Eden Sher has played Sue Heck, eternal optimist and all-around do-gooder, on “The Middle” for seven years now. As much as she has made the role her own, she reveals during our recent webcam chat (watch above) that she almost didn’t get the part. “It is a miracle I was cast; it was not a easy process,” she says as she recounts the seemingly endless auditions and callbacks. “There would just be more and more girls — it was a total Sue moment.”
While Sher won the Critics’ Choice TV Award for Comedy Supporting Actress in 2013 (and was nominated in 2011, 2012, 2015 and this year), inexplicably she has to yet to contend at the Emmys. That is surprising given that she is the heart and soul of this comedy gem that anchors the Wednesday night ABC line-up. However, the actress takes it all in her stride and remains focused on enjoying the day-to-day experiences with a cast that she considers family. “I don’t watch every single episode. I am proud of the work when I do it but if I happen to be in a self-conscious mood, I know that I will get nit-picky.”
And while Sher loves Sue, she readily admits that one aspect of her character grew wearisome — that long hair. As she explains, “I am pretty sure that Keri Russell cutting her hair on ‘Felicity’ is why there was a clause in my contract saying I could not cut my hair.” As she tells us, it took till this year before producers finally relented to her request. “With Sue going to college, she was going to mature. It was a good physical manifestation of the growth that they were going to let happen with Sue.”
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