Watch: Allison Tolman on being compared to Frances McDormand in ‘Fargo’

In FX’s anthology adaptation of the Coen brothers’ “Fargo,” Allison Tolman plays Deputy Molly Solverson, a character not unlike the one that earned Frances McDormand a Best Actress Oscar for the 1996 film, but Tolman is confident that she has carved out a unique character of her own and not an imitation.

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“I feel that while they’re both really strong, really similar characters,” said Tolman at the New York City premiere of the series, “that Coen fans will be able to … pick out the similarities and appreciate the differences as well.”

But the actress was careful to avoid being overly influenced by the famous film when she prepared for the role: “I purposely avoided watching it from the time that I auditioned until about five weeks after we started filming. I wanted to give myself a little bit of distance so that I didn’t end up doing an accidental impression of Frances McDormand.”

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