Oscar nominee Amy Ryan was delighted to get two great roles on television this season on the NBC comedy “The Office” and the HBO drama “In Treatment.” She tells GoldDerby, “I think comedy is much harder, so it’s a bigger challenge for me personally, but I love shifting gears so drastically that’s what keeps it fresh.” Our experts and editors agree that Ryan could end up with at least one Emmy bid this year.
On “The Office,” Ryan reprised her role as Holly Flax, a woman who had wooed Steve Carell’s character Michael Scott during season four. Ryan’s character returned this season for nine episodes. She and Scott marry and moved to Colorado to care for her aging parents. Being part of the filming of Carell’s final scenes, Ryan reveals, “There definitely was a sober mood in the air … everyone was just trying to keep the moments lasting as long as possible.”
Ryan debuted on the final season of “In Treatment” as Adele, the new therapist for the show’s main character, counselor Paul Weston (Gabriel Byrne). Dianne Wiest won an Emmy for playing Weston’s shrink in the first season of the show. Ryan describes her tenure on the show as “such an incredible test or exercise for an actor to try and make something interesting while sitting in a chair.”
However, having ushered in Gabriel Byrne’s last session of “In Treatment” and played a part in Steve Carell’s exit from “The Office,” Ryan is worried she may be getting a reputation. As she wryly observes, “I can see all the great men off TV … you’re going to be afraid to see me coming.”