During our recent webcam chat (watch below), Kaitlin Olson readily admits that her FX hit comedy “It’s Alway’s Sunny in Philadelphia” has “just sort of flown under the radar” when it comes to awards. Indeed, as she recounts, “there was a big Emmy shoot and we all got dressed up for the cover of ‘Emmy’ magazine and we were like ‘What are we doing here? Why do you want us on the cover of your magazine?’” Perhaps because production has just wrapped on an 11th season of the series centered around three friends (Charlie Day, Rob McElhenney and Glenn Howerton) who run a pub. Olson plays Deandra “Sweet Dee” Reynolds, twin sister to Howerton’s Dennis and daughter of Frank (Emmy champ Danny DeVito).
As for the staying power of the laffer, which has already been renewed for a 12th season, Olson explains, “we had a real opportunity to grow and keep doing our thing on FX.” On a personal level, the actress reflects, “my life is totally different, I’m married (to McElhenney), I have two kids and I live in a different place. It’s crazy. It feels like a lifetime ago.”
While her own life has changed dramatically, Sweet Dee is still pretty much the same and she is okay with that. “We set out to not evolve at all. We try to just stay consistent, the characters haven’t evolved.” However, one big change did take place in season 10, as Dee slept with Charlie (Day). She explains how this happened. “In a sitcom, you’re always expecting who’s the girl gonna hook up with, there’s always got to be a love interest. That was something that was never going to happen in our show but Rob thought it would be fun if I accidentally slept with one of them.”
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