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Go­ing to Al­co­holics Anony­mous meet­ings can be trau­matic, es­pe­cially for al­ways-sin­gle nurse Wendy (Beth Hall) in sit­com Mom (2013-cur­rent). She’s often full of tears when lead char­ac­ters Christy and Bon­nie (Anna Faris and Al­li­son Jan­ney) are near. Not that Beth minds – she’s just happy to have a job.

She was orig­i­nally cast as Jan­ice in 1

sea­son 1, who’d be in­ter­rupted at the AA meet­ings while telling her story, but the role was cut on day 1 of film­ing. “They said it just wasn’t work­ing,” says Beth, “but they wanted me back, so they cre­ated Wendy.”

She loves com­edy, but Beth is 2

best known as sec­re­tary Caro­line in pe­riod drama Mad Men (2007-2015) – she had 20 ap­pear­ances as a call-ac­tor be­tween 2010 and 2015.

Work­ing part-time let her be a 3

mom to her adopted daughter with Philip, her hubby of 19 years. “The hospi­tal called – they had a safe-sur­ren­der new­born. I had one night to decide and it’s the best de­ci­sion we ever made. I came home with a bun­dle of joy and said, ‘This is our daughter Nina Jane’.”

Be­fore get­ting into act­ing, Beth 4

worked in an an­tique store, jok­ing that “I kinda look like an an­tique. I was dy­ing the grey out of my hair at 25”.

While she en­joys Twit­ter (her han5

dle is @beth­hall), one of the things Beth loves about film­ing with a live au­di­ence is the in­stant feed­back. “I’m from theatre, so I missed that crowd in­ter­ac­tion with some of my other work. But now with Mom, it’s amazing!”

So does she have any­thing in com6

mon with her character? “Wendy is a crier and I’m a crier,” she laughs.

And as for hob­bies, “Be­sides run7

ning after Nina, I like to play poker at least once a week,” she says.

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