Picks and Pans Review: Amy Sedaris On... How I Survived High School

updated 07/10/2006 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/10/2006 AT 01:00 AM EDT

>In Strangers with Candy she's an ex-junkie who goes back to high school. In real life actress-comedian Amy Sedaris's time at Raleigh, N.C.'s Sanderson High wasn't that off-the-wall—but it was decidedly quirky. The Class of '80 alum, 45, explains how she made it through:

PLAYING DRESS-UP I like disguise kits and playing make-believe. When people were coming to my home for the first time, I used to pretend I was my mom. I would get into makeup, the wig, the outfit, the heels. They had no idea it was me. That's pretty amazing for 14. Either they were really stupid or I was really good.

SECOND IS BEST [On the track team] I usually came in second. I was never No. 1. I always like second place. I don't reach for the highest star, I reach for the one underneath it. That's why I like playing misfits and losers.

STAY IN SUMMER SCHOOL I went to summer school every summer. I wasn't a very good student. Stuff like chemistry, biology and algebra, I thought, "They'll probably give me a D because I took my summer and did this."

PARTY HARDLY I worked the prom, I didn't go to the prom. I'd much rather work a party than go to a party. Give me a job, where I can say, "Sorry, gotta go deliver these drinks." It's more fun for me.

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