Part­ing Shot

Kaitlin Ol­son

Newsweek International - - CONTENTS - —Christina Zhao

The FXX sit­com It’s Al­ways sunny In Philadel­phia has been run­ning for 13 sea­sons—that’s two more than the clas­sic com­edy Cheers and four more than Se­in­feld. Like Cheers, it’s about a gang of peo­ple who fre­quent a pub-style bar, Paddy’s; as in Se­in­feld, the friends never grow or learn any­thing. In­ten­tion­ally cheap and an­ar­chic, the show (some­times called Se­in­feld on crack) fea­tures a group of so­cio­pathic al­co­holics: volatile Mac (co-cre­ator Rob Mcelhenney), il­lit­er­ate Char­lie (Char­lie Day), de­gen­er­ate pa­tri­arch Frank (Danny Devito) and his delu­sional twins, Den­nis (Glenn How­er­ton) and De­an­dra “Sweet Dee” Reynolds (Kaitlin Ol­son). Since its de­but in 2005, the shame­less Dee has dab­bled in black­face, lured her friend into co­caine ad­dic­tion for her own fi­nan­cial gain and held a fu­neral for her fake baby to get out of an IRS au­dit. It’s the sort of be­hav­ior that turns a sit­com, and a char­ac­ter, into a cult phe­nom­e­non. “When we started, we were do­ing things that no­body else was,” Ol­son tells Newsweek, “and the show is still com­pletely un­apolo­getic and brave.”

One fan the­ory ex­plains the char­ac­ters thusly: a car­bon monox­ide leak at Paddy’s is caus­ing se­vere brain dam­age.

Oh, I like that, and it would be easy to work in. I’m just go­ing to go ahead and say yes, that’s true.

Is there an­other char­ac­ter on the show you’d like to play?

Ev­ery sin­gle one! But there’s some­thing won­der­ful about Den­nis’s rage. When Glenn goes off, and it’s clear he’s a psy­chopath, those are the only times I ever break. I can’t take it.

What’s the fun­ni­est thing that’s hap­pened on set?

Any­time Danny Devito gets naked— like when he was slimed up and squish­ing out of the couch—is pretty amaz­ing. And alarm­ing.

Any guest star wishes?

Bill Mur­ray.

Last sea­son had an ac­tual mo­ment of sweet­ness, when Mac—played by your real-life hus­band, Rob— ad­mits he’s gay.

That was the re­sult of over­whelm­ing feed­back on so­cial me­dia when Mac first came out [in Sea­son 11]. We were on a sink­ing boat, but once we sur­vived he took it back. The LGBTQ com­mu­nity was so happy a gay char­ac­ter was go­ing to be on the show, then le­git­i­mately bummed when Mac went back into the closet. Rob paid at­ten­tion and was like, “Why not just let him come out?”

“Any­time Danny Devito gets naked is pretty amaz­ing. And alarm­ing.”

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