The comedian, who stars in Netflix’s Derek Special, reveals what his cat knows about him

By Jennifer Garcia
Updated March 31, 2015 07:55 PM

Judging from his Golden Globe hosting gigs, funnyman Ricky Gervais may offend people from time to time. But someone he can always count on? His cat Ollie.

The comedian, 53, who stars as an oddball retirement-home worker in Netflix s Derek Special (out April 3), shared secrets only his cat Ollie knows in the new issue of PEOPLE.

“My cat knows I’m a warm person. Well, she doesn’t know that I’m a person, to be honest. But she knows I’m warm. Particularly around the lap area,” says Gervais.

Ollie also does her best to keep tabs on the comedian around the house.

“My favorite thing she knows is that I regularly go to the kitchen for a beer and have to walk past the stairs,” he says. “She runs up and gets to the stair that’s head height for a little fight with me through the banister.”

The Netflix special, a bittersweet comedy-drama about a group of outsiders living on society’s margins, is a stand-alone episode following the first two seasons of the series, both of which are currently streaming on Netflix.

For more from Gervais and his cat Ollie, pick up the new issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands now.

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