Her style of com­edy

Out­landishly fash­ion­able Moira Rose of Schitt’s Creek is one of the most fun roles that Cather­ine O’Hara has in­hab­ited

Waterloo Region Record - - Arts & Life - VIC­TO­RIA AHEARN

TORONTO — Cather­ine O’Hara’s beloved “Schitt’s Creek” char­ac­ter, for­mer soap-star Moira, has in­spired many a meme on so­cial me­dia with her out­landish out­fits, prima donna be­hav­iour and hi­lar­i­ously dra­matic elo­cu­tion.

O’Hara ex­plained the de­vel­op­ment of the diva in an in­ter­view with The Cana­dian Press. On Moira’s over-enun­ci­a­tion and use of ar­chaic words:

“I’ve met peo­ple in my life who speak in a way and with an ac­cent that has noth­ing to do with what you know of their his­tory but you don’t dare ques­tion it. It’s like, ‘OK, all right, I guess you’re French now, OK,’ ” said the Toronto-born Emmy win­ner and “SCTV” alum, whose films in­clude “Beetle­juice,” “Wait­ing for Guff­man,” “Best in Show” and two “Home Alone” films.

“Like any in­se­cure ac­tor ... Moira had to be­lieve that she was ca­pa­ble of so much more than just be­ing a soap-opera char­ac­ter, that she has so much more po­ten­tial. So that sadly comes out in most of her con­ver­sa­tions.” Does O’Hara some­times slip into the char­ac­ter of Moira?

“Oh, way too much, but es­pe­cially if I’m de­fend­ing her — and I have to de­fend her quite a bit,” she said with a laugh. On Moira’s out­look on liv­ing in Schitt’s Creek:

“Moira is not let­ting go (of her past life),” she said. “Moira gets in­volved with (town) things like Jaz­za­gals but not with any kind of agenda. It’s just like, ‘What, you think you can sing? No, no, no.’ Or ‘What? You’re go­ing to di­rect the play? No, that would be me.’ Or ‘You’re go­ing to run things in town? No, not if I have any­thing to say about it.’

“It’s not with any plan to stay in­volved, it’s just more out of a des­per­ate sense of com­pe­ti­tion.” On Moira’s wild out­fits:

“Oh my lord, I’ve had the best,” O’Hara said. “They al­ways look wilder when I’m walk­ing the streets of ‘Schitt’s Creek.’ That is the sil­li­est, when we go on lo­ca­tion.

“But Daniel (Levy) has al­ways said, be­cause we dress this way, you don’t have to ver­bally re­mind the au­di­ence of our past life. It’s just a great vis­ual re­minder of who we were and who, Moira for one, still thinks she still is.”

STEVE WILKIE THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

Cather­ine O’Hara as Moira Rose in “Schitt’s Creek.” Se­ries cre­ator Daniel Levy and cos­tume de­signer De­bra Han­son hunt down deals on authen­tic de­signer cloth­ing for the char­ac­ter.

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