From 2005 to 2011, Janet Varney served as the hostess of TBS’s “Dinner and a Movie.” The actress and comedienne is known for portraying Amy Miller on HBO’s “Entourage,” and has had guest spots on “How I Met Your Mother,” “Hot in Cleveland,” “Bones” and “Chelsea Lately.” Nickelodeon fans will get to know her as the voice behind the main superheroine in “The Last Airbender: Legend of Korra” series, which is set for release in 2012. Varney is also one of the co-founders of the annual San Francisco Sketch Comedy Festival, SF Sketchfest. Follow her on Twitter @JanetVarney.
Which BBC America character are you?
I am any character that puts me in the same room with Idris Elba. Except I’d be so excited to be near him, I’d stop breathing. Any chance the “Luther” writers could add a new, fun character who needs an oxygen tank?
Name your vice – which of the deadly sins could you never give up?
I have a hard time relaxing, so I could lose sloth in a second and never miss it. But I’d have a rough time giving up gluttony. Everyone loves a good sweets binge. Oh, and I could never give up murder. Which sin does that fall under?
What dead person gives you the heebie jeebies?
I’m pretty sure having contact with ANY dead person would give me the creeps.
Which cartoon character turns you on?
Maleficent (From Disney’s “Sleeping Beauty”). You know she’s a minx in the sack. Might be a bit too dangerous if she goes all dragon-y on me in the clinches of passion, though…
Who was your childhood crush?
If you could come back to life as a famous historical figure, who would it be?
Wait, so I would be reincarnated into the future as a famous person from the past? That’s so Whovian! Let’s make me Oscar Wilde and see how I fair in Los Angeles, 2025.
Would you rather be at the helm of a time machine or a rocket ship?
“At the helm?” I wouldn’t trust me behind the wheel of an expensive car, much less a time machine or a rocket ship. But I’d pick the time machine if someone else drove.
Would you rather live without a mirror or without caffeine?
Goodbye, caffeine. Hello, severe amounts of under-eye makeup.
What’s your pet peeve?
I have yet to meet a man who has any justifiable reason for wearing a pinkie ring.
What was your childhood fear?
Wasps. For their mean-temperedness, their sting, and their endless martini-drinking.