BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 13: Janelle James attends the Red Carpet of the 2nd Annual HCA TV Awards - Broadcast & Cable at The Beverly Hilton on August 13, 2022 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/WireImage)
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The Ava One-Liner
Abbott Elementary
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"Abbott Elementary" is well into its second season, and while fans couldn't be happier, there are others who are secretly thrilled to reunite with everyone's new favorite horrible boss, Ava Coleman, played by Emmy-nominated comedian and actor Janelle James. In fact, fans have grown so fond of Abbott's morally troubled principal that they seemingly can't help but quote her in their everyday life.
In one episode, Janine (Quinta Brunson) faints in the middle of the hallway after failing to eat the entire day, and after seeing her co-worker drop to the floor, Ava compares her to a zombie and says, "Let me back my tasty ass up." James confessed in an interview that fans love to quote this Ava one-liner across the internet.
She also revealed that this was her first improvised line on the show, saying, "A lot of the stuff comes to us already funny on paper, so I don't improv a lot." She goes on to share one of her favorite lines, "Damn, last time I was up this early was to cuss out the mailman. Don't need all those bills coming."