American Way: What’s been your most embarrassing project?
JoAnna Garcia Swisher: I’ve never been afraid to embarrass myself on-screen. I think that’s the essential part of doing comedy: letting your guard down and not being afraid of getting ugly. That said, there are moments when I see Not Another Teen Movie on TV and I blush and squirm seeing the awkward years and terrible haircuts.
AW: Have you ever lied on a résumé?
JGS: [Laughs] I should have — I probably would have gotten a lot more jobs. But I’m one of those people who plays things safe.
AW: Are there any other professions you’d pursue?
JGS: Either animal rescue or interior design.
AW: What defines a good work ethic?
JGS: Gratitude. I think that if you always live your life with that, you appreciate the job. In acting, it makes you want to show up on time, know your lines and be supportive and respectful.