comedy, and to have that kind of insight as a kid is especially admirable.
Though there’s never a shortage of stuff to look out for in Arrested Development, keep your eye on Mae Whitman. With her already impressive resume growing steadily, I predict we’ll be seeing a lot more from her in the future. Way to plant, Ann.