Molly Shannon Returns to TV

Funny lady Molly Shannon will be gracing our TV screens once again, when her new comedy Kath & Kim premieres Tuesdays this fall on NBC.

Kath & Kim is based on the Australian version of the show about a dysfunctional mother and daughter who move back in together. Molly will be playing mom Kath to daughter Kim, played by Selma Blair.

The first thing I wanted to know: How the heck is Molly playing Selma's mom? Plus, you'd think most actresses are too vain to do that. But not Molly.

"The two women in the Australian series are the same age. People don't know that. They play mother and daughter, but they're from a comedy troupe and they're the same age... So I don't mind. I'm like if the part's good, I don't care about that. I feel like comedy kind of frees you from that."

For those of you who loved Molly's comedy on Saturday Night Live, you won't be disappointed, as she'll definitely have fun getting into character:

"She [Kath] wears jumpsuits and thinks she's sexy and wears leotards. French manicures with diamonds. All about the nails. She's a hairdresser so she has two different hairstyles. Always changing her hair. Different tones of color in her hair. Maybe two different cuts together... She thinks she's stylish."

Lastly, Molly Shannon is more than pleased to be back on TV (though she has "a fear of disappointing the real die-hard fans" of the original series), mostly because of the schedule:

"I have little kids so I took a lot of time off and I just wanted to be with my little kids and not work so hard. I'm sure it will be hard. It's finding that balance. I don't like to just kill myself... I don't like all work, it makes me really unhappy... Those girls who are on single hour-long dramas—you will not see me on one of those... To me I don't like acting that much. I don't want to be acting that much... I'd rather be in my own life."

Hey, who could blame her?

 

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