For many comedy fans, Melissa Fumero needs no introduction.
The 40-year-old New Jersey native had her major breakout role in 2013, when she was cast as Amy Santiago in Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Yet, only a couple years after the series began, Fumero told Uproxx, “A lot of [the role] was me being really nervous, because I just wanted to do a good job and I’d never been this deeply immersed in comedy before.” However, with the show running for 8 seasons (and Fumero nailing the part of Amy), you wouldn't believe that the star was once nervous about generating laughs.
Now, Fumero has returned for a new workplace comedy, Blockbuster, which premiered on Netflix at the beginning of November and boasts loads of nostalgia and winking meta references. But ahead of the show's debut, Fumero sat down with PureWow as part of a partnership with Crest and Oral-B that aims to bring oral care to millions of children in need by “closing the smile gap.” And amidst a discussion of this partnership, Fumero opened up about everything from filming Blockbuster to pandemic life with her kids to even her friendship with Andy Samberg.