Allison Janney is nominated for another Tony award, this time in the Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical category for her performance in 9 to 5: The Musical (not, sadly, for her role in Prop 8. The Musical). Janney won two Emmy Awards for her role on The West Wing, and was nominated for a Tony in 2002.
Janney in 9 to 5: The Musical
Melissa Silverstein has a new interview with Allison Janney on her Women & Hollywood blog, where Allison talks about 9 to 5, The West Wing, and working with Meryl Streep in The Hours.
Here are some of my favorite excerpts from the interview:
I totally agree about needing more Broadways shows about relationships between women, but — don’t shoot me — Wicked bored me a little. Great singing and green makeup, but … eh. Just couldn’t get into it. (I didn’t like the The Wizard of Oz movie much, though, either, so clearly I should just steer clear of anything related to that story!)
On this I definitely agree! CJ was one of my favorite characters on The West Wing, and I loved how her character evolved over the years to become the president’s Chief of Staff. One of life’s great pleasures is watching a confidant, competent woman in charge.
Being funny in spite of herself is working out pretty well. If you need proof, just watch her in one of Karman’s favorite movies, Drop Dead Gorgeous. Janney was hilarious, and her hair deserved its own Oscar.
And just for fun, check out this pic of Janney on the red carpet at the premiere of 9 to 5: The Musical:
What’s your favorite Janney role to date?