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Aida Turturro's Dog Didn't Give His Squishiness Seal of Approval

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Comedy writer Bonnie Datt once bought a chainmail vest "for clubbing"—a purchase she later came to lament, once she realized that chainmail isn't particularly slimming. Inspired by this, she now spends her spare time asking famous people to dish about purchases which they initially loved—but ended up regretting, for Buyer's Remorse.

Photo credit: Bonnie Datt

As Janice Soprano, actress Aida Turturro created one of the most memorable female characters in television history—nurturing and loving one minute, then murdering her fiancé or stealing someone's prosthetic leg the next. We've followed Aida's career through television, film, Broadway and most recently enjoyed her on the "Car Periscope" episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm. When we recently asked the actress for a Buyer's Remorse story, she gave us a fun one and also shared with us how she turns her Buyer's Remorse into something more positive.

Racked: Hi Aida—can you tell us about a time you had Buyer's Remorse?

Aida Turturro: I love furniture and a lot of time I might buy things in the spur, and then I'm like, "Why did I buy this?" My [solution to the] remorse, after spending the money, is that I get to give it away.

I bought a lot of extra couches in my life—always at auctions for charity. There's a wonderful kids' auction I go to. I got a couch [there] once and I was like, "Why did I buy the couch?" It was a big white couch, but my dog didn't like sitting on it. I swear to you, Buddy was not happy. He wouldn't sit on the couch—there was no area for him to get squishy on. I said, "I can't have it. It's not working."

But guess what—it ended up in a home, in someone's new apartment. They had no money for a couch and they got the couch. It worked out.

If you have remorse, give that thing to someone who can't afford it, who can appreciate it and use it. I do it with clothes. I'm always giving that away. And then you feel like it's turned around. It's wonderful.

· All Buyer's Remorse Posts [Racked]