After chatting with Kaitlin Olson about her role as the voice of “Destiny” in Finding Dory, but more importantly her role as a mom, I was impressed. I’ve gotta say, I am a big fan.

Kaitlin Olson with Leanette Fernandez

Here are 3 reasons I thought Kaitlin Olson was pretty cool:

  1. She is a mom first, which is why she was running late for our interview…she was dropping her kids off at school. I think that is awesome given how busy she is.
  2. She walked in finishing up a cookie she had to eat in a hurry because she was running late…I respect this because she eats cookies and she looks fabulous! *I must add that the cookies at that hotel were super good, so I respect the fact that she also stopped at 1 cookie, because I wouldn’t have didn’t.
  3. She is all about the humor in life.

Of course she is cool for more than those 3 reasons but those are the ones that really stand out from our time together. Just read what she had to say and you’ll get it

Finding Dory Interview with Kaitlin Olson

What her favorite characteristic is of her character, Destiny

“I like that she can’t swim well and that she’s imperfect, there’s just something so great about that. …there’s something imperfect about all of them {the characters}, in that they still are making it happen and helping each other out.”

Speaking Whale

“I try not to speak whale as often as possible because I had to do it so much…Andrew and Lindsey were so funny because at the end of every session they were like, “okay sorry but we just need a little bit more whale”…I just felt so dumb doing it [LAUGHTER].”

Why she took this role

“I think Pixar movies are amazing, they really truly are my favorite kids’ movies, Wall-E, Toy Story all of them, they’re just amazing movies, they’re sweet, they have good messages. I honestly found out about the project before I even found out what kind of character it was going it be, instantly I was like “yeah-yeah-yeah yeah-yeah-yeah, anything yes” because I’m on a show that’s for adults, you know, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is not something we let our children watch, [LAUGHTER], so, I was really excited to do a kids’ movie…I wanted to do something they, they could watch.”

Working with Ty Burell

“I got to work twice with Ty, which was the most fun. Ty is truly [LAUGHS] the sweetest, kindest, funniest, most generous person. He’s amazing, I loved working with him…it was great for me to be able to work with him because we came up with a lot of cool stuff that way.”

How long Finding Dory took to make

“I probably did eight or nine sessions over four years…At the time I had one baby and I was pregnant with my second one, so it has been four years, now that little one is four and he came to the premier last night, I know it was pretty cool.”

Lessons to be learned about Friendship from Dory’s & Destiny’s Relationship

“…family is really what you make of it and if you don’t have one, you can create one with good people around you, which is really amazing… the just keep swimming thing is a really wonderful thing for everybody to keep in mind.”

Balance being a parent with her career

“…my kids are one hundred percent my priority, so I don’t take things that will take me away from them too much. I recently agreed to do this pilot called The Mick, it just got picked up on Fox, so I’ll be shooting that next year and luckily we’re mid season, so it’s just going to be twelve episodes this coming first season. I said I wanted to produce it so I could make sure that it was not only the vision that I wanted but that I could also have a little bit of control over the schedule. I always want to be there for bedtime, there are times when I miss it but it’s rare that I go a day without seeing them…”

The role humor plays in her life

“It’s number one [LAUGHS] well patience is number one and then humor…it’s huge…it’s I think it’s of the utmost importance. It’s a huge part of my life. Our set and our Mick set will be filled with people who are kind to each other and funny, because we’re all putting in all these hours and having a gigantic long day. You don’t want to hang out with people who are filled with drama and entitlement issues…so when it comes to parenting, as long as I can be a total goofball and they think I’m a goofy idiot, I’m perfectly happy with that.”

See! Isn’t she down to earth and awesome?

Finding Dory swims into theaters on June 17th

***Have you checked out my Finding Dory interview with Ellen DeGeneres & Ed O’Neill or read about my Finding Dory World Premiere Experience or the time I Danced with Ellen DeGeneres? Get caught up by clicking on the links for the full story.